You probably know American comedian, actor, and screenwriter Ray Romano from his hit TV sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond. With one of the most iconic voices in 90s sitcom history, it’s natural to wonder what else Ray Romano does with his voice.
After entertaining America with new episodes of Everybody Loves Raymond from 1996-2005, Ray Romano showed his audience that he could dance. But can this famous father sing?
In this article, we’ll cover everything you need to know about Ray Romano’s voice, including the answer to the question, “Can Ray Romano sing?”
Ray Romano Sings Charlie Puth
Although Ray Romano doesn’t sing professionally, it appears fans have manifested Ray Romano covers to some of their most popular songs. While Ray Romano himself did not deliver on these covers, you’d be forgiven for thinking that some of these Ray Romano mashups were the real thing.
In May 2020, AmiKozak Music posted this video on Facebook, featuring a Ray Romano impersonator covering Charlie Puth’s “Mother.” In it, a voiceover artist sings Charlie Puth’s well-known lyrics along with some Ray Romano catchphrases.
AmiKozak Music isn’t the only artist to bring Ray Romano’s singing voice to life.
Everybody Loves the Romanos
In 2015, an anonymous artist released a four-song EP on Bandcamp featuring someone who sounds like Ray Romano. The EP in question is titled Everybody Loves the Romanos by none other than The Romanos.
The EP is a play on words and features The Ramones cover songs by a Ray Romano imposter. It features over ten minutes of music and the songs “53rd & 3rd,” “Teenage Lobotomy,” “Blitzkrieg Bop,” and “Red Temples – Intrepid.”
Mashable claims Everybody Loves the Romanos is “the mashup nobody asked for, yet everyone needed.”
Pete Holmes’s “Romano Sings” Bit
Comedian Pete Holmes may be to blame for inspiring all these Ray Romano mashups. In 2008, he performed a bit called “Romano Sings,” where he impersonates Ray Romano and advertises “two compact discs” with “the most recognizable voice in America.”
In the YouTube video posted by frontpagefilms, Holmes sings some of the most iconic lyrics from famous hits in Romano’s voice, including “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond, “Closing Time” by Semisonic, and “Girlfriend” by Avril Lavigne. After Holmes advertises the “low” price of $19.95 (plus shipping and handling, of course), the video features “Romano Raps,” including clips of Holmes rapping “Lose Yourself” by Eminem in his Romano voice.
The Sequel: “Romano Duets”
Ray Romano himself has commented on Pete Holmes’ impression, telling him that “I don’t really sound like that.” Although both comedians agree that Holmes “goof[s] it up a bit,” Romano plays along for the second skit, “Romano Duets,” for The Pete Holmes Show.
Holmes’s voice introduces the pair as “Ray Romano and Ray Romano,” although Holmes’s impression alongside the real Ray Romano sounds more like a Muppet impersonation than an actual human being. While the “Romano Duets” skit feels more like a sneak peek into a private karaoke room than an infomercial for a CD, the video does end with a deal. Those who “call right now” can receive a copy of the exclusive “Romano Quartets.”
Ray Romano is primarily known for his comedic skills, and while he danced for his audiences on Everybody Loves Raymond, he didn’t sing. There are several Ray Romano covers out there—but not all of them are the real thing.
While listening to Ray Romano covers by impersonators can bring satisfaction and laughter into your life, they might not be the best pick for your next playlist. And if you want to hear the real Ray Romano sing, you’ll still have to endure a goofy Pete Holmes impression.
There you have it. Ray Romano has never sung professionally, but he can sing. It’s up to you to decide how well.
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