Johnny Russell performs “The Baptism of Jesse Taylor” Live On That Nashville Music 1982.

Reached number # 14 on the US Hot Country Songs charts, remaining A total of 13 weeks on the charts. The song was included in Johnny Russell's third studio album, “Rednecks, White Socks and Blue Ribbon Beer” (RCA 1973)

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The Baptism of Jesse Taylor

Lp cover Johnny Russell ( RCA 1973 )
Lp cover Johnny Russell ( RCA 1973 )

“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 Albums charts, It reached # 21.

The song was included in Johnny Russell’s third studio album, “Rednecks, White Socks and Blue Ribbon Beer” (RCA 1973), the album reached # 14 of the US Top Country Albums charts, with a total of 13 weeks on the charts. It was Johnny Russell’s most successful album.

Versions:

The Oaks 1973 (Columbia)
Roy Drusky 1975 (Capitol)
Donna Fargo 1981 (MCA)
Alvena Beach 1984 (Columbia)





Johnny Russell – The Baptism of Jesse Taylor Lyrics

They baptized Jesse Taylor in Cedar Creek last Sunday
Jesus gained a soul and Satan lost a good right arm
They all cried hallelujah when Jesse’s head went under
‘Cause this time he went under for the Lord

Among the local taverns there’ll be a slack in business
‘Cause Jesse’s drinking came before the groceries and the rent
Among the local women there’ll be a slack in cheating
Cause Jesse won’t be stepping out again

The scars on Jesse’s knuckles are more than just respected
The county courthouse records tell all there is to tell
The pockets of the gamblers will soon miss Jesse’s money
And a black eye of the law will soon be well

They baptized Jesse Taylor in Cedar Creek last Sunday
Jesus gained a soul and Satan lost a good right arm
They all cried hallelujah when Jesse’s head went under
‘Cause this time he went under for the Lord

From now on Nancy Taylor can proudly speak to neighbors
And tell them just how Jesse took up with little Jim
Now Jimmy’s got a daddy and Jesse’s got a family
And Franklin County’s got a lot more man

They baptized Jesse Taylor in Cedar Creek last Sunday
Jesus gained a soul and Satan lost a good right arm
They all cried hallelujah when Jesse’s head went under
‘Cause this time he went under for the Lord

They baptized Jesse Taylor in Cedar Creek last Sunday
Jesus gained a soul and Satan lost a good right arm
They all cried hallelujah when Jesse’s head went under
‘Cause this time he went under for the Lord

Single Johnny Russell ( RCA 1973 )
Single Johnny Russell ( RCA 1973 )

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