Harold Ray Ragsdale (born January 24, 1939), known professionally as Ray Stevens, is an American country and pop singer-songwriter and comedian, known for his Grammy-winning song "Everything is Beautiful" as well as various comedic hits such as "Gitarzan" and "The Streak". Over a career spanning multiple decades, he has worked as a background artist, producer, and music arranger for prominent acts, and as a solo artist on his albums, videos and short-lived television show. Stevens has released audio and video works in differing genres including Gospel, Adult Contemporary, and political satire. He has been inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, and the Christian Music Hall of Fame, and has received Gold Albums for his works.
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