Ray Stevens

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Ray Stevens (born Harold Ray Ragsdale on January 24, 1939 in Clarkdale, Georgia) is an American country music singer and songwriter known for his novelty songs. His recording career began with two singles released on Prep Records, followed by a short stint with Capitol Records. Both these recording contracts were made with the help of Atlanta music maven Bill Lowery, and 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 such as "Ahab The Arab" and "Jeremiah Peabody's Polyunsaturated Quick-Dissolving, Fast-Acting Pleasant-Tasting Green And Purple Pills". He became a producer and well-known studio musician on the Nashville scene, and recorded hits for Monument, Barnaby, Warner Brothers, MCA, and RCA. His most famous hit was "The Streak".

Ray Stevens was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1980. His appearances in Branson, MO, were showcased in a successful series of videos.


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