Singer Johnny PayCheck, 30 pounds lighter after a six-week hospital stay for an asthma attack, is ready to get back on stage.

PayCheck's first public appearance is scheduled for April 6 at an annual Easter Seals auction in Nashville. Later that week he's to perform on the Grand Ole Opry.PayCheck, 59, suffered the asthma attack on Jan. 8 near Santa Rosa, N.M., while en route to perform in California. His weight is down to 157 pounds.

PayCheck is best known for his 1978 hit, "Take This Job and Shove It."

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