Singer-songwriter Russell to be remembered

By The Associated Press

MOORHEAD — Country music singer-songwriter Johnny Russell will be honored Monday with a marker on the Mississippi Country Music Trail.

The marker unveiling will be held at 10:30 a.m. in Moorhead. Gov. Phil Bryant is among scheduled speakers.

Russell, who wrote the hit “Act Naturally” and ended many Grand Ole Opry shows with his rambling, funny stories, died in 2001 at the age of 61.

The first song Russell recorded, “In a Mansion Stands My Love,” was subsequently recorded by Jim Reeves and was on the flip side to Reeves’ No. 1 hit “He’ll Have to Go.”

In 1963, Buck Owens recorded “Act Naturally,” which went to No. 1 and was recorded by The Beatles two years later. Russell moved to Nashville to continue writing songs.

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