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Johnny Paycheck (May 31, 1938 – February 18, 2003) was a country music singer. He is most famous for covering the David Allan Coe song “Take This Job And Shove It”.

Born Donald Eugene Lytle in Greenfield, Ohio, he began playing guitar by age 6 and made his first record at age 15. After a time served in the United States Navy (which included a court-martial for assault), he began performing under the name Donny Young. The singer took a job with country music star George Jones, for whom he played bass and steel guitar for several years, co-writing Jones’ hit song, “Once You’ve Had the Best. ” By the 1960s, he had changed his name to Johnny Paycheck, a name similar to Johnny Cash, which has sometimes caused confusion.

A member of the Grand Ole Opry, PayCheck is best remembered for his 1977 cover of, “Take This Job and Shove It” (written by David Allan Coe) which sold over 2 million copies and inspired a motion picture of the same name. Colorado Kool-Aid is another of his most famous songs. In his career, PayCheck recorded eleven songs that made it into country music’s top ten chart plus he co-wrote several successful songs for other country singers including “Apartment #9,” a hit for Tammy Wynette.

His life was often filled with turmoil and in 1985, PayCheck was convicted of shooting a man in Hillsboro, Ohio and spent two years in prison. His tax problems with the IRS led to his filing for bankruptcy in 1990. Later in the 1990s, he began capitalizing the fourth letter of his name in a style later dubbed CamelCase, preferring to be known as Johnny PayCheck.


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  • doctorjmo

    hey barmaid,set us up with some of that colorado kool-aid!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    25 Jun 6:51pm Reply
  • illusoryhands

    Steel guitar never sounded so good...

    18 May 8:13pm Reply
  • RiskGrave

    Johnny Paycheck gets terribly overlooked. He's so much more than "Take This Job & Shove It". Just looking at the guy, it's hard to believe he had the vocal range and talent that he did, not just for performing, but songwriting too. I mean, look at song titles like "He's In a Hurry (To Get Home To My Wife)", "If I'm Gonna Sink(I Might As Well Go To The Bottom)" & "I'm The Only Hell (Mama Ever Raised)". They're as witty and great as they sound. RIP Johnny. You left the world some fantastic country music which deserves to be passed on for generations.

    19 Nov 2013 Reply
  • oldirtyvillain

    No shouts in two years. Fuck.

    18 Oct 2013 Reply
  • mrmocha

    optimistic_tour isn't in this shoutbox, therefore I disapprove.

    21 Dec 2011 Reply
  • CDPETE01

    scrobbling johnny paycheck from spotify for the first time only new the shove it song,but boy the hits are good ,will listenin again sometime soon.

    20 Aug 2011 Reply
  • traqua89

    Hell yeah! I played his song "Take this job and shove it" in the car, on my way from my previous job, the same day I quit. It was a wonderful feeling :)

    10 May 2011 Reply
  • DoctaMario

    The last line of his bio cracked me up: "He is survived by his wife Sharon PayCheck and son Jonathan PayCheck." X-D Jonathan PayCheck. Take This Job And Shove It is the stuff!

    21 Oct 2010 Reply
  • theotherivan

    I drank fifteen beers!

    3 Mar 2010 Reply
  • steamboat58

    I played this song loudly at work for a week before I retired. They got pretty tired of it.

    7 May 2009 Reply
  • SweetMelissa12

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    26 Mar 2009 Reply
  • moe_blunts

    The voice of George Jones with the redneck of David Allan the immortal words of Miley Cirus, "the best of both worlds."

    25 Mar 2009 Reply
  • Cajungrandma

    I think we can all relate to this song at one time or another. Johnny told it like it was . He may have made some mistakes ,but he is not to be judged by us. He was a great singer and entertainer. Rest In Peace Johnny!

    3 Jan 2009 Reply
  • Tsteele01

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    25 Nov 2008 Reply
  • mattbrundage

    VykkDraygo: Those who have gone before us have yet to be judged, are not conscious of anything, and are simply "dead in the ground" -- they are not "in the void", so to speak. The soul cannot function independently of the body. This is why the Resurrection of the Dead will be so pivotal: why would Christ come back to resurrect the bodies of people who were already in heaven? Likewise, Judgment Day would lose much of its impact if Christ had already judged the billions and billions of people who had died before His second coming. My beliefs on this subject are actually at odds with the church that I attend, so the jury is still out, I suppose.

    24 Nov 2008 Reply
  • mattbrundage

    And, no, Tejanos, Paycheck has not yet gone to meet his maker. This will occur after the Resurrection of the Dead and Christ's second coming.

    14 Feb 2008 Reply
  • mattbrundage

    Tejanos: I have about 300 Johnny Paycheck songs, and I can't recall any that disparage someone on the basis of race. Just wondering where you got that opinion. Perhaps you are thinking about David Allan Coe.

    14 Feb 2008 Reply
  • Tejanos

    Fuck me .. he did die ... told you, would not bother me one bit ... good to see the shit has gone to meet his maker ... and I am sure the maker was not happy with this boy at all ...

    13 Feb 2008 Reply
  • Tejanos

    A racist piece of shit he is ... not an American by anyones standard! BUT the boy can play some serious good country ... so I like him for that one reason only ... his music / talent ... otherwise, the fuck can die tomorrow and it would not bother me one bit!

    13 Feb 2008 Reply
  • MetallicaACDC

    The guy Johnny Paycheck shot was my grandpa's brother's daughter's husband. That's about the only connection I have to anyone in the music business, lol.

    15 Jan 2008 Reply
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