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Turn Your Radio On was Ray Stevens' eighth studio album and his third for Barnaby Records, released in 1972. Unlike Stevens' previous album releases, this album shows Stevens' spiritual side and was his first album of gospel. The composing of the fourth track, "Let Your Love Be a Light unto the People" was written by Stevens' brother, John Ragsdale. The sixth track, "Have a Little Talk With Myself," was taken from Stevens' album of the same name. The album includes four singles, three of which were issued before this album's release: "A Mama and a Papa," the traditional gospel song "All My Trials," the title track and "Love Lifted Me", the last of which did not chart.

The album was reissued by CBS Records in 1982.

On November 15, 2005Collectables Records re-released this album and his 1975 album Misty together on one CD.

Track listing[edit]Edit

Side 1
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Turn Your Radio On"   Albert E. Brumley 2:09
2. "Love Lifted Me"   James Rowe, Howard E. Smith 3:09
3. "Yes, Jesus Loves Me"   Ray Stevens 2:33
4. "Let Your Love Be a Light unto the People"   John Ragsdale 2:35
5. "A Mama and a Papa"   Tom Autry 2:49
6. "Have a Little Talk With Myself"   Ray Stevens 3:05
Side 2
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "All My Trials"   arranged by Ray Stevens 4:34
2. "I'll Fly Away"   Albert E. Brumley 3:25
3. "Why Don't You Lead Me to That Rock"   Ray Stevens 2:39
4. "Glory Special"   Mrs. J.W. Payte 3:30
5. "Oh! Will There Be Any Stars"   Ray Stevens 3:41

Album credits[edit]Edit

  • Choral backing for "Love Lifted Me": B.C. & M. Mass Choir
  • All other vocal backing: Ray Stevens
  • Arranged and produced by: Ray Stevens for Ahab Productions, Inc.
  • Engineer: Charlie Tallent
  • Design: Rod Dyer
  • Cover photo: John Donegan

Charts[edit]Edit

Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1972 The Billboard 200 175
1972 Billboard Top Country Albums 14

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1971 "A Mama and a Papa" Billboard Adult Contemporary 4
1971 "A Mama and a Papa" Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks 6
1971 "A Mama and a Papa" Canadian RPM Top Singles 72
1971 "A Mama and a Papa" Billboard Hot 100 82
1971 "All My Trials" Billboard Adult Contemporary 6
1971 "All My Trials" Billboard Hot 100 70
1971 "All My Trials" Canadian RPM Top Singles 82
1971 "Turn Your Radio On" Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks 3
1971 "Turn Your Radio On" Canadian RPM Country Tracks 10
1971 "Turn Your Radio On" Billboard Hot Country Singles 17
1971 "Turn Your Radio On" Billboard Adult Contemporary 24
1971 "Turn Your Radio On" UK Singles Chart 33
1971 "Turn Your Radio On" Billboard Hot 100 63

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