Born Harold Ray Ragsdale in January of 1939 in Clarkdale, Georgia, country and pop singer and songwriter Ray Stevens formed his first band in high school, the Barons, a rhythm and blues group. After he graduated high school, he attended Georgia State College as a music major. In 1957, Stevens was signed with Capitol Records.
Throughout his career, Stevens has charted several times on a variety of charts, including U.K. and Canadian, U.S. and Canadian Country, U.S. and Canadian Adult Contemporary and the U.S. R&B charts. His charting singles include “Ahab the Arab,” “Harry the Hairy Ape,” “Mr. Businessman,” “Gitarzan,” “Everything Is Beautiful,” “The Streak,” “You Are So Beautiful,” Shriner’s Convention” and “Mississippi Squirrel Revival.”
Stevens’ comedic songs have often gifted him with awards, including eleven Grammy nominations and two Grammy awards. He has also been inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, the Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame and the Christian Music Hall of Fame. He has been named Comedian of the Year several times by Music City News and has a number of Gold-certified singles.