Welcome to the Golden LP Series...we're up to studio album eleven in the career of Ray Stevens. This particular album, released in 1974, centered around a certain single that's become the biggest selling hit of his career. The fad of streaking dominated much of 1974...which consisted of people taking off their clothes and running naked through a crowd.
"The Streak" flew up the Hot 100 pop chart within a matter of weeks...hitting #1 in one of the fastest climbs to the top. It remained at #1 for 4 weeks, eventually selling over five million singles, and it reached #1 in several other counties, too. It crossed over and became a Top-5 country hit. It was certified Gold and Silver for international sales and easily became one of the Top-10 hits of the entire year in America and overseas. "The Streak", a novelty song, became Ray's first #1 single since 1970. Although Ray had quite a few Top-40 hits in various music formats between the years of 1970 and 1973, "The Streak" was by far the biggest single from Ray since early 1971's novelty, "Bridget the Midget".
The song went on become one of his most requested and highest selling. In pop culture the fad of streaking was primarily looked down on and the national fad didn't last any substantial length of time beyond the spring/summer months of 1974 yet "The Streak" hit at the perfect time, a quintessential ingredient for a true novelty song. A modern day music listener not familiar with streaking and how big of a fad it was and perhaps not familiar with Ray Stevens, neither, will probably wonder why a song about running around naked was written or even released. Ray made a music video of the song 18 years later in 1992 and he still performs it in concert to this very day. Why shouldn't he? It's one of his biggest hits.
The streaking single eventually spawned a studio album, Ray's 11th...titled Boogity Boogity. Just about anyone not familiar with the titles of Ray's albums will see this particular release and mistakenly think the album is titled Woosh but it isn't. The album features 9 songs, including "The Streak", and three previously released comedy songs added to fill out the 9 song LP. The previously released songs are "Freddie Feelgood", "Bagpipes, That's My Bag", and "Bridget the Midget"