About the song
In 1960, Ray Peterson released the now iconic song “Tell Laura I Love Her” under the RCA label. The song became a hit and quickly climbed the charts, earning a place in music history as a timeless classic.
“Tell Laura I Love Her” tells the tragic story of a young man who enters a stock car race in hopes of winning the prize money to buy a wedding ring for his beloved Laura. However, the race ends in a fatal crash, and the song unfolds as a heart-wrenching plea from the young man to his friend Tommy to pass on a message to Laura, expressing his undying love for her as he lays dying on the racetrack.
The song struck a chord with listeners and became a popular favorite, despite its controversial subject matter at the time. Many radio stations initially refused to play the song due to its perceived morbid themes, but it still managed to garner a large following and remains one of Ray Peterson’s most well-known tracks.
The emotive power of the song lies in Peterson’s soulful and heartfelt delivery, as he conveys the deep emotions of the song’s protagonist. The haunting melody and poignant lyrics combine to create a powerful ballad that resonates with audiences to this day.
“Tell Laura I Love Her” not only propelled Ray Peterson to stardom but also left an indelible mark on the music world. It has been covered by numerous artists over the years and continues to be a popular choice for performances and tributes.
Ray Peterson’s legacy as a talented vocalist and interpreter of emotion is forever linked with this timeless ballad. “Tell Laura I Love Her” stands as a testament to the enduring power of music to evoke genuine emotion and connect with listeners on a profound level.