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Name: Johnny PayCheck  
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Date of Birth: 31st May 1938
Place of Birth: Greenfield, Ohio, USA
Profession: Actor
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Johnny PayCheck (May 31, 1938 – February 19, 2003) was a country music singer.

Born Donald Eugene Lytle in Greenfield, Ohio, he began playing guitar by age 6 and made his first record at age 15. After a time served in the United States Navy (which included a court-martial for assault), he began performing under the name Donny Young. The singer took a job with country music star George Jones, for whom he played bass and steel guitar for several years, co-writing Jones' hit song, "Once You've Had the Best." By the 1960s, he had changed his name to Johnny Paycheck.

A member of the Grand Ole Opry, PayCheck is best remembered for his 1977 hit song, "Take This Job And Shove It" (written by David Allan Coe) which sold over 2 million copies and inspired a motion picture of the same name. In his career, PayCheck recorded eleven songs that made it into country music's top ten chart plus he co-wrote several successful songs for other country singers including "Apartment #9," a hit for Tammy Wynette.

His life was often filled with turmoil and in 1985, PayCheck was convicted of shooting a man in Hillsboro, Ohio and spent two years in prison. His tax problems with the IRS led to his filing for bankruptcy in 1990. Later in the 1990s, he began capitalizing the fourth letter of his name in a style later dubbed CamelCase, preferring to be known as Johnny PayCheck.

PayCheck suffered from drug and alcohol addiction during his career, although he was said to have "put his life in order" after his prison stay. After a lengthy illness, Johnny PayCheck passed away at Nashville's Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

He was interred in Woodlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Nashville.

He is survived by his wife Sharon PayCheck and son Jonathan PayCheck .

Cover versions of Johnny PayCheck songs

  • His 1979 song "(Stay Away From) The Cocaine Train" was covered by The Fall in 1996, re-titled "Stay Away (Old White Train)".
  • "Take This Job and Shove It" was covered by Johnny Cash and the Dead Kennedys.

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