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David Allan Coe

A life-long renegade, singer/songwriter David Allan Coe was one of the most colorful and unpredictable characters in country music history. One of the pioneering artists of the outlaw country movement of the '70s, he didn't have many big hits -- only three of his singles hit the Top Ten -- but he was among the biggest cult figures in country music throughout his career.

Born in Akron, OH, Coe first got into trouble with the law at age nine. As a result, he was sent to reform school. For the next 20 years, he never spent more than a handful of months outside of a correctional facility -- he spent much of his twenties in the Ohio State Penitentiary. Released from prison in 1967, the wild-haired, earring-wearing, heavily tattooed Coe went straight for Nashville, where he lived in a hearse that he parked in front of the old Ryman Auditorium, the home of the Grand Ole Opry. Although he didn't conform to Nashville's professional standards, he soon gained the attention of the independent label Plantation Records, which released his debut album, Penitentiary Blues, in 1968. Followed within a year by a second volume, all of the songs on these albums were based on his prison experiences.

Coe then toured with Grand Funk Railroad, a signal that he drew as much from rock's traditions as he did from country. Soon, he began performing in a rhinestone suit given to him by Mel Tillis, as well as a Lone Ranger mask, and began calling himself the "Masked Rhinestone Cowboy." Coe's concerts became notorious for their unpredictability -- frequently he would roar up on-stage astride his enormous Harley, swearing at the audience. He cultivated a large cult following with his act, but he couldn't break into the mainstream. However, other artists found success with his songs -- in 1972, Billie Jo Spears had a minor hit with his "Souvenirs & California Mem'rys," and in 1973, Tanya Tucker had a number one hit with Coe's "Would You Lay With Me (In a Field of Stone)." After Tucker's hit, Coe suddenly became one of Nashville's hottest songwriters; some of the biggest country artists -- including Willie Nelson, George Jones, and Tammy Wynette -- recorded his tunes, leading to his own contract with Columbia Records.

Coe's first two singles for Columbia didn't come close to the country Top 40, but his 1975 cover of Steve Goodman's "You Never Even Called Me by My Name" cracked the Top Ten. Although a string of moderate hits followed, he rarely cracked the country Top 40, although in 1977 Johnny Paycheck took Coe's "Take This Job and Shove It" to number one. During his 13-year association with Columbia, Coe released 26 albums, including the double-album set For the Record: The First 10 Years (1984), 1986's Son of the South (featuring Willie, Waylon, Jessi Colter, and other "outlaws"), and the highly regarded A Matter of Life and Death (1987).

Although Coe had a successful career, it was one plagued with many setbacks. The conservative Nashville music industry frequently snubbed him and he had tax problems with the IRS; at one time, they seized his Key West home, and he went to live in a Tennessee cave until he got back on his feet. Toward the end of the '80s, Coe remarried and began to settle down. Throughout the '90s, he was a popular concert attraction in America and Europe. In addition to his musical career, he also acted in a few movies, including The Last Days of Frank and Jesse James. He also published a novel, Psychopath, and an autobiography. The LP Recommended for Airplay was issued in 1999. The new millennium saw the release of Long Haired Country Boy in 2000; Songwriter of the Tear appeared on Cleveland the following year. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi
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C*m stains on the pillow. Awesome song!!!
It also doesn't mention Rebel To Rebel with Dimebag Darrell
bio definitely doesn't mention his death or even infer that he's dead so meshha1973 try using Google if you want to know.
David Allan coe
to those people looking for the underground album look up whips and things on youtube it is there

I believe, Dave is still alive isn't he??? They wrote the Bio, as if he is dead!!! I believe, Dave is quite a talented man, who at a minimum wrote, some of the most controversia l songs, to some of the greatest outlaw country songs, and inspired many great men, to be bold, and real. Please re- write this to tell us he is still alive. David Allen Coe is a great country good ole boythey don't build Em >like this anymore!!!
loved his music he was real on what he felt and sang
Real music from day one
Please follow me everyone if you hate Justin beiber
We all love him in the deep South Florida
This is the first DAC song I heard. hooked ever since
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You have the balls the most men wish they had
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Thank you Colo
Great song !!!!
Don't read this because it actually works you will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life now if you don't stop reading this you will die in two days now that you've started reading don't stop this scary put this on five songs in the next 143 min when your done press f6 and your true love name will pop up in your screen in big letter it actually works
Yes meshha1973 but he got in to trouble when he was 9 years old
those Racist songs are really more about frustration if you heard all the words to white girl W a n&%$r he is mad about a woman who left him actually D.A.C. had a black man as his drummer
D.A.C a very colorful brave man and wrote some of the biggtest hits in country music I love Willie Nelson Waylon Jennings and David Allen Cole these guys and Johnny Cash were all buddies and all legends of the outlaw country music scene
The man speaks the truth,love it.Thank you Mr.Cole.
andrew.hinkl e 8
Is it bad to rasit
primalsdaisy 2
He is a Ohio bred true and true love you bro!!
He's so racist XD
I love him , he cracks me up..... lol
if that aint country if that aint the good song
Saw DAC at House of Blues in Dallas Texas,back in 07 ...
pdxdwayne
Sandra Brennan wrote the bio as if he's dead already
He is my life. There is nothing wrong with being country
I LOVE LOVE LOVE DAVID ALLEN COE
I respect this man forever
Bad a**
If that ain't country
I like this song
Hey s**tty - you can find it online..... shallow throat Suzy anybody?
HEY, WHERE'S THAT MOTHERFVCKIN G UNDERGROUND ALBUM?
Love a man who speaks his mind one badass motherf**ker thank you mr david allan coe
Roadapple
Momma sells eggs at the grocery store my oldest sister's athird rate whore dad said she cant come home anymore and he means it.
I think that must be DAC's relative
X-rated coe, the Very Best!
He don't give a rats a** about p.c.
He is what he is and if you don't like if that's you problem. He is here to be himself and not to please you. If he ain't southern , at least by attitude, ain't nobody
Met david and his wife a couple times have i think every record hes ever made been an idol of mine since i was knee high to a grass hopper and will be til i die CHEERS DAVID KEEP KICKIN A** BROTHER
dawg400
I was drunk the day mamma got out of prison
And i went to pick her up in the rain
But before i could get there in my pickup truck
She got runned over by a damned ol train
Damn predictive text.
Sharma David Allen. I love him & D.A. & Korn & Slipknot & EARNEST & Talmadge TUBB........ . . . . S H . . . . . .
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading don't stop. This is so scary post this on 5 other songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary it actually works
Love it I'm from Canton Oh
axelcompton
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. However if you don't post this comment to you will die in 2 days. Now that you've started reading don't stop. Put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters. This is scary because it actually works
The best man in country music right here. It would be an honor to meet this man.
there are worse things to be than a racist
I'm here to enjoy the tunes. Not to make political stmts. if ya can't enjoy the music, go do something else !
D.A.C. Is a Legend!
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