Shriner's Convention (album)

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Shriner's Convention
Studio album by Ray Stevens
Released February 1980
Genre Pop, Country, Novelty, Comedy
Label RCA
Producer Ray Stevens
Ray Stevens chronology
The Best of Ray Stevens
Shriner's Convention
Wild and Crazy

Shriner's Convention was Ray Stevens' seventeenth studio album, released in 1980, as well as his first for RCA Records. The front of the album's cover shows a drawn picture of Stevens on a motorcycle with a young, curvaceous woman in back of him. Stevens wears a blue, Hawaiian-styled shirt and blue jeans, while the woman wears a bikini, and the two wear shriner hats. In the background of the picture, there is a shriner's parade on the streets. On the back of the album, there is a comic strip of happenings at a motel while the parade occurs.

The title track is the album's sole single.

Track listing[edit]

Side A
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Shriner's Convention"   Ray Stevens 5:33
2. "The Last Laugh"   Burke, Black, Gillespie 2:36
3. "Rita's Letter"   Sharp 3:30
4. "The Watch Song"   Mike Neun 3:28
Side B
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Dooright Family"   Ray Stevens 5:05
2. "Hey There"   Richard Adler, Jerry Ross 2:37
3. "Put It in Your Ear"   Layng Martine, Jr. 2:42
4. "You're Never Goin' to Tampa With Me"   C.W. Kalb, Jr. 2:50
5. "Coin Machine"   Dick Feller 3:12

Album credits[edit]

  • Arranged and produced by: Ray Stevens at Ray Stevens Studio, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Engineer: Stuart Keathley
  • Cover concept: Jerry Bradley
  • Art direction and cartoon illustration: Herb Burnette
  • Lettering: Bill Noss
  • Graphics by: Pinwheel Studios, Nashville

Chart performance[edit]


Chart (1980) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 4
U.S. Billboard 200 132


Year Single Peak chart positions
US Country US CAN Country
1980 "Shriner's Convention" 7 101 2