December 2, 2010

Chewing the Fat with Ray Stevens...

At some point last night two mid 1980's performances from Ray Stevens were uploaded onto You Tube. The songs come from his 1986 album, Surely You Joust. The first song is "Fat", a very funny song that has fun with obesity, over-eating, and supplies an assortment of fat jokes toward the end of the song.

Unfortunately we're not able to embed Ray's performances of "Fat" or "Can He Love You Half as Much as I?" but here's the You Tube link to "Can He Love You Half as Much as I?" and here's the link to "Fat".

He performed "Can He Love You Half as Much as I?" a bit more up-tempo than the recorded version and that mainly had to do with possible time constraints or as a favor to the show's host, Ralph Emery, who once remarked that he prefers the guests to perform mid-tempo or up-tempo songs instead of ballads. This isn't to say that ballads were never performed on his television programs but, by and large, mid-tempo and up-tempo songs were perhaps the preferred choice. The 1986 album features the following...

1. Southern Air (with Jerry Clower and Minnie Pearl)
2. The People's Court
3. Bionie and the Robotics
4. Makin' The Best of a Bad Situation
5. Fat
6. Can He Love You Half as Much as I?
7. Smokey Mountain, Rattlesnake Retreat
8. The Camping Trip
9. Camp Werthahekahwee
10. Dudley Dorite of the Highway Patrol

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