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Encyclopedia > Ray Stevens
Ray Stevens
Background information
Birth name Harold Ray Ragsdale
Born January 24, 1939 (1939-01-24) (age 68)
Clarkdale, Georgia, USA
Origin Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Genre(s) Country, Pop, Novelty
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, arranger, pianist
Instrument(s) Vocals, piano, keyboards
Years active 1958 – present
Label(s) NRC, Mercury, Warner Bros., MCA, RCA, Curb Records
Website RayStevens.com

Ray Stevens (born Harold Ray Ragsdale, January 24, 1939, in Clarkdale, Georgia, a small town west of Atlanta) is an American country music and pop singer-songwriter known for his novelty songs. Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... is the 24th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: Location in Fulton and DeKalb counties in the state of Georgia Coordinates: , Country State Counties Fulton, DeKalb Government  - Mayor Shirley Franklin (D) Area  - City  132. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... This article includes a list of works cited but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... For popular forms of music in general, see Popular music. ... A novelty song is a usually intentionally humorous song, usually in published or recorded form. ... The term singer-songwriter refers to performers who both write and sing their own material. ... In popular music an arrangement is a setting of a piece of music, which may have been composed by the arranger or by someone else. ... A pianist is a person who plays the piano. ... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified with the purpose of making music. ... In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ... A short grand piano, with the top up. ... The layout of a typical musical keyboard A musical keyboard is the set of adjacent depressible levers on a musical instrument which cause the instrument to produce sounds. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... // Early years National Recording Corporation was incorporated in Atlanta in 1958. ... Mercury Records was a record label founded in Chicago, Illinois in 1945 by Irving Green, Berle Adams and Arthur Talmadge. ... Warner Bros. ... MCA Nashville Records is a subsidiary of Universal Music Group. ... RCA, formerly an acronym for the Radio Corporation of America, is now a trademark owned by Thomson SA through RCA Trademark Management S.A., a company owned by Thomson. ... Curb Records is a country record label started by Mike Curb in 1973, after leaving MGM Records. ... is the 24th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: Location in Fulton and DeKalb counties in the state of Georgia Coordinates: , Country State Counties Fulton, DeKalb Government  - Mayor Shirley Franklin (D) Area  - City  132. ... This article includes a list of works cited but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... For popular forms of music in general, see Popular music. ... The term singer-songwriter refers to performers who both write and sing their own material. ... A novelty song is a usually intentionally humorous song, usually in published or recorded form. ...

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Career

Early career

Stevens' recording career began in the mid-1950s with two singles released on Prep Records. He then signed a contract with Capitol Records. Both recording contracts were made with the help of Atlanta, Georgia music maven, Bill Lowery. In 1958, Stevens joined Lowery's National Recording Corporation (NRC), playing numerous instruments, arranging music, and performing background vocals for its band. After NRC filed for bankruptcy, he signed with Mercury Records with whom Stevens recorded a series of hit records in the 1960s that included songs such as "Ahab the Arab", "Harry the Hairy Ape", "Funny Man", the original recording of "Santa Claus is Watching You", and "Jeremiah Peabody's Polyunsaturated Quick-Dissolving, Fast-Acting Pleasant-Tasting Green and Purple Pills". This does not cite any references or sources. ... Capitol Records is a major United States-based record label, owned by EMI. // The Capitol Records company was founded by the songwriter Johnny Mercer in 1942, with the financial help of movie producer Buddy DeSylva and the business acumen of Glenn Wallichs, (1910-1971) (owner of Music City, at the... Nickname: Location in Fulton and DeKalb counties in the state of Georgia Coordinates: , Country State Counties Fulton, DeKalb Government  - Mayor Shirley Franklin (D) Area  - City  132. ... Early successes In The early 50s, Bill Lowery was the top country music disc jockey in America. ... Year 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... // Early years National Recording Corporation was incorporated in Atlanta in 1958. ... Mercury Records was a record label founded in Chicago, Illinois in 1945 by Irving Green, Berle Adams and Arthur Talmadge. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from January 1, 1960 to December 31, 1969, inclusive. ... Ahab The Arab (pron. ... Jeremiah Peabodys Poly Un-Saturated Quick Dissolving Fast Acting Green And Purple Pills is a novelty song written and performed by Ray Stevens. ...


Stevens often employed canned laugh tracks in his comedic novelty songs, such as "The Streak", "Harry the Hairy Ape", "It's Me Again, Margaret" and others, which no doubt contributed to his success in the 60s and 70s (during a time when canned laughter was widely used to "punch up" otherwise mediocre TV sitcoms). As laugh tracks fell out of favor in the late 70s and early 80s, Stevens' popularity waned significantly, although he has released novelty singles and albums to the present (2007) — While Stevens steadfastly continues using canned laugh tracks in his more recent offerings, none of these works captured the public's imagination to the extent of his earliest works. The Streak was a popular song written, produced, and sung by Ray Stevens. ...


In 1968, Stevens signed with Monument Records and started to release serious material such as "Mr. Businessman", a Top 30 pop hit in 1968 and in 1969 with "Have A Little Talk With Myself" and the original version of "Sunday Morning Coming Down" both of which became Ray's first two singles to reach the country music charts. In 1970, Johnny Cash would have a monster hit with "Sunday Morning Coming Down." Stevens continued releasing novelty songs and in 1969 he had a million-selling Top 10 pop hit with "Gitarzan". Stevens also became a regular on The Andy Williams Show during the 1969-1970 season and even hosted his own summer show in 1970. Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Monument Records was a record label founded in 1958 by Fred Foster and Bob Moore. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... We dont have an article called Sunday Morning Coming Down Start this article Search for Sunday Morning Coming Down in. ... This article includes a list of works cited but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... It has been suggested that Johnny Cash family be merged into this article or section. ... Also: 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... Gitarzan is a comical song released by Ray Stevens in 1969, about a character (clearly modeled on Tarzan) who lives in a jungle and forms a musical band with his female partner Jane and their pet monkey. ... The Andy Williams Show was a television variety show which ran from 1957 to 1971 (alternating during the summer of 1970 with Andy Williams Presents Ray Stevens), and a short-lived run in syndication, beginning in the fall of 1976. ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday. ...


1970s

Starting in the 1970s, Stevens became a producer and well-known studio musician on the Nashville scene. He recorded hits for Barnaby and Warner Brothers during this time period, 1970-1979. Stevens' biggest hit in the US was his gospel-inflected single "Everything Is Beautiful" (1970), a plea for love and tolerance during turbulent times in the US. The single won a Grammy and was the theme song for his summer 1970 TV show. The song marked his first time in the Top 40 on the country charts peaking at #39. His other 1970 singles were "America, Communicate With Me" and "Unwind", both minor pop successes. His novelty song "Bridget the Midget (The Queen of The Blues)" made number 2 on the UK chart in 1971. In the United States, however, the song "Bridget the Midget" was a lesser hit on the pop charts reaching #50. Ray had a gospel/country hit single in early 1972 with "Turn Your Radio On", reaching the country Top 20. Two more of Ray's songs in 1972 were also minor pop hits and these were "A Mama and a Papa" and "All My Trials", but both singles crossed-over to the Top 40 Adult-Contemporary lists. In 1973, Stevens had a top 40 country hit with the title track of his album, "Nashville". In 1974, Stevens recorded perhaps his most famous hit, "The Streak", which poked fun at the early-1970s fad of running nude in public, known as "streaking". That song hit number 1 in both the UK and the USA and crossed over and hit number 3 on the country chart. Ray's tenure with Barnaby came to an end in early 1976, prior to this, he had racked up several more hit singles "The Moonlight Special" is a spoof of the similarly-titled TV program back then, entitled The Midnight Special. Three hit singles followed in 1975. They are the Grammy winning "Misty" which also became his biggest country hit reaching #3 on the country charts and reached #14 on the pop charts and his Top 40 country hits, a doo-wop version of "Indian Love Call", "Everybody Needs a Rainbow", and his ballad version of "Young Love" in early 1976. He then went over to Warner Brothers in the spring of 1976. The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ... For other cities named Nashville, see Nashville (disambiguation). ... The comic strip Barnaby by Crockett Johnson (best known today for his childrens books, such as Harold and the Purple Crayon) featured an almost cherubic-looking five-year-old and his far-from-cherubic fairy godfather, Mr. ... Warner Bros. ... Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from... Everything Is Beatiful is a song by Ray Stevens. ... // Charles Wuorinen, aged 32, becomes the youngest composer ever to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music. ... See also: 1970 in music, other events of 1971, 1972 in music, 1970s in music and the list of years in music // February 8 - Bob Dylans hour-long documentary film, Eat the Document, premieres at New Yorks Academy of Music. ... See also: 1970s in music. ... // January - The Ramones form. ... The Streak was a popular song written, produced, and sung by Ray Stevens. ... A participant of the Bay to Breakers. ... Misty may mean: Misty - a fictional character in the anime Knights of Zodiac Misty (jazz), a jazz standard written in 1954 by the pianist Errol Garner Misty (Pokémon), a fictional character in the Pokémon universe, known as Kasumi in Japanese Lizard Misty Misty (classified project), an American spy... Young Love was the first single from Janet Jacksons self-titled debut album. ...


Ray's debut with Warner Brothers was a strong showing...boasting three hit singles in a row. The first being the up-tempo version of "You Are So Beautiful" which reached the country Top 20. Then "Honky Tonk Waltz" reached the Top 30 and then he released a novelty single billing himself as a choir of chickens. Under the pseudonym "Henhouse Five Plus Too", Stevens recorded a version of Glenn Miller's "In The Mood" in the style of a clucking chicken. This was a Top 40 hit in the US and UK in early 1977. Ray never made it to the Top 40 throughout the rest of 1977 on either the pop or country charts. In 1978 he had a hit with "Be Your Own Best Friend" on the country charts and then in 1979 he had his final hit, as of 2007, on the Hot 100 pop chart with the novelty "I Need Your Help, Barry Manilow". He headed for RCA in late 1979 and the new material shown up in 1980. You Are So Beautiful is a song written by Billy Preston and Bruce Fisher and first recorded by Preston and made popular in a version by Joe Cocker. ... The references in this article would be clearer with a different and/or consistent style of citation, footnoting or external linking. ... This article is about the big band-era song popularized by Glenn Miller. ...


1980s and after

After joining RCA in 1980, Ray continued having hit singles but they weren't as consistently successful as they had been in the previous decade. He made a big entrance to RCA with his debut single, the Top 10 "Shriner's Convention" and then had another good sized hit with the Top 20 love ballad "Night Games" near the end of the year. In 1981, only one single made the charts, the Top 40 hit "One More Last Chance". In 1982 a few more singles hit, notably the Top 40 "Written Down in My Heart". He left RCA and made a return to Mercury Records, the label that made him a star in the early 1960s. This time around, the pairing resulted in only one album, the 1983 project "Me", and only one chart hit, "My Dad", in early 1984. The song Shriners Convention was written by Stevens and was allegedly based on his experiences at a hotel where an actual shriners convention was being held. ...


Ray then joined MCA in 1984 and this was the start of Ray's re-birth, you might say. He joined the label as a "country comedy" act and therefore released only novelty song albums. Since Ray's image and more succuessful songs were off-beat and comedic, this resulted in a resurgence. Ray's first two albums for MCA were both hugely successful, both hitting sales of over half a million. His next series of albums were high sellers as well, proving Ray's long-standing appeal would be his zany comedy songs. Another side-effect of Ray promoting himself as a comedy act was the recognition at the fan-voted Music City News awards, being named Comedian of the Year annually for 9 consecutive years, 1986-1994. Ray's singles were no longer making the Top 40 charts because they were comedy/novelty and country radio resisted playing songs that weren't serious. Even though it meant little airplay, the sales and overall popularity Ray was enjoying during the 1980s and into the 1990s because of the switch to "all-comedy" was a runaway success. His newer/younger fans he had gained bought many of the greatest hits albums MCA and other record labels had released during the 1980s.


A few of Ray's commercial singles charted on the Single Sales charts during this time, but only one single actually made it to the radio-dominated Top 40, "Mississippi Squirrel Revival" reached the Top 20, making that Ray's final single to hit the Top-40 portion of the country chart. "Would Jesus Wear a Rolex" is the only single during his 1984-1989 stay on MCA that came close to reaching the Top 40, stalling at #41 in 1987. Second to that, the other single close to hitting the Top 40 on the country chart was the #45 hit "The Haircut Song" To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


Ray left MCA in 1989 for Curb/Capitol in 1990 and then the two labels split apart after a few years joined together and Ray was signed to Curb Records afterwards.


Ray's final chart record on the country charts came in 2002 with "Osama Yo' Mama" which made the Top 50 and became Ray's first gold record since "The Streak" in 1974. Also see: 2002 (number). ... The Streak was a popular song written, produced, and sung by Ray Stevens. ...


Videos

His talents have been showcased in a successful series of videos. "Gitarzan" was featured on Disc 1 of the Dr. Demento 20th Anniversary Collection. Ray's video career is mostly documented on Television by way of the commercials that would run advertising his home videos/DVDs of music video's. Mail-order was the vehicle that drove Ray to the top of the charts once again in 1992 with the release of the famed "Comedy Video Classics" which contained 8 music videos. That video album won the Home Video of the Year in 1993 and it won Ray a lot of other plaques and awards due to its success. He followed that with two home videos filmed at his Branson, Missouri theatre "Ray Stevens Live!" and "More Ray Stevens Live!!" both released in 1993 although the second collection was only available to fan-club members at the time. In 1995 he released a movie, which contained 10 music videos inserted at appropriate times throughout the spoken dialogue, called "Get Serious!!". He slowed down the home video out-put by 1997 having released the retrospective collection "Latest and Greatest" in 1996 on video. However, he returned to that avenue in 2000 releasing "Funniest Video Characters" which included the much anticipated video to his 1985 hit "The Ballad of the Blue Cyclone". It, too, like the previous telemarketed video albums, was a sales success. In 2004 "Greatest Video Characters" was released; a mammoth collection of music videos from Ray collected from throughout the 1990s including three newer ones, "Osama Yo' Mama", "Hello Mama", and "Thank You". Ray's video albums are released by mail order on his own label, Clyde Records. Curb Records usually distributes them to stores. Gitarzan is a comical song released by Ray Stevens in 1969, about a character (clearly modeled on Tarzan) who lives in a jungle and forms a musical band with his female partner Jane and their pet monkey. ... Dr. Demento (born April 2, 1941 in Minneapolis, Minnesota) is the stage name of Barret Eugene Hansen [1], who has made a successful career as a radio disc jockey specializing in novelty songs and pop music parodies. ...


Awards

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). Ray Stevens was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1980. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... In music, an arrangement refers either to a rewriting of a piece of existing music with additional new material or to a fleshing-out of a compositional sketch, such as a lead sheet. ... Jazz standard refers to a tune that is widely known, performed, and recorded among jazz musicians. ... Misty is a jazz standard written in 1954 by the pianist Errol Garner. ... See also: 1970s in music. ... The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame was established by the Nashville Songwriters Foundation, Inc. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ...


Discography

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1950s

This does not cite any references or sources. ... A CD re-release of Ray Stevens releases on NRC Records. ...

1960s

  • 1837 Seconds of Humor — 1962
  • This Is Ray Stevens — 1963
  • Ray "Ahab the Arab" Stevens and Hal Winters — 1962
  • The Best of Ray Stevens — 1967
  • Even Stevens — 1968
  • Gitarzan — 1969
  • Have a Little Talk with Myself — 1969

The 1960s decade refers to the years from January 1, 1960 to December 31, 1969, inclusive. ... 1837 Seconds of Humor is the first Ray Stevens album. ... This Is Ray Stevens is the second Ray Stevens album. ...

1970s

  • Unreal — 1970
  • Everything Is Beautiful — 1970
  • Ray Stevens Rock & Roll Show — 1971
  • Ray Stevens Greatest Hits — 1971
  • Losin' Streak — 1973
  • Nashville — 1973
  • Boogity-Boogity — 1974
  • Turn Your Radio On — 1974
  • Misty — 1975
  • The Very Best of Ray Stevens — 1975
  • Both Sides of Ray Stevens — 1976
  • Just for the Record — 1976
  • Feel the Music — 1977
  • The Many Sides of Ray Stevens — 1977
  • The Remarkable Ray Stevens — 1977
  • There Is Something on Your Mind — 1978
  • Be Your Own Best Friend — 1978
  • The Feeling's Not Right Again — 1979
  • The Ray Stevens Greatest Hits Collection — 1979
  • The Best of Ray Stevens — 1979

The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ...

1980s

  • Shriner's Convention — 1980
  • Wild and Crazy — 1980
  • Oh Lonesome Me — 1981
  • Cannonball Run Soundtrack — 1981
  • One More Last Chance — 1981
  • Don't Laugh Now — 1982
  • Turn Your Radio On — 1982
  • Greatest Hits — 1983
  • Me — 1983
  • He Thinks He's Ray Stevens — 1984
  • Ray Stevens Collection — 1984
  • Ray Stevens Greatest Hits — 1984
  • I Have Returned — 1985
  • Ray Stevens Collector's Series — 1985
  • Surely You Joust — 1986
  • The Very Best Of Ray Stevens/Roger Miller — 1986
  • Crackin' Up — 1987
  • Get the Best of Ray Stevens — 1987
  • Ray Stevens Greatest Hits Volume 1 — 1987
  • Ray Stevens Greatest Hits Volume 2 — 1987
  • I Never Made a Record I Didn't Like — 1988
  • Beside Myself — 1989
  • Funny Man — 1989
  • Ray Stevens — At His Best — 1989

This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Oh Lonesome Me is a popular song written and recorded by Don Gibson with Chet Atkins producing for RCA-Victor in Nashville in 1958. ... He Thinks Hes Ray Stevens is an album by Ray Stevens. ... I Have Returned is an album by Ray Stevens. ... Surely You Joust is an album by Ray Stevens. ... Crackin Up is an album by Ray Stevens. ... ‘’’Beside Myself’’’ is an album, released in 1989, by American country music artist Ray Stevens. ... Funny Man is an album made by Ray Stevens. ...

1990s

  • Everything Is Beautiful and Other Hits — 1990
  • His All Time Greatest Comic Hits — 1990
  • Lend Me Your Ears — 1990
  • #1 with a Bullet — 1991
  • Ray Stevens Greatest Hits — 1991
  • Ahab the Arab — 1992
  • Everything is Beautiful — 1992
  • Mississippi Squirrel Revival (Actually a repackaging of 1984's He Thinks He's Ray Stevens with new title and cover art) — 1992
  • Ray Stevens/Jim Stafford — 1992
  • The Gospel Side of Ray Stevens — 1992
  • A Brighter Day — 1993
  • Classic Ray Stevens — 1993
  • The Legendary Ray Stevens and Jim Stafford — 1993
  • Get Serious! The Original Movie Soundtrack — 1994
  • Ray Stevens — 20 Comedy Hits — 1995
  • Ray Stevens Live! — 1995
  • 3 CD or Cassette Set — 1995 "Cornball", "Do You Wanna Dance", and The Serious Side Of Ray Stevens". All material released on Warner Brothers Records, 1976-1979.
  • Ray Stevens — Everything Is Beautiful — 1996
  • Great Gospel Songs — 1996
  • Ray Stevens — All-Time Hits — 1996
  • Even Stevens — 1996
  • Gitarzan — 1996
  • Hum It — 1997
  • Ray Stevens — The Streak — 1997
  • The Best Of Ray Stevens — 1997
  • Ray Stevens — Christmas Through a Different Window — 1997
  • Ray Stevens — Golden Classics/Collector's Edition — 1997
  • Ray Stevens — The Country Hits Collection — 1998 (Wonderful collection of rarely released material from Ray during the 1969-1975 time period...the obvious hits are here but the bulk of the collection are album tracks rarely in-print anywhere else)
  • Ray Stevens: The Last Laugh — 1999

For the band, see 1990s (band). ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Do You Wanna Dance? is a song written by Bobby Freeman, and recorded by him in 1958. ... Hum It is an album by Ray Stevens released in 1997 on the MCA Records label and was recorded at the Ray Stevens Sound Studios in Nashville, Tennessee. ...

2000s

  • Ear Candy — 2000
  • Thank You — 2000
  • Funniest Characters — 2000
  • Ray Stevens All-Time Greatest Hits — 2001
  • Osama-Yo' Mama, The Album — 2002
  • The Collection — 2003
  • Box Set — 2006
  • New Orleans Moon; 2007 (available as a digital download, the "album" contains 11 songs about Louisiana...specifically New Orleans)
  • Ruby Falls; 2007 (single...available as a digital download)

The 2000s are the current decade, spanning from 2000 to 2009. ... Ruby Falls is an 145-foot high underground waterfall located within Lookout Mountain, near Chattanooga, Tennessee in the United States. ...

Awards

  • 1969: Gold Single — "Gitarzan" (over 1,000,000 copies sold)
  • 1970: Gold Single — "Everything Is Beautiful" (nearly 3,000,000 copies sold)
  • 1970: Grammy — "Everything Is Beautiful" (Best Male Pop Vocal Performance)
  • 1974: Gold Single — "The Streak" (nearly 5,000,000 copies sold)
  • 1975: Grammy — "Misty" (Best Arrangement of the Year)
  • 1980: Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction
  • 1984: Gold Album — "He Think He's Ray Stevens" (over 500,000 sold)
  • 1985: Gold Album — "I Have Returned" (over 500,000 sold)
  • 1986: Music City News Comedian of the Year
  • 1986: #1 Country Album Plaque from Billboard — "I Have Returned" (week ending March 15, 1986)
  • 1987: Music City News Comedian of the Year
  • 1987: Platinum Album — "Greatest Hits" (MCA; over 1,000,000 copies sold)
  • 1987: Gold Album — "Greatest Hits, Volume Two" (MCA; over 500,000 copies sold)
  • 1988: Music City News Comedian of the Year
  • 1989: Music City News Comedian of the Year
  • 1990: Music City News Comedian of the Year
  • 1990: Gold Album — "All-Time Greatest Comic Hits" (CURB; over 500,000 copies sold)
  • 1991: Music City News Comedian of the Year
  • 1992: Music City News Comedian of the Year
  • 1992: #1 Home Video Plaque from Billboard — "Comedy Video Classics"
  • 1992: Ten Times-Platinum Home Video — "Comedy Video Classics" (over 1,000,000 copies sold)
  • 1993: Billboard Home Video of the Year
  • 1993: Music City News Comedian of the Year
  • 1993: Platinum Home Video — "Ray Stevens Live!" (over 100,000 copies sold)
  • 1994: Music City News Comedian of the Year
  • 1995: Platinum Home Video — "Get Serious!" (over 100,000 copies sold)
  • 1995: Country Weekly Golden Pick Award "Best Comedian"
  • 1996: Georgia Music Hall of Fame Induction
  • 2002: Gold Single — "Osama Yo' Mama" (over 500,000 copies sold)

Gitarzan is a comical song released by Ray Stevens in 1969, about a character (clearly modeled on Tarzan) who lives in a jungle and forms a musical band with his female partner Jane and their pet monkey. ...

External links

  • artist website

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