Day 139: The Streak

Song: “The Streak” by Ray Stevens
Reached #1: May 18, 1974 (his second, 3 weeks)


Ray Stevens’ career has been a study in contradictions.

He has two Billboard #1s – this tribute (of sorts) to the streaking craze at its height in the mid-‘70s… and “Everything Is Beautiful” in 1970.

He’s been alternating between “serious” country/pop, Christian, and novelty music since 1957, although in recent years, his music has turned toward right-wing political commentary.

His versatility has been good for him financially, but it also explains why he fell off the pop charts in 1979 and never returned.  He’s still popular on tour, and plays the Vegas of the Midwest (Branson) regularly.

Stevens may be the only artist to have both a Grammy and a song on the Dr. Demento collections.  If that doesn’t sum up a long and varied career, nothing will.

Tomorrow, some “Sunshine”.

Other songs that reached #1 on May 18:
1959 –
“Kansas City” by Wilbert Harrison (his first, 2 weeks)
1963 – “If You Wanna Be Happy” by Jimmy Soul (his first, 2 weeks)
1968 – “Tighten Up” by Archie Bell & the Drells (their first, 2 weeks)
1985 – “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” by Simple Minds (their first, 1 week)
1991 – “I Like The Way (The Kissing Game)” by Hi-Five (their first, 1 week)
1996 – “Tha Crossroads” by Bone Thugs N Harmony (their first, 8 weeks)


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