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What is Ray Stevens’ net worth? Who was Ray Stevens’ wife?


Ray Stevens (birth name – Harold Ray Ragsdale) is an American country and pop singer-songwriter who was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2019.

He wrote Gold-certified hits such as I Have Returned and He Thinks He’s Ray Stevens.


Stevens was born on January 24, 1939, in Clarkdale, Georgia, USA.

He started taking piano lessons at age 6. During an interview, Ray said:

”We were just an average American family. My parents loved music and listened to it.”

Stevens went on to say:

”I had a propensity for music at an early age and my mother bought a piano – a used upright – and insisted I take piano lessons. I was 6 years old.”

Stevens formed his first band during high school. It was named – ”The Barons.”

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He once said:

”I was fifteen when I first started performing in a band.”

At the age of 17, Ray moved to Atlanta. There, he met Bill Lowery, a Georgia Tech football broadcaster and radio personality.

At 18, he signed with Capitol Records’ Prep Records division.

Stevens majored in music at Georgia State University.

In 1961, he signed with Mercury Records. With Mercury, Stevens had a few hits, including – Ahab the Arab, Fast-Acting Pleasant-Tasting Green and Purple Pills, Jeremiah Peabody’s Polyunsaturated Quick-Dissolving, Santa Claus Is Watching You, Funny Man, and Harry the Hairy Ape.

In 1962, he released his debut album, titled – ”1,837 Seconds of Humor.”

In the follow-up year, Ray released his second album – ”This Is Ray Stevens.” The album was released by Mercury Records.

In 1968, the musician released his third album, named – ”Even Stevens.”

In 1969, he released his 4th album, called – ”Gitarzan.”

Also in 1969, he released another album, entitled – ”Have a Little Talk With Myself.”

In the 1970s, Ray became a studio musician in Nashville.

In 1980, he was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

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Ray Stevens and Megan Alexander – @Getty

In 1991, Ray opened the Ray Stevens Theater in Branson, Missouri.

In 1992, his Comedy Video Classics became a million-selling home video.

In 2010, Stevens released – We the People, a politically-themed novelty song and video. Later, it was adopted as an unofficial anthem by the Tea Party movement.

On April 14, 2011, he released another album, called – ”The Spirit of ’76.”

In 2012, Ray released an 8-CD collection of 96 comedy songs of all-time, named – ”The Encyclopedia of Recorded Comedy Music.”

On March 24, 2015, he  released the album ”Here We Go Again.” The album includes the singles – Come to the USA and Taylor Swift is Stalking Me.

On January 18, 2018, he opened a performance venue called – ”CabaRay.”

In 2019, Stevens was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

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Ray started his YouTube channel in 2009. 

In December 2009, he released the single “We the People.” The video has more than 5.7 million views on YouTube.

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On August 25, 2014, Ray released his memoir, titled – ”Ray Stevens’ Nashville.” In the book, he details his humble upbringing in Clarkdale as well as his journey to worldwide success.

He said:

”Nashville has been my home for over 50 years. When I first came to this city, Music Row was not fully developed and the music business was mostly in the downtown area.”

Ray continued:

”There was no ‘Nashville Sound,’ no major league teams or interstate highways and no Opryland. The recording studios and publishing offices were scattered around town.”

Stevens continued:

”It was very different then but still today, it feels like home to me.”


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In 1999, Ray was diagnosed with cancer.

At the time, Stevens declared:

”This diagnosis came as a big surprise, but I have complete confidence in my physician’s ability to help me fight this disease.”

Ray fully recovered after a successful surgery.

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Ray Stevens was married to Penny Jackson.

Ray Stevens and wife Penny Jackson


On December 31, 2021, Penny passed away due to cancer at her Nashville home.

She was 78.

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Ray and Penny have two daughters — Timi and Suzy Ragsdale.

At age 10, Suzi was singing on children’s albums.

In 1998, she released her first solo album, called – ”Future Past.” In 2009, Ragsdale released an EP – Best Regards.

Ray Stevens and daughter Suzi Ragsdale

Suzi Ragsdale and Ray Stevens – @Getty

She also provided background vocals for artists such as:

  • Ian Tyson;
  • Randy Travis;
  • Suzy Bogguss;
  • Pam Tillis;
  • Guy Clark.

In an interview, Suzy said about her father:

”As far as growing up with him as dad, and falling in love with this business, he taught me a lot.”

Ragsdale also said:

”But although it has been helpful and valuable to have that knowledge, it hasn’t opened doors with people wanting to give me a record deal.”

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”I got into the business because I loved music.”

”I think we’ve gone overboard with the political correctness just like so many other people think the same way about that.”

”Don’t get me wrong. I’m for legal immigration 100 percent. But illegal anything, I’m not for.”

”I’ve always been kind of a loose cannon. But thank goodness I didn’t blow up any hallowed buildings.”

Ray Stevens – Net Worth

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So, how much is Ray Stevens worth?

Stevens earned most of his wealth from working as a solo artist, television host, songwriter, music arranger, and producer.

His collection “Comedy Video Classics” has sold millions of copies. In 1970, Ray released his first number 1 – ”Everything Is Beautiful.”

His best-known novelty hits include – Mississippi Squirrel Revival, Shriner’s Convention, The Streak, Gitarzan, and Ahab the Arab. Ray won Grammy awards for his songs Misty and Everything Is Beautiful.

In 2016, Stevens paid $2.85 million for a house.

On YouTube, Ray has more than 166 million views–about $500k in revenue.

Therefore, Ray Stevens has an estimated net worth of $10 million.

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Wednesday 29th of December 2021

Bless you and your family. Prayers sent out at this time and dealing with Penny’s illness. We are thinking of you all.

danny prince

Saturday 26th of December 2020

Been a big fan of ray stevens for almost my whole life when I was a kid I first heard harry the hairy ape on the radio and immediately felt a connection with the nut who came up with that one im 68 years old now and can truthfully say that rays music and sense of humor has sustained me through some very bad times?marine corps prison failed marriage a diagnosis of schizophrenia and bi polar disorder and lately cancer through it all I've kept my sense of humor and optimistic outlook on life a lot of ray's music I relate to on a personal level most people think I'm crazier than a bedbug and they're probably right I just view myself as an ipso facto mental health professional who sometimes thinks outside the box I tend to quote ray Stevens lyrics quite a bit and tell friends and family my greatest wish would be to spend a night cat fishing with ray Stevens and Jim Stafford and wouldn't miss my last three semi functioning brain cells at all anyway I just felt I should weigh in and let ray know he is appreciated especially now that the whole world seems to have gone crazy i would say they finally caught up to me but I think it's past me and left me choking in the dust so keep it up I hope I get to see you perform before what time we have is past ill be headed back to Arkansas soon and hoping to get by your night club whenever you're on stage

Richard Mclafferty

Saturday 26th of December 2020

I love, would Jesus wear a rolex on His television show. Truer words were never spoken or sang. I bet that opened some eyes. Thanks. Tut

brenda crouch

Monday 7th of September 2020

I love your songs, and you are just so humble. I believe your songs reflect your personality! My husband really enjoys listening to your singing since they put you on the internet. We listen to your songs all the time.

Carlene Nall

Sunday 26th of July 2020

There is something about Ray that is real and down to earth,,he is so talented,, no one could write material that he does, totally unique,,think it shows his great personality. We have used so many of Rays songs in our pantomimes for years for fund raisers.. everyone loved them and doing them,, thank you Ray,, you are very special to us,,