Induct Johnny Paycheck into the Country Music Hall of Fame

Induct Johnny Paycheck into the Country Music Hall of Fame

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Rick Dayton started this petition to Country Music Association Hall Of Fame Nominating Committee and

We, the undersigned, petition the Country Music Association and the Hall Of Fame Nomination Committee, to induct JOHNNY PAYCHECK into the Country Music Hall Of Fame.

In our collective opinion, this is LONG overdue.

His 50-year career began in the 50's singing backup, playing bass and steel for people like George Jones, Faron Young, Porter Wagoner, Skeets McDonald and Roger Miller. He also spent some time with Willie Nelson as one of Ray Price's Cherokee Cowboys.

Shortly after, he charted his first Cashbox song as Donny Young, "Miracle of Love." Also writing many songs for other artists, including Tammy Wynette's first hit, "Apartment No. 9."

He started charting hits under his new name of Johnny Paycheck in the mid 60s. He continued to grow in popularity into the mid 70s. It was then that Johnny helped start the ranks of the "outlaw country" movement, joining forces with artists like David Allan Coe, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and many others.

In the late 70s, his biggest hit, "Take This Job and Shove It," sold over 2 million copies and inspired a motion picture of the same name. This was followed by a string of additional hits.

He has received several Grammy nominations.

Charted 60 singles.

He was an inducted member of the Grand Ole Opry, personally invited by general manager Bob Whittaker.

Received an Academy of Country Music Career Achievement award (1977).

Fans worldwide recognize, along with other artists that have been inspired by Johnny's career, the contributions that Johnny Paycheck has made to country music. Some have called him one of the mightiest honky-tonk singers of his era.

He left a colorful legacy and some outstanding honky-tonk recordings, and was one of the 'outlaw country' pioneers!

As to his outlaw reputation, this is what he had to say, "To me, an outlaw is a man that did things his own way, whether you liked him or not. This world is full of people that want you to do things their way, not necessarily the way you want to do it. I did things my way."

We, the undersigned, think that it is time that Johnny Paycheck joins his other 'outlaw country' buddies with a place in the Country Music Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame has his guitar and gold records in the museum, but he is not a member. We believe this needs to be changed.

Please consider inducting Johnny Paycheck into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

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