Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Ray Stevens writes some pretty weird stuff. We play a lot of the weirder stuff here on SCIFI.radio. That musical genius has now been recognized by one of the highest authorities in music on the planet: the Country Music Hall of Fame accepted him into their numbers in Nashville on Sunday, October 20, 2019.
Ray Stevens has written songs for himself and other singers, and through his lifetime has been both performer and music producer. He currently owns and stars in the nightclub CabaRay in Nashville, TN.
Although famous for comic novelty songs like The Streak, The Mississippi Squirrel Revival, Ahab the Arab, and Gitarzan, Stevens has won awards for serious songs that you might not be aware he had writtern, such as Everything is Beautiful and Misty. He has recorded forty-five (45) studio albums and three live albums so far, as well as 125 singles.
He also composed the soundtrack for the Burt Reynolds movie The Cannonball Run.
In addition to joining the Country Music of Fame this weekend, he was already a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Georgia Music Hall of Fame (he lived near Atlanta for many years), and the Christian Music Hall of Fame.
Ray Stevens is one of the bright lights in the music industry, and deserves this new honor to great degree.
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Susan Macdonald is the author of the children’s book “R is for Renaissance Faire”, as well as 26 short stories, mostly fantasy in “Alternative Truths”, “Swords and Sorceress #30”, Swords &Sorceries Vols. 1, 2, & 5, “Cat Tails” “Under Western Stars”, and “Knee-High Drummond and the Durango Kid”. Her articles have appeared on SCIFI.radio’s web site, in The Inquisitr, and in The Millington Star. She enjoys Renaissance Faires (see book above), science fiction conventions, Highland Games, and Native American pow-wows.