April 24, 2014

Ray Stevens Sings the Patsy Cline classic, "Crazy"...

Debuting on You Tube today is a performance and an interview of Ray Stevens that took place on August 7, 1997. The appearance took place on an episode of Prime Time Country, a program that aired on The Nashville Network during the latter half of the 1990s. The host of the program during pretty much all of it's run was Gary Chapman (the original host was Tom Wopat).

The episode happened to be a tribute to Patsy Cline. It should be noted that this August 7th airing occurred nearly one month to the day on what would have been Patsy Cline's 65th birthday (she was born on September 8, 1932).

Here's Ray Stevens singing "Crazy", a huge hit for Patsy from the pen of Willie Nelson, followed by a great interview segment. Gary refers to Ray as a genius after Ray mentions that the performance he just did of "Crazy" is his own arrangement. It's great to see reference made to one of Ray's most overlooked talents: music arranging.

Stay tuned for Friday's installment of Rayality TV...as soon as I see that it's been uploaded to Ray's You Tube channel I'll make mention of it on this blog (of course!).

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