Personalities | Johnny Paycheck | Country Rock & The Outlaws | Country

(Vocals, guitar, 1938–2003)

Johnny Paycheck was, like David Allan Coe, an Outlaw in fact as well as by musical reputation. The former Donald Eugene Lytle was court-martialled from the US Navy in 1956 and served two years in an Ohio prison after shooting a man in a 1985 bar fight. In between he recorded rockabilly as Donnie Young in 1959 and mainstream country as Johnny Paycheck in 1965, scoring hits with ‘A-11’ and ‘The Lovin’ Machine’. He wound up on skid row in LA, got signed by Nashville producer Billy Sherrill and recorded a parade of hits for him, including ‘Slide Off Your Satin Sheets’ (1977) and the No. 1 working-class anthem, ‘Take This Job And Shove It’ (1977, written by Coe). Four of Paycheck’s duets with George Jones became Top 40 singles.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Country Music, consultant editor Bob Allen


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