DAVID ALLAN COE FACTS:
Hometown: Akron, Ohio
Albums: 40+ Albums since 1969, most recently: All I'll Ever Be (2005); DAC's Back (2010);
Hits: "You Never Even Called Me by My Name," "The Ride," "Mona Lisa Lost Her Smile"
Other: Wrote the song "Take This Job and Shove It"
Few artists have done more for the genre of country western than David Allan Coe. With an incredible number of original tunes and penchant for songwriting that is difficult to match, Coe emerged as one of the preeminent musicians of his ilk in the '70s and '80s, and although he is over 70-years-old he remains a favorite among fans.
Coe lived a troubled life from a very early age, and reportedly was in trouble since he turned 9-years-old. However, by the late '60s he had begun to turn his life experiences into some of the most gritty and informed country songs around. After several moderately successful records, he scored his first big hit with 1975's Once Upon a Rhyme.
The album peaked at number eight on the Billboard country charts and featured what is considered to be one of his most popular songs with "Would You Lay With Me (In a Field of Stone)." Though the song was penned by Coe, it became an even bigger hit thanks to the Tanya Tucker album of the same name.
Throughout much of the '70s, Coe continued to roll out album after album, much to the delight of country fans everywhere. With classic complications such as 1977's Rides Again and '78's Human Emotion, it is no surprise that by the time the '80s rolled around, Coe was just beginning to hit his stride. He found top 10 success for a second time with the 1983 album Castles In the Sand and the single "Mona Lisa Lost Her Smile," which started a string of hits that ran through the rest of the decade.
After reaching the peak of his popularity in the '80s, Coe slowed down throughout the next decade, but that didn't mean he still couldn't provide his fans with some classic material. In 2003, he payed homage to one of his the most legendary country artists of all time, Johnny Cash, with an album of cover songs of some of the Man in Black's biggest hits. However, in 2010 Coe unveiled a record of new singles DAC's Back, proving this outlaw definitely still has something left.