Ray introduces Gary Puckett who walks out and sits down by the piano. Ray makes mention that both he and Gary were contemporaries on the charts during the late '60s and early '70s. Gary speaks about his early years in Southern California and mentions Suicide Ridge and his odd jobs before becoming a recording act...one of which happened to be a cashier at an auto parts store called Foreign Auto Supply. He asks Ray to guess how many foreign cars were in operation by American motorists in the mid '60s and Ray gives a number and Gary tells him he's close...and discloses the very small total. Ray says that he drove a foreign car at the time but reflected on how aggravating it was because parts for it were in limited supply.
Gary mentions that his influences in life were his parents. He says his mother is 98 and that both she and his father were musicians but not in any professional way. Ray asks about the creation of Gary's band, Union Gap. Gary mentioned that as a kid he loved seeing Civil War imagery and he loved the blue uniforms the Union Army wore and given his birth being in Washington State, where an actual Union Gap exists, he more or less decided to call his band Union Gap.
That particular song peaked in the runner up position on the Hot 100 for three weeks in 1968...it was kept out of the top spot by a pair of hits: "Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay" from Otis Redding and the Bobby Goldsboro hit, "Honey". Given that their single was a million seller but kept out of the top spot there's an argument to be made that the song's subject matter may have caused anxiety and therefore it was not given a number one finish on America's pop music chart and so Goldsboro's hit leapfrogged over "Young Girl" to claim number one. There's also arguments to be made that Bobby's hit was so strong that you couldn't stop it from hitting the top and it was simply a case of timing that caused "Young Girl" to fall short of number one. Having said that...the single hit the top in the United Kingdom. Gary has the audience singing most of the song's chorus along with him during the performance. Afterward Ray thanks him for being a guest on the show.
Ray typically closes the show with a one-liner or a comical story of some sort before the closing music begins to play...but on this episode he changed things up a bit. After thanking Gary for appearing on the show Ray tells a brief story about somebody that wonders why they've had some strange dreams. One morning they dreamed about the "Green, Green Grass of Home" and then the next morning they recall a dream about "Delilah". The dreamer was told he had Tom Jones Disease. When he asked if such dreams are common the reply he got was "It's Not Unusual"...and with that Ray launches into his version of "It's Not Unusual", a pop hit for Tom Jones.
Airing over the weekend is episode 11 of Ray Stevens CabaRay Nashville. It's part one of John Rich's guest appearance. The second half will air the following weekend. This marks the first time in the show's history in which an episode is broken into two parts. I'll see the first part of this episode next weekend when it's uploaded onto RayStevens.tv. When compiling the current season's list of episodes I don't know whether to refer to the two part event as Episode 11 and Episode 12 or if it's officially going to be listed as Episode 11, Part 1 and Episode 11, Part 2. If it's listed as 2 separate episodes then the current Season Five will have 15 altogether. If it's listed as one episode but with a numerical suffix added then it'll keep the current season at 14 episodes.