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Ray Stevens

Stevens on The Johnny Cash Show, c. 1971
Background information
Birth name Harold Ray Ragsdale
Born (1939-01-24) January 24, 1939 (age 77)
Clarkdale, Georgia, U.S.
Genres

Country
pop
novelty

Occupation(s)

Singer-songwriter
arranger
comedian

Instruments Vocals, keyboards
Years active 1958–present
Labels

NRC
Mercury
Monument
Barnaby
Warner Bros.
RCA
MCA
Curb
CBS
Janus

Website www.raystevens.com

I did recording sessions as a musician as well as a background vocalist and enjoyed every minute of it. I remember singing harmony with Waylon Jennings on a few songs that were hits. Chet Atkins always put me up so high that I strained to hit every note. It was a lot of fun.
Ray Stevens
I originally passed on 'Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head' in 1969, so they gave it to B.J. Thomas.
Ray Stevens
People will remember a good comedy song a lot longer than they would some of the so-called straight love songs.
Ray Stevens
I just love music in general. I've been a fan of all different kinds of music since I can remember.
Ray Stevens
Bill Justis was a saxophone player, good musician, arranger, and friend of mine who had a big hit called 'Raunchy.'
Ray Stevens
I saw Louis Armstrong perform at Albany State College on Radio Springs Road. He was probably the first famous individual I saw in concert. Unfortunately, I never did get to meet him.
Ray Stevens
I'm not just a singer of funny songs; I am basically, first and foremost, a musician. I'm always recording all styles of music.
Ray Stevens
I had no idea that I could sustain a career as an artist. But, I loved music and wanted to be in the music business.
Ray Stevens
I love what I do. I made my first record in '57. I don't think I'll ever get tired of making records and writing songs and singing and being in the music business.
Ray Stevens
I'm basically a keyboard player, so if it's got a keyboard on it, I'll give it a shot. I played a lot of organ in the early days. I can make a few chords on guitar, but that's about it.
Ray Stevens
As you know, I played a little trumpet with Elvis. I overdub a few drum licks here and there on a session, but I'm not a drummer by any means.
Ray Stevens
The government is already into our lives a whole lot more than they should be. If I were president, I'd roll everything back. Everything!
Ray Stevens
I kinda halfway paid attention to politics during my early years, but the older you get, the more you realize it's very important to pay attention to who gets elected. They can ruin the country.
Ray Stevens
The human brain is a funny thing: it's very susceptible to tempo and melody. You put the right words to it, and it becomes very influential.
Ray Stevens
I'm a terrible trumpet player.
I'm a big fan of comedy music.