Ray Stevens is a great entertainer...and I can't wait to hear his upcoming novelty song collection set for release in January!! The collection will feature 9 CD's and an accompanying booklet. I was hoping a pre-order would become available but at the moment no such luck. I have no idea if this collection will be sold only at Ray's web-store or if it'll also become available on Amazon and other places. Whatever the case once it becomes available for purchase I'll send off for it and then it'll probably take me several days to digest everything. 9 CD's is A LOT OF MUSIC!! In the meantime let's look at the statistics of a few of Ray's music videos...
"Mr. President - Mr. President" at a brief glance:
View total on 12/4/2011: 358,402
View total on 12/11/2011: 367,462
"Santa Claus Is Watching You" at a brief glance:
View total on 12/1/2011: 166,250
View total on 12/11/2011: 183,592
"Nightmare Before Christmas" at a brief glance:
View total on 12/1/2011: 158,237
View total on 12/11/2011: 169,789
As you can tell, the current video is approaching 370,000 on-line views. Now, with it being the Christmas season it shouldn't come as no surprise that his two seasonal music videos are performing strongly on-line. "Santa Claus is Watching You" increases by more than 17,000 while "Nightmare Before Christmas" has an increase of more than 11,000 views in a span of 10 days.
The "Obama Budget Plan" video, which some have been nick-naming 'Obama Money', has more than 935,000 on-line views.
A few days ago a new upload appeared on You Tube featuring a sing-a-long performance from The Andy Williams Show. The musical number features Andy, Ray, Dusty Springfield, and the Osmonds. As far as audio goes it's excellent to hear but it's too bad the visuals aren't in the same league. Don't get me wrong, though, it's not too horrific visually but it's obviously not the clip that was broadcast on TV (you can tell that by the time clock that runs on the bottom of the screen).
According to the uploader the episode this performance originated from aired in 1969, the year Ray became a recurring performer on Andy's program...