Ray Pillow

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Ray Pillow
Born (1937-07-04) July 4, 1937 (age 84)[1]
OriginLynchburg, Virginia, United States
Years active1963 - present
LabelsCapitol, ABC, Plantation, Mega, Dot, MCA, First Generation[2]
Associated actsJean Shepard
WebsiteRay Pillow Official Website

Herbert Raymond "Ray" Pillow (born July 4, 1937)[3] is an American country music singer who has also worked as a music publisher and artists and repertoire (A&R) representative. In his career, he has charted 18 times on the Billboard country singles chart, with his highest-peaking song being the number 9 "I'll Take the Dog", a duet with Jean Shepard.[1] After charting for the last time in 1981, Pillow founded Sycamore Records with Larry McFadden,[1] and later worked in the A&R department of Capitol Records.

Today, Pillow continues to perform as a member of the Grand Ole Opry and on popular classic country television programs such as Country's Family Reunion, which airs regularly in the United States on RFD-TV network.

Through his record label, Pillow has released two albums, including Ray Pillow Live and his recent studio effort containing new material, Country Class.

Pillow has been a member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1966.[4][5]



Year Single Chart Positions
US Country
1965 Presenting Ray Pillow
1966 I'll Take the Dog (with Jean Shepard) 11
1967 Even When It's Bad, It's Good
1969 Ray Pillow Sings
People Music
1972 Slippin' Around with Ray Pillow
1975 Countryfied 46
1984 One Too Many Memories
1998 Stars Of The Grand Ole Opry
2014 Country Class
2017 Ray Pillow Live


Year Single Chart Positions
US Country[2] CAN Country
1965 "Take Your Hands Off My Heart" 49
"Thank You Ma'am" 17
1966 "Common Colds and Broken Hearts" 32
"I'll Take the Dog" (with Jean Shepard) 9
"Volkswagen" 25
"Mr. Do It Yourself" (with Jean Shepard) 25
1967 "I Just Want to Be Alone" 56
"Gone with the Wine" 62
1968 "Wonderful Day" 51
1969 "Reconsider Me" 38
1972 "Since Then" 62
"She's Doing It to Me Again" 66
1974 "Countryfied" 80 85
"Livin' in the Sunshine of Your Love" 77
1975 "Roll On, Truckers" 100
1978 "Who's Gonna Tie My Shoes" 97
1979 "Super Lady" 82
1981 "One Too Many Memories" 82


  1. ^ a b c Sandra Brennan. "Ray Pillow biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-10-08.
  2. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 326. ISBN 0-89820-177-2.
  3. ^ Colin Larkin, ed. (1992). The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music (First ed.). Guinness Publishing. p. 1960. ISBN 0-85112-939-0.
  4. ^ "Ray Pillow". Grand Ole Opry. Retrieved July 10, 2012.
  5. ^ "Opry Member List PDF" (PDF). April 23, 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 7, 2012. Retrieved July 6, 2012.

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