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David Allan Coe

Coe performing in March, 2009 Photo: Matthew Woitunski
Background information
Birth name David Alan Coe
Born September 6, 1939 (1939-09-06) (age 70)
Origin Akron, Ohio
Genres Country, Outlaw Country
Occupations Musician, Songwriter, Actor
Instruments Vocals
Guitar
Years active 1956 – present
Labels Columbia Records, D.A.C. Records, Sun Records, Bear Family Records, Legacy Records, Sony Music
Associated acts Rebel Meets Rebel, Bob Wayne and the Outlaw Carnies
Website http://www.davidallancoe.com/

David Allan Coe (born September 6, 1939 in Akron, Ohio) is an American Outlaw country music singer who achieved popularity in the 1970s and 1980s. He has written and performed over 280 original songs throughout his career. As a singer, his biggest hits were "You Never Even Called Me by My Name", "The Ride", "If That Ain't Country" and "Mona Lisa Lost Her Smile". His best-known compositions are the #1 successes "Would You Lay With Me (in a Field of Stone)" 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).

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Style

David Allan Coe is well known as an "Outlaw" style country and western artist. Many of his songs are of a humorous topic and have lyrics about himself in association with other famous country "Outlaws."

During the 1980s, Coe enjoyed a resurgance in mainstream popularity, twice hitting the top 10 of the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart with "The Ride" (1983) and "Mona Lisa Lost Her Smile" (1984). "The Ride" recounts a drifter's encounter with the ghost of country music legend Hank Williams. "Mona Lisa" is a mid-tempo ballad about a broken love affair, featuring allusions to the iconic Da Vinci painting. He also just missed the top 10 in early 1985 with "She Used to Love Me a Lot".

Coe's long career has included twenty-six LPs, with 1987's Matter of Life... and Death being one of the most successful and critically acclaimed. He even put out a concept album, Compass Point, that threads his autobiography (or that of his persona) through an encounter with the famous Caribbean studio for which it was named and where it was recorded.

Coe was a featured performer in Heartworn Highways, a 1975 documentary film by James Szalapski. Other performers featured in this film included Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt, Rodney Crowell, Steve Young, Steve Earle, and The Charlie Daniels Band.

Rebel Meets Rebel

Coe sang lead vocals for Rebel Meets Rebel, a country-metal band consisting of Coe and Dimebag Darrell, Vinnie Paul, and Rex Brown from Pantera. The self-titled album was recorded between 2001 and 2002, but was not released until after Darrell's murder in 2004.

Controversy

Discography

Books

  • Just For The Record...the Autobiography
  • The Book of David
  • Ex-Convict
  • Poems, Prose and Short Stories
  • Psychopath
  • Whoopsy Daisy (audio book)

Notes

References

  • Tucker, Stephen R. (1998). "David Allan Coe". In The Encyclopedia of Country Music. Paul Kingsbury, Editor. New York: Oxford University Press. p. 102.

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