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.
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His first audition wasn't a winner. His second try? That got him through.
David Allan Coe Discharged From Hospital After Battling COVID-19
The outlaw country icon is 82 years old.
David Allan Coe Hospitalized After Testing Positive for COVID-19
The country legend is 81 years old.
Reports That DAC Suffered a Stroke Are False, Says His Guitarist
Amidst stroke rumors and cancelled shows, guitarist Beebe Lee speaks out.
David Allan Coe: $1 Million Fine, Probation for Income Tax Evasion
Country singer-songwriter David Allan Coe has been charged a nearly $1 million fine and given probation after pleading guilty to income tax evasion.
David Allan Coe Charged With Income Tax Evasion, Pleads Guilty
Singer-songwriter David Allan Coe has pleaded guilty to one count of obstructing the due administration of the IRS (aka, income tax evasion). According to officials, he owes the IRS more than $466,000 in taxes from as far back as 1993.
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 relationship.
Blake Shelton, ‘I Still Got a Finger ‘ Is Single-Digit Salute to Bad Bosses
Blake Shelton's new album, Based on a True Story... is just days away from being released, and one of the more buzzed-about tracks on the disc is sure to be the rabble-rousing (and profanity-laced) "I Still Got a Finger." Described by the country superstar as a modern version of the Johnny Paycheck classic, "Take This Job and Shove It," (written by David Allan Coe), the tune is
David Allan Coe Hospitalized Following Collision With Tractor-Trailer
David Allan Coe was hospitalized this morning (March 19) following a car accident in Ocala, Fla., reports ABC Action News. While rescue crews did have to use extrication equipment to remove the 73-year-old from his 2011 Chevrolet Suburban, he was treated for "non-life threatening conditions...
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...