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 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.
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