Three Chords and The Truth: Essential Country Music Songs: “Act Naturally”- Buck Owens and The Buckaroos. I knew the Buck Owens version of “Act Naturally ” years before I became a Beatles fanatic and discovered that they covered it with Ringo singing it. I love both versions. The song was written by Johnny Russell and Voni Morrison and became Buck’s first country music chart-topper in 1963. The song was written by Russell but he gave Morrison a song writing credit because she was the one who suggested it for Buck to record. At first Buck didn’t care for the song but his side kick Don Rich did and the song eventually grew on Buck. The song would help launch him into country music superstardom.
As far as The Beatles coming along and covering it in 1965 it was a natural tune to give to Ringo to sing and it would end up on the b-side of their classic “Yesterday” single. Buck Owens would also say that The Beatles covering his song gave a big boost to his career- giving him a lot of street cred.