Contact Us
Make My Homepage

Whatever Happened to Johnny Paycheck?

Subscribe to KXRB-AM on

There are, of course, names that are legendary in the annals of country music history. Hank Williams. Marty Robbins. Buck Owens. Johnny Cash. Willie Nelson. Donald Lytle.

Donald Lytle?

Well, you know Donald Lytle better by his stage name: Johnny Paycheck.

While Johnny Paycheck had become “known” in the 1960’s for being a member of Ray Price‘s legendary Cherokee Cowboys Band and for writing Tammy Wynette‘s first chart hit “Apartment Number 9″, it was the year of 1977 that vaulted Johnny to super stardom.

The year 1977 was the year of “Take This Job And Shove It”.

Subscribe to KXRB-AM on

The David Allan Coe penned song became more than a classic, it became a working man’s anthem.  Johnny had several huge hits, but he will forever be remembered for two things: 1) “Take This Job And Shove It”, and 2) One of the leaders of country music’s “Outlaw Movement”.  Johnny was quoted as saying “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”.

And sometimes doing things his own way wasn’t the best for Johnny Paycheck. In 1985 he was convicted of shooting a man in an Ohio lounge and sent to jail. After 22 months in prison, Johnny resumed his career which essentially lasted until the late 1990’s. Suffering from emphysema and asthma, Johnny passed away in 2003 at the age of 64.

Best of KXRB

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for KXRB Classic Country VIP Club quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive KXRB Classic Country VIP Club contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.