Mundo Earwood

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Mundo Earwood
Birth name Raymond Earwood[1]
Also known as Mundo Ray
Born (1952-10-13)October 13, 1952
Del Rio, Texas, U.S.
Died April 21, 2014(2014-04-21) (aged 61)
Humble, Texas, U.S.
Genres Country
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1972–1989
Labels Royal American, GRT, Epic, True, GMC, Excelsior, Primero, Pegasus
Website www.mundoearwood.net

Raymond "Mundo" Earwood (October 13, 1952 – April 21, 2014) was an American country music singer-songwriter. Earwood's eponymous debut album was released by Excelsior Records in 1981. His most successful single, "Things I'd Do for You", reached the Top 20 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in 1978.

Biography[edit]

Earwood was born in Del Rio, Texas. After graduating high school in Corpus Christi, he enrolled in San Jacinto Junior College but soon moved to Houston where he hired a band, and began playing for $8 at any venue that would book him. Earwood released several records on a small Houston label. His manager took him to Nashville to cut his first major national release, "Behind Blue Eyes", which was initially released on Earwood's own label, Raywood, and eventually sold to the Royal America label, where it spent eight weeks at #1 on the Houston radio charts, six months total on the Houston charts, and a long tenure on the national charts.

He went on to release "Let's Hear it for Loneliness", "Lonesome as a Cowboy" and "I Can Give You Love". "Things I'd Do For You" soared to #18 on the national charts in 1978.[2] This period also produced "Fooled Around and Fell in Love", "Angelene", and "My Heart is Not My Own". He appeared on the Billboard charts 24 times during his career, including several in the Top 40.

Death[edit]

Mundo was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and a fibrous histiocytoma tumor in 2013, which led to his death at the age of 61.[3][4]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Details Peak positions
US Country
Mundo Earwood
  • Release date: 1981
  • Label: Excelsior Records
42

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak positions Album
US Country
[1]
1972 "Behind Blue Eyes" 57 N/A
1974 "Let's Hear It for Loneliness" 59
1975 "She Brings Her Lovin' Home to Me" (as Mundo Ray) 91
1976 "I Can't Quit Cheatin' on You" 86
"Lonesome Is a Cowboy" 70
1977 "I Can Give You Love" 86
"Behind Blue Eyes" (re-release) 32
1978 "Angelene" 69
"When I Get You Alone" 36
"Things I'd Do for You" 18
1979 "Fooled Around and Fell in Love" 25
"My Heart Is Not My Own" 38
"We Got Love" 34
"Philodendron" 73
"Sometimes Love" 67
1980 "You're in Love with the Wrong Man" 27 Mundo Earwood
"Can't Keep My Mind Off of Her" 26
1981 "Blue Collar Blues" 40
"Angela"[A] 32
"I'll Still Be Loving You" 45
1982 "All My Lovin'" 58 N/A
"Pyramid of Cans" 68 Mundo Earwood
1989 "A Woman's Way" 80 N/A
Notes
  • A^ "Angela" also peaked at No. 40 on the RPM Country Tracks chart in Canada.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 134. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. ^ Profile, musicvf.com; accessed May 1, 2014.
  3. ^ Michael, William. "RIP Local Country Star Mundo Earwood". Blogs.houstonpress.com. Retrieved 2014-04-25. 
  4. ^ Mundo Earwood obituary, legacy.com; accessed May 1, 2014.