Don't Laugh Now

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Don't Laugh Now
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 1982
GenreCountry, Novelty
ProducerRay Stevens
Ray Stevens chronology
One More Last Chance
Don't Laugh Now
Greatest Hits

Don't Laugh Now was Ray Stevens' nineteenth studio album and his third and final for RCA Records, released in 1982. The front of the album cover shows Stevens looking pensive and holding a comedy mask, while the back cover shows Stevens smiling and holding a tragedy mask. Two singles were lifted from the album: "Written Down in My Heart" and "Where the Sun Don't Shine," both of which became minor country hits.

Track listing[edit]

Side A
1."Such a Night"Chase3:30
2."Written Down in My Heart"Davidson3:04
3."Take That Girl Away"Sharp2:56
4."Always There"Keith, Snow3:38
5."Where the Sun Don't Shine"Randy Gilmore, Leath, Sharp3:15
Side B
1."Oh Leo Lady"Ray Stevens3:17
2."Don't Laugh Now"Ray Stevens4:09
3."This Old Piano"Gray3:59
4."Country Boy, Country Club Girl"C.W. Kalb, Jr., Harold Ragsdale3:35
5."Why Don't We Go Somewhere and Love"O'Dell, Henley2:48


  • Produced by: Bob Montgomery and Ray Stevens
  • "Such a Night," "Take That Girl Away," "Always There," "Where the Sun Don't Shine," "Oh Leo Lady," "Don't Laugh Now," and "Country Boy, Country Club Girl" arranged by: Ray Stevens
  • "Written Down in My Heart," "This Old Piano," and "Why Don't We Go Somewhere and Love" arranged by: Ron Oates
  • Recorded at Ray Stevens Studio, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Engineer: Stuart Keathley


  • Keyboards: Ron Oates
  • Drums: James Stroud
  • Bass: Bob Wray
  • Acoustic guitar: Ken Bell
  • Electric guitars: Reggie Young, John Clausi, Kenny Mims, Michael Spriggs, Larry Byrom
  • Steel guitar: Hal Rugg
  • Strings: Nashville String Machine
  • Background vocals: the Cherry Sisters
  • Photography: Graham Henman
  • Art direction: Barnes & Company

Chart performance[edit]


Year Single Peak positions
US Country
1982 "Written Down in My Heart" 35
1982 "Where the Sun Don't Shine" 63