1940 - 2001
Born in Moorhead, Miss., in 1940, Johnny Russell began recording as a teen-ager in California.
Both a singer-songwriter, he wrote "Act Naturally," a song which became one of the most-recorded songs ever by the likes of Buck Owens, the Beatles and others. He also wrote songs recorded by Dolly Parton, Patti Page, George Strait, Jim Reeves and others.
Known for his wit, he was able to score some success for himself with "Rednecks, White Socks and Blue Ribbon Beer", "Catfish John" and "The Baptism of Jesse Taylor".
"The Opry has lost a dear friend
in Johnny Russell," . "Johnny brought his own irreplaceable brand of
humor and entertainment to the stage."
He suffered from complications of
diabetes, had battled leukemia, and other ailments. He was 61.
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