Ray Stevens

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The Streak Ray Stevens Greatest Hits - Original Recordings
The Streak Ray Stevens Laughter Is the Best Medicine
The Annual Office Christmas Party Ray Stevens Ray Stevens Christmas Through a Different Window
Misty - 1975 #3Country; #14Pop Billboard chart hit Ray Stevens Misty
Misty Ray Stevens Greatest Hits - Original Recordings
The Streak Ray Stevens Greatest Hits
Ahab the Arab - Bonus Track: Alternate Recording Ray Stevens Greatest Hits - Original Recordings
The Streak - 1974 #1Pop; #3Country Billboard Chart Hit Ray Stevens Boogity Boogity
Ahab The Arab Ray Stevens Ahab The Arab
The Streak Ray Stevens Greatest Hits (50th Anniversary Collection)
The Monkees (Theme From) Ray Stevens The Legendary Ray Stevens
Misty Ray Stevens Greatest Hits (50th Anniversary Collection)
Along Came Jones - 1969 #27 Billboard chart hit Monument Ray Stevens Gitarzan
Stuck On You Ray Stevens The Legendary Ray Stevens
The Streak Ray Stevens One for the Road
Ahab The Arab - rerecord of 1962 #5 Mercury hit Ray Stevens Gitarzan
The Cure Ray Stevens Laughter Is the Best Medicine
Misty Ray Stevens Box Set
Ahab, The Arab Ray Stevens The Best Of Ray Stevens
Indian Love Call - 1975 #38C: 68Pop Billboard chart hit Ray Stevens Misty
Can He Love You Half As Much As I Ray Stevens Get Serious!
Jeremiah Peabody's Poly-Unsaturated Quick Dissolving Fast Acting Pleasant Tasting Green And Purple Pills Ray Stevens Ahab The Arab
Ahab the Arab Ray Stevens Greatest Hits
Retired Ray Stevens One for the Road
Deep Purple Ray Stevens Misty
Further More Ray Stevens Ahab The Arab
Misty Ray Stevens Live
Somewhere Over the Rainbow Ray Stevens Misty
Young Love - 1976 #48Country; #93Pop Billboard chart hit Ray Stevens Misty
Lady of Spain Ray Stevens Misty
Cletus McHicks And His Band From The Sticks Ray Stevens Lend Me Your Ears
Popeye And Olive Oil Ray Stevens Ahab The Arab
Saturday Night At The Movies Ray Stevens Ahab The Arab
The Ballad Of Jake McClusky Ray Stevens 20 Comedy Hits
She Came In through The Bathroom Window Ray Stevens Everything Is Beautiful
News Machine Ray Stevens Spirit of '76
Loved And Lost Ray Stevens The Best Of Ray Stevens
Oh Lonesome Me Ray Stevens Misty
Sunshine Ray Stevens Misty
Cow-Cow Boogie Ray Stevens Misty
Mockingbird Hill Ray Stevens Misty
Can He Love You Half As Much As I Ray Stevens Live
Julius Played The Trumpet Ray Stevens Ahab The Arab
The Rockin' Boppin' Waltz Ray Stevens Ahab The Arab
PFC. Rhythm And Blues Jones Ray Stevens Ahab The Arab
Scratch My Back (I Love It) Ray Stevens Ahab The Arab
A Hermit Named Dave Ray Stevens Ahab The Arab
Get Together Ray Stevens Everything Is Beautiful
The Ballad Of Jake McClusky Ray Stevens Classic Ray Stevens
Stuck On You Ray Stevens At His Best

(For the actor and singer with The Village People, see Ray Stephens.) Ray Stevens (born Harold Ray Ragsdale, 24th January 1939) is an American country and pop singer-songwriter, the musician being best known for a series of irreverent, quirky singles such as "Mississippi Squirrel Revival" and "The Streak". His recording career began with two singles released on Prep Records, followed by a short stint with Capitol Records. Both contracts were made with the help of Atlanta, Georgia music maven Bill Lowery. Stevens joined Lowery's National Recording Corporation in 1958, where he also was a member of the NRC staff band, playing numerous instruments, arranging, and doing background vocals. When NRC went into bankruptcy, he signed with Mercury Records, and started a series of hit records in the 1960s that included "Ahab the Arab" and "Jeremiah Peabody's Polyunsaturated Quick-Dissolving, Fast-Acting Pleasant-Tasting Green and Purple Pills". The later song held the record as the longest title to hit the Top 40 chart until being surpassed in 1981 by the Stars on 45 Medley, whose official title included the titles of 10 other songs because of copyright requirements. Stevens became a producer and well-known studio musician on the Nashville scene, and recorded hits for Monument, Barnaby, Warner Brothers, MCA and RCA. Perhaps his most famous hit is "The Streak" (1974), which poked fun at the early-1970s "streaking" fad of running nude in public; this was a No 1 in both the UK and the USA. His novelty song "Bridget the Midget (The Queen of The Blues)" made No 2 on the UK chart in 1971 Stevens' biggest hit was his gospel-inflected single "Everything Is Beautiful" (1970). A plea for love and tolerance during turbulent times in the United States, the song shot to Number 1 there. Stevens has won two Grammy Awards: one for "Everything Is Beautiful" and one for the arrangement of his country and western version of the jazz standard "Misty" (1975). He also recorded a version of Glenn Miller's "In The Mood" in the style of a clucking chicken, under the pseudonym Henhouse Five Plus Too. This was a Top 40 hit in the US and UK. With the popularity of the song "Everything Is Beautiful", Stevens had a variety show on CTV. The Ray Stevens Show appeared in Canada in 1970 and soon appeared in the United States on NBC and the United Kingdom on the BBC. Although it only has eight episodes, it is mostly known for being the show that launched the career of regular cast member Steve Martin. Ray Stevens was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1980. Since the 1980s, Stevens has appeared regularly at the country music performing venue of Branson, Missouri. 2005 was his last year for performances in Branson. Currently, there are no scheduled performances anywhere for the year 2006. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.