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Johnny Paycheck

An American singer, songwriter and guitarist.

He is most famous for recording the David Allan Coe song "Take This Job and Shove It".

He began playing guitar by age six and made his first record at age 15.

The singer took a job with country music star George Jones, for whom he played bass and steel guitar.

He later co-wrote Jones' hit song "Once You've Had the Best." Paycheck was a tenor harmony singer for numerous hard country acts of the late 1950s and early 1960s including Ray Price.

Paycheck along with Willie Nelson worked in Price's band the Cherokee Cowboys.

By the 1960s, he had changed his name to Johnny Paycheck.

By the end of the 1960's, Paycheck had descended into alcoholism and drug abuse.

In the early 1970s, Paycheck was revived by producer Billy Sherrill, who significantly changed Paycheck's sound and image.

Some of Johnny's biggest hits from this era were "She's All I Got" a cover of an R&B single by Freddie North.

Paycheck changed his image to that of outlaw, where he was to have his largest financial success.

A member of the Grand Ole Opry, Paycheck is best remembered for his 1977 hit single, "Take This Job and Shove It." (The song was written by David Allan Coe). "Take This Job and Shove It" sold over 2 million copies.

Suffering from emphysema and asthma after a lengthy illness, Johnny Paycheck died at Nashville's Vanderbilt University Medical Center.


The Lovin' Machine Little Darlin' 1966
Johnny Paycheck at Carnegie Hall Little Darlin' 1966
Jukebox Charlie Little Darlin' 1966
Johnny Paycheck Sings Jukebox Charlie Little Darlin' 1967
Gospel Time in My Fashion Little Darlin' 1967
Country Soul Little Darlin' 1967
Wherever You Are Little Darlin' 1969
Again Certron 1970
She's All I Got Koch 1971
Somebody Loves Me Epic 1972
Someone to Give My Love To Epic 1972
Mr. Lovemaker Richmond 1973
Song & Dance Man Epic 1974
Greatest Hits Epic 1974
Country Spotlight K-Tel 1974
Slide Off of Your Satin Sheets Epic 1977
Take This Job & Shove It Epic 1978
Armed and Crazy Epic 1979
Bars, Booze & Blondes Little Darlin' 1979
11 Months and 29 Days Epic 1979
Double Trouble (with George Jones) Epic 1980
New York Town (live) Epic 1980
Everybody's Got a Family, Meet Mine Epic 1979
Mr. Hag Told My Story Epci 1981
Encore Epci 1981
Extra Special Accord 1982
I Don't Need to Know That Right Now Allegiance 1984
Back on the Job Intermedia 1984
Hell Raisers CBS (UK) 1986
Modern Times Mercury 1987
Difference in Me Playback 1988
Johnny Paycheck - Live In Branson, MO, USA Laserlight 1993
Johnny Paycheck Hits Home Sony Special 1995
I'm a Survivor Sterling 1996
Johnny Paycheck Sings George Jones K-Tel 1996
Live at Gilley's Q 1999
Survivor Hitman 2001
Tribute to George Jones K-Tel 2002
Remembering Orpheus 2002

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