Tom Paxton (born Thomas Richard Paxton on October 31, 1937) is an American folk singer and singer-songwriter whose songs have enduring appeal (and include modern standards such as "The Last Thing on My Mind"). In 2009, he received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Paxton was born in Chicago, Illinois, the youngest child of Burton and Esther Paxton. The Paxton family moved to Bristow, Oklahoma in 1948, where Tom grew to adulthood and which he still considers home. He attended the University of Oklahoma, where he majored in drama and developed an interest in folk music.