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David Allan Coe

David Allan Coe (born September 5, 1936 in Akron, Ohio) is an American country music singer who achieved his greatest popularity in the 1970s and 1980s. He has written and performed over 280 original songs throughout his career. As a songwriter, his best-known compositions are "Would You Lay with Me (in a Field of Stone)," originally recorded by Tanya Tucker, and "Take this Job and Shove It." The latter was a #1 hit for Johnny Paycheck, and it was later turned into a hit movie (both Coe and Paycheck had minor parts in the film).

Style

In addition to humorous songs like "You Never Even Call Me By My Name", a Steve Goodman/John Prine composition that purports to be the "perfect country and western song," he also includes references to himself in his songs to self-promote himself through his music. He references big stars of country music in his lyrics in a way that makes himself their equal, such as in "Willie, Waylon, and Me," and on the line "Johnny Cash helped me get out of prison" in "Longhaired Redneck", a song said to be written about his influential early "outlaw" group with songwriter Danny Sheridan, The Eli Radish Band"

His long career has included twenty-six LPs, with 1987's Matter of Life... and Death being one of the most successful and critically acclaimed. He even put out a concept album, Compass Point, that threads his autobiography (or that of his persona) through an encounter with the famous Caribbean studio for which it was named and where it was recorded.

Rebel Meets Rebel

Coe sang lead vocals for Rebel Meets Rebel, a country-metal band consisting of Coe and Dimebag Darrell, Vinnie Paul, and Rex Brown from Pantera. The self-titled album was recorded between 2001 and 2002, but was not released until after Darrell's death in 2004.

Controversy

Coe was in and out of reform schools, correction centers and prisons from the age of 9. According to his publicity campaigns, he spent time on Death Row for killing an inmate who demanded oral sex. After receiving a conflicting account from prison officials, a Rolling Stone magazine reporter questioned Coe about the claim. His response was to write the song, "I'd Like to Kick the Shit Out of You." In any event, he was incarcerated at the Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield OH (NOT the location of Ohio's Death Row at the time) and was paroled in 1967.

Coe recorded two albums in 1978 and 1982 containing racist and misogynistic lyrics of extreme vulgarity and racial crudity: "Nothing Sacred" and "Underground Album." Also available is a best of the X-rated albums compilation entitled "18 X-Rated Hits". Coe has defended the songs (such as one deriding an adulterous wife who leaves her white husband and children for a black man as a "Nigger Fucker") as bawdy fun which never made him much money. This has also led to confusion regarding offensive works by other artists, especially Johnny Rebel, whose songs are often mistakenly attributed to Coe.

Discography

Singles

  • 1968 — One Way Ticket to Nashville/Prisoner's Release
  • 1970 — Monkey David Wine/Penitentiary Blues
  • 1971 — Tobacco Road/Death Row
  • 1972 — Two Tone Brown/Funeral Parlor Blues
  • 1973 — How Hig's the Water Mama/Tricky Dickey
  • 1973 — Keep Those Big Wheels Hummin'/Memphis in My Blood
  • 1974 — (If I Could Climb the) Walls of The Bottle/Another Pretty Love Song]
  • 1975 — Would You Be My Lady/Rock And Roll Holiday
  • 1975 — You Never Even Called Me by My Name/Would You Lay with Me
  • 1975 — Longhaired Redneck/Family Reunion
  • 1976 — When She's Got Me (Where She Wants Me)/Living on the Run
  • 1976 — Willie Waylon and Me/Please Come to Boston
  • 1976 — You Never Even Call Me by My Name/Longhaired Redneck
  • 1977 — Lately I've Been Thinking Too Much Lately/Under Rachel's Wings
  • 1977 — Just to Prove My Love to You/Play Me A Sad Song
  • 1977 — Face to Face/Play Me A Sad Song
  • 1978 — Divers Do It Deeper/Million Dollar Memories
  • 1978 — You Can Count on Me/Bad Impressions
  • 1978 — If This Is Just A Game/Tomorrow's Another Day
  • 1978 — Bright Morning Light/Suicide
  • 1979 — Jack Daniel's If You Please/Human Emotions
  • 1979 — Fairytale Morning/Now's The Time to Fall In Love
  • 1979 — X's and O's (Kisses and Hugs)/Gone (Like)
  • 1979 — Loving You Comes So Natural/Lost (The Strawberry Daiquiri Song)
  • 1980 — Great Nashville Railroad Disaster (A True Story)/Merle and Me
  • 1980 — Get A Little Dirt on Your Hands/What Can I Do
  • 1980 — I've Got Something To Say/Hank Willians Jr
  • 1980 — If You'll Hold the Ladder/Take It Easy Rider
  • 1981 — Stand by Your Man/Take This Job and Shove It
  • 1981 — Tennessee Whiskey/This Bottle In My Hand
  • 1981 — Dock of The Bay/I Love Robbin's Trains
  • 1981 — Juanita/I'll Always Be A Fool for You
  • 1981 — Now I Lay Me Down to Cheat/If I Knew
  • 1982 — Take Time to Know Her/London Homesick Blues
  • 1982 — What Made to Change Your Mind/Puring Water on A Drowning Man
  • 1982 — Jack Daniels If You Please/Tennessee Whiskey
  • 1982 — Whiskey Whiskey/Those Low Down Blues
  • 1983 — The Ride/Son of A Rebel Son
  • 1983 — Cheap Thrills/You Never Even Call Me by My Name
  • 1983 — Crazy Old Soldier/Drinkin' to Forget
  • 1983 — Ride 'Em Cowboy/Yesterday's Wine
  • 1984 — Mona Lisa Lost Her Smile/Someone Special
  • 1984 — It's Great to Be Single Again/Sweet Angeline
  • 1984 — She Used to Love Me A Lot/For Lovers Only (Part IV)
  • 1985 — Don't Cry Darlin'/You're The Only Song I Sing Today
  • 1985 — My Elusive Dreams/Call Me Breeze
  • 1985 — I'm Gonna Hurt Her on the Radio/He Has to Pay
  • 1986 — Country Boy/Take My Advice
  • 1986 — I've Already Cheated on You/Take My Advice
  • 1986 — Son of the South/Gemini Girl
  • 1987 — Need A Little Time Off for Bad Behavior/It's A Matter of Life and Death
  • 1987 — Tanya Montana/Ten Commandments of Love
  • 1988 — Actions Speak Louder Than Words/Love Is A Never Ending War

Studio Albums

Live Albums

  • 1997 — Live: If That Ain't Country...
  • 2002 — Live at the Iron Horse Saloon
  • 2003 — Live at Billy Bob's Texas

Compilations

  • 1978 — Greatest Hits
  • 1984 — The Best of David Allan Coe
  • 1985 — 17 Greatest Hits
  • 1985 — For the Record: The First 10 Years
  • 1990 — 18 X-Rated Hits
  • 1991 — Biggest Hits
  • 1993 — Super Hits
  • 1993 — The Mysterious Rhinestone Cowboy/Once Upon A Time
  • 1994 — 20 Greatest Hits
  • 1994 — Longhaired Redneck/Rides Again
  • 1995 — Original Outlaw
  • 1995 — Headed For The Country
  • 1995 — Best of the Best
  • 1995 — Compass Point/I've Got Something to Say
  • 1995 — David Allan Coe, Johnny Paycheck & Others
  • 1995 — Human Emotions/Spectrum VII
  • 1995 — Invictus Means Unconquered/Tennessee Waltz
  • 1995 — Tattoo/Family Album
  • 1996 — Lonesome Fugitive
  • 1996 — The Perfect Country and Western Song
  • 1996 — Truckin' Outlaw
  • 1996 — You Never Even Called Me By My Name
  • 1996 — Super Hits, Vol. 2
  • 1997 — 20 Road Music Hits
  • 1999 — 16 Biggest Hits
  • 1999 — Castles in the Sand/Once Upon a Rhyme
  • 2002 — The Original Outlaw of Country Music
  • 2002 — 20 All Time Greatest Hits
  • 2003 — Country Outlaw
  • 2004 — The Essential David Allan Coe
  • 2005 — Ultimate Collection
  • 2005 — For the Soul and for the Mind: Demos of '71-'74
  • 2005 — Castles in the Sand/Hello in There
  • 2005 — Just Divorced/Darlin' Darlin': Plus
  • 2005 — Rough Rider/DAC: Plus
  • 2005 — Unchained/Son of the South: Plus
  • 2005 — At His Best
  • 2005 — The Ride
  • 2006 — Rebel Meets Rebel released with Pantera
  • 2007 — Country Hit Parade
  • 2007 — Early Years

Books

  • Just For The Record...the Autobiography
  • The Book of David
  • Ex-Convict
  • Poems, Prose and Short Stories
  • Psychopath
  • Whoopsy Daisy (audio book)

Notes

References

  • Tucker, Stephen R. (1998). "David Allan Coe". In The Encyclopedia of Country Music. Paul Kingsbury, Editor. New York: Oxford University Press. p. 102.

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