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Ray Stevens

"Ray Stevens" (born "Harold Ray Ragsdale" on January 24, 1939 in Clarkdale, Georgia, a small town west of Atlanta). He is an American country music and pop singer-songwriter known for his novelty songs. His two most-popular songs are "Everything Is Beautiful" and "The Streak".

Stevens' 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, 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 pr...

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