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Johnny Paycheck

August 23rd, 2014

Birth Name:
Donald Eugene Lytle

Johnny Paycheck


Years Active:
'50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Johnny Paycheck


The first time that many people ever heard of Johnny Paycheck was in 1977, when his “Take This Job and Shove It” inspired one-man wildcat strikes all over America. The next time was in 1985, when he was arrested for shooting a man at a bar in Hillsboro, OH. That Paycheck is remembered for a fairly amusical novelty song and a violent crime (for which he spent two years in prison) is a shame, for it just so happens that he is one of the mightiest honky tonkers of his time. Born and raised in Greenfield, OH, Paycheck was performing in talent contests by the age of nine and riding the rails as a drifter by the time he turned 15. After a Navy stint landed him in the brig for two years, he arrived in Nashville, where he performed in the bands of Porter Wagoner, Faron Young, Ray Price, and George Jones. He recorded several singles under the name Donny Young, then, in 1965, cut his first sides as Johnny Paycheck for the Hilltop label. A year later, he and gadfly producer Aubrey Mayhew started the Little Darlin' label, for which Paycheck recorded his greatest work. Marked by Lloyd Green's knockout steel guitar and Paycheck's broad, resonant vocals (not to mention his rounder's sense of humor) his Little Darlin' records of the 1960s have since become cult favorites. After splitting with Mayhew (and after running his life into the gutter) Paycheck made a celebrated comeback on Epic in the 1970s. “Take This Job and Shove It” was the most famous result, though ballads like “She's All I Got” and “Someone to Give My Love To” are far more indicative of his stylistic range.

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Take This Job and Shove It (Re-Recor.. All-Time Greatest Hits: Joh.. 2:39 $0.99
Old Violin Soul & the Edge – The B.. 3:43 $0.99
Take This Job and Shove It Johnny Paycheck: Biggest Hi.. 2:35 $0.99
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I'm the Only Hell (Mama Ever Rai.. Johnny Paycheck: 16 Biggest.. 3:06 $0.99
She's All I Got Johnny Paycheck: 16 Biggest.. 2:55 $0.99
I'm the Only Hell (My Mama Ever .. Soul & the Edge – The B.. 3:09 $0.99
Outlaw's Prayer Johnny Paycheck: 16 Biggest.. 5:03 $0.99
Drinkin' and Drivin' Johnny Paycheck: 16 Biggest.. 3:03 $0.99
Take This Job and Shove It 21 Country Hits 2:36 $0.99
Slide Off of Your Satin Sheets Soul & the Edge – The B.. 2:56 $0.99
Take This Job and Shove It Take This Job and Shove It 2:37 $0.99
She's All I Got Soul & the Edge – The B.. 2:53 $0.99
Take This Job and Shove It Soul & the Edge – The B.. 2:35 $0.99
Take This Job and Shove It (Re-Recor.. 40 Country Hits – Classic H.. 2:39 $0.99
(It Won’t Be Long) And I’ll Be H.. Original Billboard Hits: Jo.. 2:30 $0.99
Fifteen Beers Soul & the Edge – The B.. 2:38 $0.99
I'm the Only Hell My Momma Ever .. Best of Johnny Paycheck 3:03 $0.99
Slide Off of Your Satin Johnny Paycheck: 16 Biggest.. 2:54 $0.99
Someone to Give My Love To Johnny Paycheck: 16 Biggest.. 2:57 $0.99
Some Kind of Rose Masters of the Last Century.. 1:49 $0.99
Take This Job and Shove It (Re-Recor.. Boys of Country 2:42 $0.99
Family Reunion Come Home to My Heart 3:27 $0.99
Green Grass of Home Please Release Me 3:10 $0.99
Take This Job and Shove It (Live) Willie and Family Live 3:03 $0.99

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