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Johnny Russell

Country singer, songwriter. Member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1985. As a singer, one of his hit songs was "Catfish John", which reached the country Top 20 in 1972. As a songwriter, he is most famous for co-writing "Act Naturally", a song that was recorded by both Buck Owens and The Beatles. He was known by many as "the big man with the big heart" for both his girth (over 300 pounds) and pleasant, unselfish demeanor both on and off stage. He would start many of his performances by quipping, "Can everybody see me all right?".

Bio by: Steve Williams


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Steve Williams
  • Added: 1 Nov 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 5919118
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Johnny Russell (23 Jan 1940–3 Jul 2001), Find A Grave Memorial no. 5919118, citing Hendersonville Memory Gardens, Hendersonville, Sumner County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .