Johnny Russell

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1970s 1990s 2000s

Biography

John Bright Russell, 23 January 1940, Sunflower County, Mississippi, USA, d. 3 July 2001, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. This hefty Nashville songwriter weighed in at 25 stone, and was fond of remarking that he carried ‘a lot of weight in this town.’ His songs were recorded by artists such as Del Reeves, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, George Jones, Patti Page, and Bobby Vinton. Russell’s family moved to Fresno, California, when he was 12 years old. His ambitions were centred around country music, and he began writing his own songs and performing as a singer/guitarist. Jim Reeves heard his first record, ‘In A Mansion Stands My Love’ (for Radio Records when he was 18), and recorded the song as the b-side of ‘He’ll Have To Go’. Other early Russell compositions include Loretta Lynn’s ‘Two Mules Pull This Wagon’ and the Wilburn Brothers’ ‘Hurt Her Once For Me’. Russell was working on a song about Hollywood...

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