Friday, September 6, 2013

Sept. 6: Outlaw country music singer David Allan Coe is 74-years-old today.

David Allan Coe (born in Akron, Ohio) achieved popularity in the 1970s and 1980s. He has written and performed over 280 original songs throughout his career. As a singer, his biggest hits were "You Never Even Called Me by My Name," "The Ride," "If That Ain't Country" and "Mona Lisa Lost Her Smile."
David Allan Coe with Willie Nelson

His best-known compositions are the #1 successes "Would You Lay With Me (in a Field of Stone)" by Tanya Tucker; and "Take This Job and Shove It," which was later covered by Johnny Paycheck that was later a hit movie (both Coe and Paycheck had minor parts in the film).

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 bawdy fun which never made him much money—as well as pointing out that his drummer at the time, Kerry Brown (son of blues guitarist Gatemouth Brown) is black and married to a white woman.

Press links below to view You Tube videos:
-- "Take This Job and Shove It"
-- "I Can Get Off On You"
-- "Would You Lay With Me In A Field Of Stone"

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