|Genres:||Country & Bluegrass|
|Tags:||country outlaw country honky tonk classic country johnny paycheck|
|Decades:||1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
|Links:||discogs lyrics myspace secondhandsongs social network VIAF wikidata wikipedia|
Donald Eugene Lytle, 31 May 1938, Greenfield, Ohio, USA, d. 18 February 2003, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. His date of birth is often disputed, and varies between 1938 and 1941. The title of Paychecks 1977 country hit, Im The Only Hell (Mama Ever Raised), is apt as he was in trouble throughout his life; the wild eyes on his album sleeves give the picture. Although only 5 feet 5 inches, Paycheck was tougher than most and served two years for assaulting an officer while in the US Navy. He moved to Nashville and played bass and sometimes steel guitar for Porter Wagoner, Faron Young, Ray Price and chiefly, George Jones. He made several records with Jones, singing tenor on Im A People and the hit singles Love Bug and The Race Is On. At first, Lytle recorded rockabilly as Donny Young in 1959 (Shakin The Blues, written by Jones) and then sang country on Mercury Records (On Second Thoughts)....