Mojo Nixon, the influential figure in psychobilly music and radio hosting, famous for his quirky hits like “Elvis Is Everywhere,” has died at the age of 66. His death occurred during the Outlaw Country Cruise, where he was co-hosting, following a cardiac event while he slept aboard the ship docked in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Known for his irreverent and satirical songs, including “Don Henley Must Die” and “Debbie Gibson Is Pregnant With My Two-Headed Love Child,” Nixon gained a devoted following for his unique blend of roots and punk rock. His music, characterized by its rockabilly, blues, and R&B influences, resonated with fans of both genres and earned him a place as a college radio staple during his prime.
Born Neil Kirby McMillan Jr. in North Carolina, Nixon’s musical journey began in the 1980s when he teamed up with Richard Banke, also known as Skid Roper, in San Diego. Together, they released several albums, with their third, “Bo-Day-Shus!!!,” gaining national attention for its hit single “Elvis Is Everywhere.” The song’s humorous take on Elvis Presley’s omnipresence became an anthem and propelled Nixon into the spotlight, earning him occasional hosting gigs on MTV.
Beyond his music career, Nixon dabbled in acting, appearing in films like “Great Balls of Fire!” and “Super Mario Bros.” He also found success as a radio DJ, hosting the afternoon show on Sirius XM’s Outlaw Country channel under the moniker “the Loon in the Afternoon.”
Throughout his life, Nixon remained true to his unconventional persona, embracing the wild and free spirit of American rock and roll. His legacy lives on through his music, his contributions to radio, and his larger-than-life personality.
Mojo Nixon is survived by his wife Adaire McMillan, sons Rafe Cannonball McMillan and Ruben McMillan, granddaughter Avery Frances McMillan, sister Jane Holden McMillan, and brother Arthur Reese McMillan. He leaves behind a rich musical legacy and a legion of devoted fans who will remember him for his infectious energy and irreverent humor.