“The Baptism of Jesse Taylor”, a song written by Dallas Frazier and Sanger D. Shafer, was recorded by Johnny Russell for the RCA label on May 24, 1973, at RCA Victor Studio, 800 17th Ave. South, Nashville, TN, in the same session also recorded, Rednecks, White Socks and Blue Ribbon Beer were also recorded, the song was released in September 1973, on January 12, 1974, reached number # 14 on the US Hot Country Songs charts, remaining A total of 13 weeks on the charts. On the Canadian Rpm Country A
“The Son of Hickory Holler’s Tramp”, a song written by Dallas Frazier, was first recorded by Johnny Darrell on September 7, 1967, and was released in December 1967.
The Johnny Russell version was recorded for the RCA label, on October 28, 1976, with the production of Jerry Bradley, the single was released in December 1976, on February 12, 1977, reached number 32 on the charts of US Hot Country Songs, and remained a total of 10 weeks in the charts. The song was only released as a single, it was
John Bright Russell (January 23, 1940 – July 3, 2001) was an American country singer, songwriter, and comedian best known for his song "Act Naturally", which was made famous by Buck Owens, who recorded it in 1963, and The Beatles in 1965. His songs have been recorded by Burl Ives, Jim Reeves, Jerry Garcia, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, and Linda Ronstadt.