David Allan Coe

David Allan Coe was born in Akron, Ohio in 1939, and spent much of his early life in reform schools and correctional facilities. After concluding a prison stint in 1967, he moved to Nashville to pursue a music career, busking outside the Ryman Auditorium (where the Grand Ole Opry was then located) and sleeping in a hearse that he parked on the street outside the venue. He signed to Plantation Records, putting out his first two albums -- 'Penitentiary Blues' and 'Requiem for a Harlem' -- on the label before moving to Columbia Records, where he remained for much of the '70s and '80s. Among his biggest hits are "Longhaired Redneck," "She Used to Love Me a Lot" and "You Never Even Called Me by My Name," the latter of which was written by Steve Goodman and John Prine. Coe also wrote "Take This Job and Shove It," which was popularized by Johnny Paycheck. Coe's alternative lifestyle and outlaw style and both earned him a cult following and alienated him from the music industry's mainstream.

David Allan Coe's Son Says He Did Not Abandon His Father
David Allan Coe's son, Tyler, played in his famous father's band for more than a dozen years, beginning when he was just a 15-year-old teenager. Now, as Tyler Coe celebrates his 29th birthday, he is speaking out about his father's behavior, and what he blames for the demise of their r…
David Allan Coe Marries for Sixth Time
Singer-songwriter David Allan Coe, 71, married longtime girlfriend, Kimberly Hastings, 48, Saturday (April 17) in Las Vegas. Toby Keith attended the ceremony as an official witness to the nuptials, which took place at the Little White Wedding Chapel...
Countriest Country Lyrics: No. 6
"I was drunk the day my mom got out of prison/And I went to pick her up in the rain/ But before I could get to the station in my pickup truck/She got run'd over by a damned old train"
'You Never Even Called Me By My Name,' David Allan Coe (1978)
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