December 27, 2003

THE PERILS OF A NOVELTY HIT SONG:

JOHNNY PAYCHECK B. 1941: Too Bad to Be Forgotten (ANN PATCHETT, 12/28/03, NY Times Magazine)

It has been said that Mother Teresa's greatest act of humility was to die in the wake of grief that belonged to Princess Diana, and so slipped away with relatively little fanfare. Anyone who hoped for recognition in death in Nashville should know that 2003 was the sole property of Johnny Cash. Even though Johnny Paycheck beat the Man in Black off the stage by half a year, his passing, like so much of his music, will most likely be remembered as a footnote to another, greater singer.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 27, 2003 11:00 PM
Comments

Watching a concert by the writer of Paycheck's biggest hit song, David Allen Coe, last year, I had to wonder how the heck David survived this long (better songwriter, but same troubled lifestyle).

Posted by: John at December 28, 2003 8:44 AM
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