ABOUTBest known for his novelty songs, country singer and songwriter Ray Stevens (b. Ray Ragsdale) got his start in show business by becoming a DJ for a local radio station at age 15. He had a long string of hits on both the Country (1969-2001) and Pop/Rock charts (1961-1979) that include "Gitarzan" (1969), "Everything Is Beautiful" (1970), and the cheeky "The Streak" (1974).
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- Ahab, The Arab 1962
- Along Came Jones 1969
(This song was previously a hit for the Coasters (1959).)
- Everything Is Beautiful 1970
(This song, which topped both the Adult Contemporary and Pop/Rock charts, won Ray Stevens a Grammy in 1971 for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.)
- Gitarzan 1969
- Harry The Hairy Ape 1963
- Jeremiah Peabody's Poly Unsaturated Quick Dissolving Fast Acting Pleasant Tasting Green And Purple Pills 1961
- Mr. Businessman 1968
- Misty 1975
(This song is a countrified version of the famous jazz standard. "Misty" was previously a hit for Johnny Mathis (1959), Lloyd Price (1963), the Vibrations (1965), and "Groove" Holmes (1966).)
- The Streak 1974
(One of the funniest songs of all time, the "Streak," which topped both the U.K. and U.S. Pop/Rock charts for Ray Stevens in 1974, is a mostly-spoken song about the streaking craze of the early 1970s.)
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