Country Music Hall of Famer Ray Stevens’ Wife Has Died

by Amanda Glover

The wife of Country Music Hall of Fame singer/songwriter, Ray Stevens passed away. The tragic event occurred just before midnight on New Year’s Eve.

In a post on Facebook, the spokesperson for the singer discussed his wife’s worsening condition. They also mentioned the canceling of his concert:

“It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we inform you Ray’s wife, Penny, has had a prolonged illness. It has suddenly and rapidly progressed to the end-of-life stage, and Ray is devastated. His only focus right now is her. Regretfully, Ray will not be able to perform the New Year’s Eve show scheduled at the CabaRay. We are incredibly sorry for the inconvenience and hope you all understand. Please send your thoughts and prayers to Ray and his family during this difficult time.”

He also canceled his New Year’s Eve concert at CabaRay. Ragsdale died of cancer in her Nashville home at the age of 78.

The late wife of Ray Stevens is survived by her husband of 60 years. She is also survived by two daughters, four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Arrangements for her funeral will be announced shortly.

Stevens is known for his humorous role in the music industry. Like, who else would title songs “Guitarzan,” “The Streak” and “Would Jesus Wear a Rolex”? In 2020, he even released a pandemic-themed song called, “The Quarantine Song.”

His first hit in the industry came in the 1970s with his two Grammy-winning hits, “Everything is Beautiful” and “Misty.”

As he got older, the singer/songwriter focused on performing at his self-owned CabaRay dinner theater, as well as his recording projects. The producer opened it up in 2018.

Ray Stevens Released an Album Discussing Current Events

Back in October 2021, Ray Stevens released an album titled, “Ain’t Nothin’ Funny Anymore.” The album cover has the veteran singer smiling in a tuxedo in one image and frowning in a clown outfit in another. Although the artist is used to dropping comedic hits, this album finds a way to add comedy to songs about current events.

In an interview on MusicRow, Stevens discusses the album. “When you turn on the news, it seems as though the planet is in utter turmoil. Like my old friend Mel Tillis used to say, ‘laughter is the best medicine in the world.’ And we need it now more than ever. I enjoy recording songs about things that are currently happening in the world… I think there’s something for everyone on this album. It’s something I’m proud of and I hope folks enjoy it as much as I did recording it.”