October 8, 2011

Let's Discuss Ray Stevens, Part 34...

Good Saturday afternoon!!

CONCERT ALERT!! Ray Stevens performs tonight in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina at the Alabama Theater!!

The show kicks starts at 7pm.

Those who attend the show I hope will blog about it or give commentary on-line about the show and what he sang or what he spoke about. Obviously I'm envious of those who can go! Ray isn't appearing anywhere near my locale this time around...hopefully in 2012 he'll stop at a venue a wee bit closer to me. For those who live nearby and want to go at the last minute here's the link to the concert page...

Alabama Theater

In the meantime, the current on-line video from Ray Stevens "Mr. President - Mr. President" is a smashing success. It's gotten more than 177,000 views since it's debut on September 27th. On the October 7th episode of Mark Levin's radio program the fill-in host, Tom Marr, played the song. Mark's program is heard by millions of people daily. The video's been getting anywhere between 10,000 to 20,000 views per day since it's arrival as to how it's nearing the 200,000 mark in little more than a week's time. Specifically the video's gotten 177,232 views. 22,768 is what's separating it from the 200,000 plateau. Given that the video's been getting at least 20,000 views per day it wouldn't be out of the question for the video to reach that mark rather quickly.

Stepping back a few years, though, we come to an obscure song from Ray Stevens called "Laughing Over My Grave". Originally released as a single-only...the b-side of "Bubble Gum the Bubble Dancer" in the mid '60s on Mercury.

As you can see, I've got the vinyl single but the b-side's never been kept in print. However, to tie in with Halloween, a record label's issued a low-budget various artist CD of Halloween-style songs. Ray's mid '60s b-side, "Laughing Over My Grave", is one of the songs chosen for the project. You can click the Amazon link below to get more information about the song's availability...

Amazon Mp3

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