Milestones Mar. 3, 2003

DIED. JOHNNY PAYCHECK, 64, outlaw country singer known equally for his blaring, bad-ass anthems of love and revenge and the real-life troubles behind his surly image; in Nashville, Tenn., where he had been bedridden in a nursing home with asthma and emphysema. Of his dozens of hits on more than 30 albums, PayCheck, born Donald Eugene Lytle (in the '60s he took the name of a boxer KO'd by Joe Louis), was best known for the 1977 workingman's chant Take This Job and Shove It. After a battle with drugs and alcohol, bankruptcy and a prison sentence for shooting a stranger,...

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