Crackin' Up!

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Crackin' Up!
Studio album by Ray Stevens
Released June 1987
Genre Country, Novelty, Comedy
Label MCA Nashville #42020
Producer Ray Stevens
Ray Stevens chronology
Get the Best of Ray Stevens
(1987)
Crackin' Up!
(1987)
Greatest Hits, Vol. 2
(1987)

Crackin' Up! was Ray Stevens' twenty-fourth studio album and his fourth for MCA Records, released in 1987. Three singles were lifted from the album: "Would Jesus Wear a Rolex," "Three-Legged Man" and "Sex Symbols," the last two of which did not chart.

Chuck Donkers of Allmusic rated the album four stars out of five, saying that the songs "don't just make you laugh, they make you think, too."[1]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Would Jesus Wear a Rolex"   Margaret Archer, Chet Atkins 2:46
2. "Three-Legged Man"   Shel Silverstein 3:41
3. "Cool Down Willard"   C.W. Kalb, Jr. 3:16
4. "I'm My Own Grandpaw"   Dwight Latham, Moe Jaffe 2:41
5. "The Ballad of Cactus Pete and Lefty"   C.W. Kalb, Jr., Ray Stevens 4:37
6. "Sex Symbols"   C.W. Kalb, Jr. 3:51
7. "Gourmet Restaurant"   Ray Stevens, C.W. Kalb, Jr. 3:45
8. "The Flies of Texas Are upon You"   Layng Martine, Jr., Austin Roberts 3:34
9. "Doctor, Doctor (Have Mercy on Me)"   C.W. Kalb, Jr. 2:54
10. "The Day That Clancy Drowned"   Sheb Wooley 3:09

Album credits[edit]

As listed in liner notes.[2]

  • Produced and arranged by: Ray Stevens
  • Recorded at: Ray Stevens Studio, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Engineer: Stuart Keathley
  • Mastered by: Glenn Meadows at Masterfonics
  • Mixed and mastered using the JVC Digital Mastering System

Musicians

  • Keyboards, synthesizers: Ray Stevens
  • Drums: Tommy Wells
  • Bass: Stuart Keathley
  • Rhythm Guitars, Banjo, Harmonica: Mark Casstevens
  • Electric Guitars: Steve Gibson
  • Background Vocals: Lisa Silver, Diane V. Tidwell, Carol Chase
  • Art Direction: Ray Stevens, Slick Lawson
  • Photography: Slick Lawson
  • Design Concept: Ray Stevens

Chart performance[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (1987) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 25

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak positions
US Country CAN Country
1987 "Would Jesus Wear a Rolex" 41 45

References[edit]

  1. ^ Donkers, Chuck. "Crackin' Up review". Allmusic. Retrieved 16 February 2010. 
  2. ^ Crackin' Up (CD insert). Ray Stevens. MCA Records. 1987. MCAD-42020.