Friday Five: Johnny Paycheck
If there were ever a walking, talking, country song, Johnny Paycheck just might have been it. Jail, drinking, money problems and rabble-rousing weren’t just song topics, they were a way of life for Donald Eugene Lytle, born on this day back in 1938. Happy birthday to Johnny–who would have been 75 today had he not passed away in 2003. What’s your favorite song that Paycheck wrote and/or recorded?
5. “Old Violin”
The year prior to the 1986 release of this great steel guitar driven track, Paycheck was sentenced to seven years in prison for shooting at a man’s head. But his personal life didn’t affect his chart success: “Old Violin” made the Top 20.
4. “She’s All I Got”
This single went all the way to #2 in 1971. It was released earlier that year by Freddie North as a pop hit and has also been recorded by Conway Twitty, Tanya Tucker, and Tracy Byrd.
This was Paycheck’s very first charted single back in 1965.
2. “I’m the Only Hell (Mama Ever Raised)”
The coolest part of this video is the wardrobe.
1. “Take This Job and Shove It”
Paycheck’s signature song, Take This Job and Shove It,” was written by his friend David Allan Coe–and hit #1 in 1977, making it Paycheck’s only chart-topper.
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- Ken Morton, Jr.: Another twisted collection of songs to put into the Friday Five Hall of Fame, Juli.
- Arlene: I'd have included "Omie Wise." Doc Watson's is the version I'm familiar with but I think it's been recorded by …
- luckyoldsun: I think the number one country murder ballad is "Frankie and Johnny"--by Jimmie. Also, how about "Delia's Gone" from Harry Belafonte …
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- Paul W Dennis: I think "Banks of The Ohio", "Miller's Cave" and "It's Nothing to Me" are far creepier than several of the …