Shriner's Convention (album)

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Shriner's Convention
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 1980
GenrePop, Country, Novelty, Comedy
LabelRCA
ProducerRay Stevens
Ray Stevens chronology
The Best of Ray Stevens
(1979)
Shriner's Convention
(1980)
Wild and Crazy
(1980)

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.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Shriner's Convention"Ray Stevens5:33
2."The Last Laugh"Burke, Black, Gillespie2:36
3."Rita's Letter"Sharp3:30
4."The Watch Song"Mike Neun3:28
Side B
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."The Dooright Family"Ray Stevens5:05
2."Hey There"Richard Adler, Jerry Ross2:37
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 Feller3:12

In the cassette version of the album, the tracks for "Last Laugh" and "Coin Machine" are reversed.

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]

Album[edit]

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

Singles[edit]

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