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Johnny Paycheck


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Johnny Paycheck (* 31. Mai 1938 als Don Eugene Lytle in Greenfield, Ohio; † 19. Februar 2003) war ein US-amerikanischer Country-Sänger, der vor allem durch den Hit Take This Job And Shove It bekannt wurde.

Als Jugendlicher durchkreuzte Johnny als Hobo Nordamerika auf Güterzügen. Seine Zeit bei der US-Navy endete nach einem tätlichen Angriff auf einen Vorgesetzten mit einer zweijährigen Gefängnisstrafe. Nach einigen Monaten rastlosen Umherstreifens landete er anschließend in Nashville, wo er unter dem Namen Danny Young einige erfolglose Singles einspielte.

Danach schloss er sich den Begleitbands von Stars wie Porter Wagoner, Faron Young oder Ray Price an. Mit George Jones arbeitete er vier Jahre zusammen. Beide beeinflussten sich gegenseitig stilistisch.

1965 nannte er sich nach einem Chicagoer Boxer in Johnny Paycheck um. Im gleichen Jahr nahm er für ein unabhängiges Label mehrere Singles auf. Der Song A-11 erreichte einen respektablen Platz 26 in den Country-Charts. Durch den Erfolg ermutigt gründete er 1966 gemeinsam mit seinem Produzenten Aubrey Mayhew das Label Little Darlin’ Records. Bereits die erste Single des neuen Labels The Lovin’ Machine konnte sich in der Top-10 platzieren. In diesen Jahren hatte Paycheck erste Erfolge als Songwriter. Tammy Wynette schaffte es mit Apartment No. 9 in die Top-10, Ray Price hatte mit Touch My Heart einen Nummer-3-Hit.

Für das Little Darlin’ Label wurden in den folgenden Jahren einige mittlere Hits produziert. Sein sehr harter Honky Tonk war nicht jedermanns Geschmack. Aufgrund der ausbleibenden Erfolge, die zum Teil durch seine Trunksucht verursacht worden waren, ging das Label 1969 in Konkurs.




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  • doctorjmo

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

    25. Jun., 18:51 Antworten
  • illusoryhands

    Steel guitar never sounded so good...

    18. Mai., 20:13 Antworten
  • 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 Antworten
  • oldirtyvillain

    No shouts in two years. Fuck.

    18. Okt. 2013 Antworten
  • mrmocha

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

    21. Dez. 2011 Antworten
  • 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 Antworten
  • 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. Mai. 2011 Antworten
  • 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. Okt. 2010 Antworten
  • theotherivan

    I drank fifteen beers!

    3. Mär. 2010 Antworten
  • steamboat58

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

    7. Mai. 2009 Antworten
  • SweetMelissa12

    Feel free to check out and join the Country Artist of the Week group. Members can vote for their favorite country artists to be the group's "Country Artist of the Week".

    26. Mär. 2009 Antworten
  • moe_blunts

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

    25. Mär. 2009 Antworten
  • 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 Antworten
  • Tsteele01

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    25. Nov. 2008 Antworten
  • 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 Antworten
  • 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 Antworten
  • 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 Antworten
  • 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 Antworten
  • 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 Antworten
  • 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 Antworten
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