‘Take This Job and Shove it’ – Classic Hit Or Miss
Continuing and wrapping up our week of Country Crossovers –
Johnny Paycheck was the legal name of Donald Eugene Lytle ), a country music singer and Grand Ole Opry member most famous for recording the David Allan Coe song “Take This Job and Shove It”.
He achieved his greatest success in the 1970s as a major force in country music’s “Outlaw Movement” popularized by artists such as David Allan Coe, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Billy Joe Shaver and Merle Haggard. In the 1980s, his music career suffered from his problems with drugs, alcohol, and legal difficulties. He served a prison sentence in the early 1990s but his declining health effectively ended his career in early 2000. He passed away in 2003.
But not before leaving this song behind… Even though it technically never was on the pop charts, it’s become an anthem of sorts. “Take This Job and Shove It” spend 18 Weeks on the Country Charts.