In a recent
article for Country Music People magazine, the editor Craig Baguley
called Johnny Paycheck 'the greatest singer country music has
ever produced', and went on to opine that George Jones owes his vocal
syling to Paycheck.
Born in 1938, Paycheck showed an early interest in country music and
took up the guitar at the age of age of six. As a teenager, he
hitchhiked around the country, singing in bars. Eventually he enlisted
in the navy where, after a fight with a senior officer, he landed up two
years in the brig.
This was typical of Paycheck's anti-authority attitude which stayed with
him throughout a notorious roller-coaster lifetime of highs and lows
involving drink, drugs, barroom brawls and prison sentences (in 1977,
Paycheck's career single and blue collar anthem, 'Take This Job and
Shove It', inspired one-man wildcat strikes all over America).
After travelling to Nashville in 1958, Paycheck performed in the bands
of Porter Wagoner, Faron Young, Ray Price, and George Jones, before
launching his own solo career.
In 1972, at the height of his success, Epic Records released two
Paycheck albums - 'Someone To Give My Love To' and 'Somebody Loves Me'.
Both titles have now been digitally re-mastered and are reissued on CD
now for the first time.
The accompanying 12 page booklet includes extensive liner notes,
photographs, and full lyrics to every featured track.