|Birth name||Raymond Earwood|
|Also known as||Mundo Ray|
|Born||October 13, 1952|
|Origin||Del Rio, Texas|
|Died||April 21, 2014(aged 61)|
|Labels||Royal American, GRT, Epic, True, GMC, Excelsior, Primero, Pegasus|
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.
Earwood was born in Del Rio, Texas. After graduating high school in Corpus Christi Raymond 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, and quickly peaked the interest of regional listeners. Shortly thereafter, Earwood's 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 national label, Royal America, 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. At the age of 18 Mundo found himself performing with his heroes at the Grand Ol' Opry, countless festivals, and several shows with a wealth of talent and many industry superstars. Earwood released several charting tracks over the following years, including "Let's Hear it for Loneliness", "Lonesome as a Cowboy" and "I Can Give You Love". Despite various label changes, including a brief stint as "Mundo Ray," Mundo saw another spurt of success with "Behind Blue Eyes" in 1977, with its re-release on another label.
Earwood was offered an opportunity with RCA, which his manager, at the time, declined, after intense negotiations. Though Earwood decided to turn down the offer from this major player in the music industry, he still found tremendous success the following year with the track "Things I'd Do For You", which soared to #18 on the national charts. This same time period also produced hits, such as "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. Mundo wrote for such artists such as Willie Nelson, Mel Tillis, Tammy Wynette and Bobby Vinton over the course of his career. Mundo Earwood is an iconic name in the country music industry & a member of the Texas Music Hall of Fame.
Mundo was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer & a fibrous histiocytoma sarcoma tumor in February 2013 & fought the good fight for more than a year. Receiving his cancer treatment at MD Anderson cancer facility in Houston with the most experienced & cutting edge techniques & doctors available. After many months of chemotherapy & daily radiation treatments they performed a total pancreatectomy, where they removed the diseased pancreas, spleen & gallbladder. In November after several months of recovery from the first surgery he went in for a 2nd surgery to remove a 6 pound sarcoma tumor in his back. Unfortunately the cancer had already spread in his abdomen & less than 6 months later the disease took his life. Prior to his diagnosis Mundo performed around, Houston with local Houston band Southern Comfort. Mundo was a writer of captivating story songs, a pure voice, and raw talent in the country industry, and will be remembered as one of the greats in the 1970s, 1980s and beyond.
|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|
|"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|
|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|
|"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|
- Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 134. ISBN 0-89820-177-2.
- Biography written by Mundo's Daughter Kandice Reid