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Dixon was born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. During his childhood he enjoyed listening to the Beatles, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, Deep Purple, Jethro Tull, The Who and The Guess Who.
Dixon moved to Montreal in 1979 to perform with a band called Firefly. In 1981, Dixon left Firefly, moving to Toronto, where he answered an ad from the band Coney Hatch, becoming their lead singer. While with Coney Hatch, he wrote and co-wrote many of their hits, such as "Hey Operator" and "Devil's Deck". He spent most of the 1980s and 1990s touring with Coney Hatch, April Wine, and doing solo projects.
In 1997, Dixon was invited to join The Guess Who as lead singer, staying with the band until April 2008.
On April 14, 2008, he was seriously injured in an automobile accident, during the recording sessions for the hit Australian TV series, The Saddle Club. During his recovery, he was replaced in the Guess Who by Derek Sharp.
Dixon made a successful recovery and continues to perform. As a result of his accident, he now makes appearances as a motivational speaker and entertainer. He has written an autobiography about being a singer, and his recovery after the crash.
Dixon's autobiography, Strange Way To Live, was published in January 2015 by Dundurn Press.
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- "Canadian singer Carl Dixon fighting for life in Melbourne". Herald Sun. April 16, 2008. Retrieved 13 June 2011.
- "Lucky to be alive, happy to be home date=Martha Perkins". Haliburton Echo. 2009. Retrieved 13 June 2011.
- The Guess Who website
- CanadianBands.com entry
- CanadianBands.com entry - Coney Hatch
- Personal website
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