Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

February 20, 2003

Johnny PayCheck, 64, the country singer and hard-drinking hell-raiser best known for his 1977 working man's anthem, "Take This Job and Shove It," died Tuesday at a Nashville nursing home where he had been bedridden with emphysema and asthma.

Specializing in earthy, plain-spoken songs, PayCheck recorded 70 albums and had more than two dozen hit singles -- his biggest "Take This Job and Shove It."

Born Donald Eugene Lytle in Greenfield, Ohio, he took the name Johnny Paycheck in the mid-1960s about a decade after moving to Nashville to build a country music career. He began capitalizing the first "c" in PayCheck in the mid-1990s.

His career was interrupted from 1989 to 1991 when he served two years in prison for shooting a man in the head.

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