The Streak – Ray Stevens – 1974

The novelty song to beat all novelty songs, back in 1974 Ray Stevens’ The Streak hit #1 on the US, Canadian, UK and New Zealand singles charts.

an album or two

Ray Stevens has had an amazing career beginning in 1958 and, believe it or not, continuing through to this very day.  Yep, he’s still performing.

In that time he’s released an amazing 112 albums! Yep, 112 albums!! The first was 1,837 Seconds of Humour in 1962, the latest Encyclopaedia of Recorded Comedy Music in 2012. But wait, an astounding 33 of those were greatest hits compilations.

whichever way you look at it…

Ray has certainly been prolific. Born in 1939, the American singer signed his first recording contract when he was 16 years old and has had hits across several genres of music in the years since.

awards galore!

Ray’s been nominated for 11 Grammy awards and has won twice. The second was in 1975, for the arrangement of his country and western version of the jazz standard Misty.

The first was rather interesting because the song won two awards, one each for different artists.  It was 1971 and Everything Is Beautiful won the award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for Ray and the award for Best Inspirational Performance for Jake Hess.

Ray in an inductee of the Nashville Songwriters’ Hall of Fame and the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.

And, check out some of his other awards…

  • 1969: Gold Single — “Gitarzan”
  • 1970: Gold Single — “Everything Is Beautiful”
  • 1970: Grammy — “Everything Is Beautiful” (Best Male Pop Vocal Performance)
  • 1974: Gold Single — “The Streak”
  • 1975: Grammy — “Misty” (Best Arrangement of the Year)
  • 1980: Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame
  • 1980: Georgia Music Hall of Fame
  • 1984: Gold Album — “He Thinks He’s Ray Stevens”
  • 1985: Gold Album — “I Have Returned”
  • 1986: Music City News Comedian of the Year
  • 1986: #1 Country Album Plaque from Billboard — “I Have Returned” (week ending March 15, 1986)
  • 1987: Music City News Comedian of the Year
  • 1987: Platinum Album — “Greatest Hits”
  • 1987: Gold Album — “Greatest Hits, Volume Two”
  • 1988: Music City News Comedian of the Year
  • 1989: Music City News Comedian of the Year
  • 1990: Music City News Comedian of the Year
  • 1990: Gold Album — “All-Time Greatest Comic Hits”
  • 1991: Music City News Comedian of the Year
  • 1992: Music City News Comedian of the Year
  • 1992: #1 Home Video Plaque from Billboard — “Comedy Video Classics”
  • 1992: Ten Times-Platinum Home Video — “Comedy Video Classics”
  • 1993: Billboard Home Video of the Year
  • 1993: Music City News Comedian of the Year
  • 1993: Platinum Home Video — “Ray Stevens Live!”
  • 1994: Music City News Comedian of the Year
  • 1995: Platinum Home Video — “Get Serious!”
  • 1995: Country Weekly Golden Pick Award “Best Comedian”
  • 2001: Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame
  • 2002: Gold Single — “Osama Yo’ Mama”
  • 2009: Christian Music Hall of Fame

don’t look ethel!

The Streak was one of Ray’s greatest hits. For those who have forgotten, the song is a series of three newsflashes in which an action-news-reporter reports on streaking events at the supermarket, the gas station, and the basketball court.

The reporter interviews a man who gives his views of what happened. The man warns his wife, Ethel, not to look but is always too late. After the third interview the man sees the streaker again and, horrors, Ethel is running with him!!

the streak fax

  • The Streak, written by Ray Stevens was released in March 1974, the first single from his 16th album Boogity Boogity.
  • The Streak was Ray’s second #1 US hit (after Everything is Beautiful). It spent three weeks at the top of the charts and a week at #1 on the UK singles chart. It also hit #1 in Canada and New Zealand and was a hit in a number of other countries.
  • The Streak sold over 5,000,000 copies.
  • Five days after the release of The Streak, one of the most high-profile of all streaks took place. It was at the Academy Awards when advertising executive Robert Opel streaked past David Niven on live TV.
  • The Streak was Ray’s fourth novelty hit. The first was Ahab the Arab in 1962. Then came Along Came Jones and Gitarzan in 1969.
  • The Streak lyrics.

the streak – ray stevens – 1974 – video

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4 Responses to The Streak – Ray Stevens – 1974

  1. kingofazzholes says:

    What ever happened to the Ray Stevens’ Everything is Beautiful Song version with a man asking a girl the meaning of words?
    I had it on the Original Grooveshark, but it went the way of the same way. Just gone.

  2. kingofazzholes says:

    What ever happened to the Ray Stevens’ Everything is Beautiful Song version with a man asking a girl the meaning of words?
    I had it on the Original Grooveshark, but it’s gone.

    • Greg.K. says:

      It was a lovely song and quite a departure from his usual comedy songs. It was also something of a trailblazer because it challenged racism etc. The choir of kids was from a school in Nashville, I think. I know it included Ray’s own two daughters.

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