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.


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Track listing[edit]Edit

Side A
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Such a Night"   Chase 3:30
2. "Written Down in My Heart"   Davidson 3:04
3. "Take That Girl Away"   Sharp 2:56
4. "Always There"   Keith, Snow 3:38
5. "Where the Sun Don't Shine"   Randy Gilmore, Leath, Sharp 3:15
Side B
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Oh Leo Lady"   Ray Stevens 3:17
2. "Don't Laugh Now"   Ray Stevens 4:09
3. "This Old Piano"   Gray 3:59
4. "Country Boy, Country Club Girl"   C.W. Kalb, Jr., Harold Ragsdale 3:35
5. "Why Don't We Go Somewhere and Love"   O'Dell, Henley 2:48


  • 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]Edit


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

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