Johnny Paycheck

paycheck1May 31, 1938 – February 19, 2003

Donald Eugene Lytle, known to the world as Johnny Paycheck, was a country singer/songwriter whose biggest hit became an anthem for disgruntled employees for generations. Paycheck recorded “Take This Job and Shove It” in 1977 and it became his only number 1 hit. Though, Johnny had a number of smaller hits throughout his career, too. He was part of the “outlaw” movement of country music in the 1970’s. But, unlike many of his other outlaw contemporaries, Johnny lived it. Sure others had drug and alcohol issues like he did, but not many of them spent time in prison for shooting someone. But I digress. Johnny’s later years were spent in declining health and bankruptcy. When he died in 2003, longtime friend George Jones donated a burial plot for Johnny to be laid to rest. He was 64.


Woodlawn Memorial Park – Nashville, TN

Specific Location

Jones Family Estates; Just a few yards north of George Jones.



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