This Saturday, the KNUE Gold Rush will feature Grand Ole Opry member, Johnny Paycheck in honor of his birthday. We'll play some of Johnny's biggest hits along with more great hits from the '70's, '80's and '90's!

Johnny Paycheck was born in Greenfield, Ohio as Donald Eugene Lytle. Johnny got his start in music at the ripe age of 9 when he entered many talent competitions. He then landed a job playing bass and the steel guitar in George Jones' band. He also had co-wrote He later co-wrote Jones' hit song "Once You've Had the Best."

Paycheck was a tenor harmony singer with several country performers in the late 1950s and early 1960s which included Ray Price. Paycheck, along with Willie Nelson, worked in Price's band the Cherokee Cowboys.

He achieved his greatest success in the 1970s as a major force in country music's "Outlaw Movement" popularized by artists such as David Allan Coe, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Billy Joe Shaver, and Merle Haggard.

Just us for the KNUE Gold Rush show Saturday mornings from 8am - 10am on 101.5 KNUE.

Johnny Paycheck and Merle Haggard "Old Violin"

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