Ray Stevens' 1,837 Seconds of Humor

album art from Ray Steven's 1,837 Seconds of Humor LP

RAY STEVENS
with The Merry Melody Singers
1,837 SECONDS OF HUMOR

1962
MERCURY
MG 20732

12″ LP Album

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cover art from Ray Steven's 1,837 Seconds of Humor LP
cover art from Ray Steven's 1,837 Seconds of Humor LP

Ray Stevens is celebrating 50 years in the music biz. This album was one of his first, which was followed by a slew of records, hits, and ridiculousness. The joker is still producing too! If you weren’t in the Ray Steven’s loop already, check out his official site, and buy some merch:

http://raystevens.com

Or watch some Ray Stevens videos:
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From the liner notes:

THE KID FROM CLARKDALE

(Reading Time: 180 Seconds)

If Clarkdale, Ga. has had few claims to fame to date, it has one now, in the person of Ray Stevens, a multifaceted talent who was born in that town.

Ray sings. He is a skilled satirist. He is an accomplished songwriter (with more than 40 hits to his credit, including Sergeant Preston of the Yukon). He plays piano, trumpet, sax, clarinet, bass, drums, tuba, mellophone and violin. He took his first music lesson at the age of 6; by the time he was 15, he was fronting his own combo. At the same tender age, he became a leading disc jockey in Albany, Ga. (on station WGPC); a year later, he was carrying on inimitably for viewers of WALB-TV in Albany. After a stint as a music major at Georgia State University, he was ready for the giant-sized rewards of show business.

Today, when he isn’t roaming around the country on assorted projects, Ray can be found zooming around Atlanta, Ga. (his current home) in a gleaming Italian sports car. When he is spotted in such flight, the slender (six feet tall, 140 pounds), dark (brown eyes, black hair) sportsman usually is headed for the nearest water hole. But such diversions are rare for Ray these days.

Throughout [this record], Ray is assisted by the Merry Melody Singers and orchestra conducted by Jerry Kennedy. Both the Merry Melody Singers and orchestra conducted by Jerry Kennedy found it extremely difficult to concentrate on the music at hand during the recording of this album. It isn’t that all hands aren’t first-rate professionals. They are. It’s that Ray Stevens’ wit is enough to turn any reasonable soul into a giggling mass.

Try this 12-inch sampling to hear what we mean.

TRACKLISTING:

AHAB THE ARAB
225 seconds

SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES
162 seconds

POPEYE AND OLIVE OIL
185 seconds

THE ROCKIN’ BOPPIN’ WALTZ
95 seconds

PFC RHYTHM AND BLUES JONES
128 seconds

SCRATCH MY BACK (I LOVE IT)
124 seconds

THE ROCK AND ROLL SHOW
262 seconds

JULIUS PLAYED THE TRUMPET
155 seconds

JEREMIAH PEABODY’S POLY UNSATURATED QUICK DISSOLVING FAST ACTING PLEASANT TASTING GREEN AND PURPLE PILLS
142 seconds

FURTHER MORE
139 seconds

A HERMIT NAMED DAVE
220 seconds

Total 1,837 seconds

2 Responses to
“Stevens, Ray : 1,837 Seconds of Humor”

  1. james
    james Says:

    Haha I love this! A tribute to Hermits named Dave every where!

  2. Jim
    Jim Says:

    One of the first albums that I bought as a teenager (along with Chubby Checker and the Beach Boys) and one that I sold at a yardsale for $.50. I distinctly recall watching the buyer walk away and thinking, “man, I wish I hadn’t sold that”. And that was probably 30 years ago. I have been looking for it again for the past 10 years off&on, but I could never remember the name of the album. Finally ………….
    Great album – goofy, but really fun. I remember all the songs and get into singing them from time to time. Glad to have finally found it…… wish it was digital …………

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