Happy Birthday wishes go out to Ray Stevens! On this day Ray Stevens turns 75...a diamond celebration of sorts. Diamonds are a singer's best friend. Throughout the decades many of his songs and music videos have become diamonds in their own right. One of those gems is a 1974 single titled "Everybody Needs a Rainbow". It's a great sing-a-long and I love the entire performance. The song happened to be written by Layng Martine, Jr. but it became one of Ray's hits during the year of "The Streak". I have the song on a vinyl single and on CD but it's never actually been a part of any secular Ray Stevens project. It made an appearance on an early '90s gospel compilation from Ray titled A Brighter Day that he issued on his own label, Clyde Records. There are suppose to be several new CD projects from Ray emerging this year...one of them is a much-anticipated bluegrass project. Another release that's been talked about is a gospel project. The project's have working titles already: Melancholy Fescue and Onward Christian Soldiers. I mentioned that they're working titles but I think those are the official titles of each CD. In addition to those upcoming releases that I can't wait to hear there is also a musical/play in the beginning stages centering around Ray's 1984 song "Mississippi Squirrel Revival". There's a Facebook page about it and based on what I've read it sounds like local playhouse and theater owners that may be looking for brand new musicals can contact Buddy Kalb and his associates to finalize an adaptation of the official musical/revue. If there's a local playhouse or theater in your area and you'd love to see a musical adaptation of "Mississippi Squirrel Revival" check out the Facebook page. You can read all about it HERE. Credited songwriters for that particular single are Buddy Kalb and Carlene Kalb. Once at the site you'll see a piece of the production. Buddy takes center stage in the video. You'll no doubt recognize Buddy from any number of Ray's music videos. Buddy played Harv Newland in the 1992 official music video of "Mississippi Squirrel Revival".