Johnny Russell (January 23, 1940 – July 3, 2001) was an American countrysinger, songwriter, and comedian famous for his song "Act Naturally", which was made famous by Buck Owens and The Beatles. His songs have been recorded by Burl Ives, Jim Reeves, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, and Linda Ronstadt.
His recording of his song "Rednecks, White Socks, and Blue Ribbon Beer" was his only top 10 hit, peaking at No. 4 on Billboard magazine Hot Country Singles chart in October 1973. The song was nominated later that year for a Grammy Award. Russell is also known for hits such as "The Baptism of Jesse Taylor," "Catfish John" and "Hello, I Love You."
George Strait topped the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with Russell's song "Let's Fall to Pieces Together."
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