Dixon was born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. He graduated from Barrie North Collegiate Institute in 1977. 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. Carl is married to Betty Ujvar Dixon. They have two daughters named Carlin and Lauren.
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 1989, his demo song Fool's Paradise was heard in the 1989 horror film Freakshow.
In 1997, Dixon was invited to join The Guess Who as lead singer, staying with the band until the spring of 2000, then again from early 2004 until he was sidelined by a car accident down in Australia in April 2008.
His youngest daughter Lauren Dixon is best known for her role as Stevie Lake #2 on The Saddle Club. Carl Dixon wrote the song "Just Because" for The Saddle Club Season 3 CD "Best Friends". "The Saddle Club" was her second role in film, after starring in a short film "The Dreamcatcher". During Lauren's time on The Saddle Club Carl survived a car accident on April 14, 2008. 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. During his recovery, he was replaced in the Guess Who by Derek Sharp.
Dixon's autobiography, Strange Way To Live, was published in January 2015 by Dundurn Press.
- "Coney Hatch". canoe.ca. Jam!. 2011. Retrieved 13 June 2011.
- "Canadian singer Carl Dixon fighting for life in Melbourne". Herald Sun. April 16, 2008. Retrieved 13 June 2011.
- Carl Dixon's Wife Says Injured Ex-Coney Hatch Member 'Has A Very Long Road Ahead Of Him'
- The Saddle Club Interview
- Saddle Club star's dad critical after crash
- The Guess Who website
- CanadianBands.com entry
- CanadianBands.com entry - Coney Hatch
- Personal website
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