24. August 2013 By Walter Price 0

Take This Job And Shove It

On this date back in 1977 Johnny Paycheck recorded his signature song “Take This Job and Shove It” (written by David Allan Coe) which was the title track for his 17th album. 

Johnny Paycheck (real name Donald Eugene Lytle) was a member of the Outlaw Country movement of the 70’s with the likes of Willie Nelson, David Allan Coe, Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard and Billy Joe Shaver.

“To me, an outlaw is a man that did things his own way, whether you liked him or not. I did things my own way.”
-Johnny Paycheck

Paycheck eventually ended up in prison for shooting a man in the 80s and when he emerged things never really went his way. He did tour and record but bankruptcy, health problems and a changing music public seemed to get in his way until his death in 2003.

So today, let’s remember the man who popularized one of the legendary anthems for the ‘working men and women’ of the world, with a listen to Johnny Paycheck’s version of “Take This Job and Shove It” (HERE)

R.I.P. Johnny Paycheck (1938-2003)

Check out more about Johnny Paycheck, HERE!