June 10, 2012

Ray Stevens on WGNA radio...

Ray Stevens gave an interview on WGNA radio a couple of days ago. An audio link was provided at the station's web-site. The interview was conducted by a disc jockey at the station, Kevin Richards, and the segment aired during a program he hosts called The Classic Country Hall of Fame Show. I found this out by reading the profile page at the station's web-site.

I just got through listening to Parts 1 and 2.

In part 1, Ray talks about the songs in general and the host asks about "It's Me Again, Margaret" and tells Ray about his earlier days playing Ray's songs in the late '80s. Ray talks about the songwriter, Paul Craft, and the story behind why the naughty laugh was added to the version Ray recorded. The original, from it's writer, lacks this feature.

Ironically, Part 1 has a much shorter time span than Part 2. Part 1 runs a little under 5 minutes while Part 2 is more than 6 minutes.

One of the things you'll notice right away is the playback doesn't feature any of the songs that the host played in the original airing of the interview. My guess as to why might be tied into some law or another that prohibits music from being played back in archives (a royalties oriented issue if that's the case) but that's just my guess. Songs that are discussed in the interview are "It's Me Again, Margaret", "Running Bear", "May The Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose", "Smoke! Smoke! Smoke that Cigarette", "Along Came Jones", "I'm My Own Grandpaw", and "Does Your Chewing Gum Lose It's Flavor". Songs mentioned, briefly, but not discussed were "Gitarzan", "Ahab the Arab", "I Still Write Your Name in the Snow", and "Would Jesus Wear a Rolex?". There is a link to Part 2 contained within the Part 1 link.

WGNA radio interview, Part 1

Richards has a profile page at the station and you can click the interview links with Ray Stevens while there, or in the link below, or click the link located above for the radio station web-site. The profile page may load quicker because of it's lack of extra features and other bells and whistles so if you have a slow connection or your computer just runs slow you'd be more inclined, obviously, to click the profile page and click the provided links for the Ray Stevens interview.

Kevin Richards WGNA

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