Ray Scott, Boppin' Wig Wam Willie
Ray Scott

People ask me how I ever came up with the idea to write a song like "Flyin' Saucers Rock 'n' Roll". I tell them this: I saw one of those things. Near Indianapolis in '54, I saw something shaped like a big cigar. It was visible to others too. That's when the flying saucer and UFO thing was in the news a lot, so I sat down and wrote a song about flying saucers and rock and roll. Now I didn't do it right away and I didn't write about exactly what I saw. I talked about little green men in the song, and of course, I didn't see any of those fellas. I wrote a lot of songs back in the 50s. I could sit down and write a dozen songs in a day then, if l wanted to. I was raised in Bicknell, Indiana, and I left the area for twenty-eight years. I was in the service in World War II and I met a girl from Memphis when I was stationed at the naval station there. We got married, so we lived there. In all, I lived around Memphis from about '54 to '70, give or take a few years before and after. I guess about '54 I went over to Sun Records because I only lived a few blocks away. I hung out there with the musicians. I was always basically a country singer myself. I'm still country. I do a Jerry Lee Lewis type of rockabilly, but I'm country. I've played music for over forty years and I never even studied it in school. I got serious about the music business when as a kid I bought a guitar. It's been downhill ever since. I used to work a factory job five days a week, then play music five nights a week in a club.

I have done about everything there is to do in my life. The hardest thing, though, was playing on the road. Maybe you've heard of my old band, Ray Scott and the Demens. That stood for demented. We played all over the Memphis area. I had a vivid imagination then. About '57 we cut "You Drive Me Crazy" and had a good time. In time, though, I wanted to come home to Indiana. In Memphis, the music people always thought of me as a writer first. I guess that was because I wrote so many songs for other people. It was something that I could never overcome. When I got to Indiana, I continued to perform. I've played every club within fifty miles of home. But I also got into other things. I own my own taxi company. I'm a house painter, too, I do all sorts of work. Every once in awhile, somebody contacts me about a record of mine that is doing well in Europe. I've had some of my old recordings released again on albums over there. One guy said he had searched for me for fifteen years, isn't that something? Well, I'm still here in Indiana.

Ray Scott, July 1987