David Allan Coe (born September 5, 1939) is an American songwriter, outlaw country music singer, and guitarist who achieved popularity in the 1970s and 1980s for his unique brand of humorous and oft-controversial persona and writing. Coe put the “outlaw” in Outlaw Country.

As a singer, his biggest hits were “Mona Lisa Lost Her Smile,” “The Ride,” “You Never Even Called Me by My Name,” “She Used to Love Me a Lot,” and “Longhaired Redneck.” His best-known compositions are the No. 1 successes “Would You Lay With Me (In a Field of Stone),” which was covered 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.

In addition to writing #1 hit songs, Coe has spent time in prison and at one point lived in a cave in Tennessee. He was also part of the original Heartworn Highways ensemble.



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