1953 to 2003
May 31, 1938
February 19, 2003
Greenfield, OH, United States
country music singer-songwriter
Donald Eugene Lytle (May 31, 1938 – February 19, 2003), known by his stage name Johnny Paycheck, was an American country music singer, multi-instrumentalist and Grand Ole Opry member notable for recording the David Allan Coe song "Take This Job and Shove It". He achieved his greatest success in the 1970s as a force in country music's "Outlaw Movement" popularized by artists David Allan Coe, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Billy Joe Shaver, and Merle Haggard. In the 1980s, his music career slowed due to drug, alcohol and legal problems.