Country music legend Ray Stevens steals the spotlight after he streaks into another exhibit on the Country Music Hall of Fame. On September 22, fans will be able to witness his amazing musical contribution with Sing Me Back Home: A Journey Through Country Music. The display, which celebrates Ray Stevens’ 60 years in Country music, is titled Ray Stevens: Everything is Beautiful.
He expresses his delight and gratitude for the honor being given to him by critics and fans for the music and passion that he’d shared during the prime of his career. In an interview, Stevens said, ‘I am very flattered that the Country Music Hall of Fame has chosen to display some items from my career. I can hardly wait to see the items on exhibition myself.’
Born Harold Ray Ragsdale, Ray Stevens first made waves in 1958 after he was hired by National Recording Corporation (NRC) creator, Bill Lowery. Stevens was then tasked to play a number of instruments, perform background vocals, and even arrange music. In 1961, Stevens was signed with Monument Records. Following suit was the start of his release of countless notable albums and hit songs. Among his earlier hits are Funny Man, Harry the Hairy Ape, Ahab the Arab, Jeremiah Peabody’s Polyunsaturated Quick-Dissolving, Fast-Acting Pleasant-Tasting Green and Purple Pills, along with the original recording of Santa Claus is Watching You. He has sold over 40 million albums and bagged two Grammy Awards.
The items that will be featured on Ray Stevens’ new exhibit are as follows:
- 1970 Grammy for Best Contemporary Male Vocal Performance for Everything is Beautiful
- 1975 Grammy for Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocalists for Misty
- Handwritten studio chart for Everything is Beautiful, including musical notation for piano, rubato, and voice
- Induction award courtesy of the Nashville Songwriter’s Association International Hall of Fame
- “Coy” fez embedded with Rhinestones, which was worn by Ray Stevens during his music video for Shriner’s Convention
To be recognized and given the privilege of having an exhibit by the Country Music Hall of Fame is a truly an iconic and highly respectable manner of commemorating an artist’s work and achievements through the years.
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