History Music / RayStevens

26th Sep '16 4:24:54 PM SolipSchism
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A popular novelty singer who has fame far beyond the chart performance of his many hits. Born Harold Ray Ragsdale, he spent several years performing in his native {{Atlanta}} area. He released his first single, "Sgt. Preston of the Yukon" in 1960, and received a little bit of notoriety after a copyright infringement forced the single to be withdrawn.

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A popular novelty singer who has fame far beyond the chart performance of his many hits. Born Harold Ray Ragsdale, he spent several years performing in his native {{Atlanta}} UsefulNotes/{{Atlanta}} area. He released his first single, "Sgt. Preston of the Yukon" in 1960, and received a little bit of notoriety after a copyright infringement forced the single to be withdrawn.
1st Sep '16 7:53:12 PM Twentington
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** Parodied in the "Mildred Queen and the Dips" segment of "Moonlight Special", where he voices both "Mildred Queen" (a Gladys Knight parody) and her backing vocalist. They echo all of her lines, culminating in this exchange:
--->'''Mildred''': Wait a minute!\\
'''Backing vocalists''': ♪Wait a minute♪ \\
'''Mildred''': How come you're singing everything I sing?\\
'''Backing vocalists''': ♪How come you're singing everything I sing?♪ \\
'''Mildred''': Now cut that out!\\
'''Backing vocalists''': ♪Now cut that out♪ \\
'''Mildred''': Stop that!\\
'''Backing vocalists''': ♪Stop that♪ \\
'''Mildred''': Now I know why I call you guys the Dips!\\
'''Backing vocalists''': ♪Now I know why I call you guys the Dips♪ \\
'''Mildred''': You're dippy!\\
'''Backing vocalists''': ♪You're dippy♪ \\
'''Mildred''': (''screams'')\\
'''Backing vocalists''': ♪Aaaaaahhhh~♪


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* StopCopyingMe: In the "Mildred Queen and the Dips" segment of "Moonlight Special", where he voices both "Mildred Queen" (a Gladys Knight parody) and her backing vocalist. They echo all of her lines, culminating in this exchange:
--->'''Mildred''': Wait a minute!\\
'''Backing vocalists''': ♪Wait a minute♪ \\
'''Mildred''': How come you're singing everything I sing?\\
'''Backing vocalists''': ♪How come you're singing everything I sing?♪ \\
'''Mildred''': Now cut that out!\\
'''Backing vocalists''': ♪Now cut that out♪ \\
'''Mildred''': Stop that!\\
'''Backing vocalists''': ♪Stop that♪ \\
'''Mildred''': Now I know why I call you guys the Dips!\\
'''Backing vocalists''': ♪Now I know why I call you guys the Dips♪ \\
'''Mildred''': You're dippy!\\
'''Backing vocalists''': ♪You're dippy♪ \\
'''Mildred''': (''screams'')\\
'''Backing vocalists''': ♪Aaaaaahhhh~♪
24th Jul '16 10:15:13 AM Twentington
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* IssueDrift: Most of his 21st century output has been a lot more politically driven.
6th Jul '16 8:31:47 AM Eddy1215
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* LawfulStupid: The title police officer in "Super Cop". Upon seeing a person parked in a handicapped spot, he shoots the owner of the car in the foot and says "You're handicapped now!" Later on, he sees a grocery store patron with 11 items in a checkout lane, and demands that she drink her corn oil -- the ''entire bottle'' -- to get the count down to 10. PottyFailure ensues.

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* LawfulStupid: The title police officer in "Super Cop". Upon seeing a person parked in a handicapped spot, he shoots the owner of the car in the foot and says "You're handicapped now!" Later on, he sees a grocery store patron with 11 10 items in a checkout lane, and demands that she drink her corn oil -- the ''entire bottle'' -- to get the count down to 10.9. PottyFailure ensues.
6th Jul '16 8:06:53 AM Eddy1215
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* BasedOnARealStory: In a past election, Ray's deceased grandfather was used in a voting fraud. Ray used the incident to write "Grandpa Voted Democrat" to inspire people to vote honestly.

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* BasedOnARealStory: BasedOnATrueStory: In a past election, Ray's deceased grandfather was used in a voting fraud. Ray used the incident to write "Grandpa Voted Democrat" to inspire people to vote honestly.
6th Jul '16 8:06:23 AM Eddy1215
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* AffectionateParody: "Teenage Mutant Kung Fu Chickens", a parody of ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles''.



* BasedOnARealStory: In a past election, Ray's deceased grandfather was used in a voting fraud. Ray used the incident to write "Grandpa Voted Democrat" to inspire people to vote honestly.



* ButtMonkey: The narrator in "Deerslayer" was perhaps the biggest one in all of Ray's songs. After supposedly accidentally killing a deer that ran into his car, he decided to take it home. Turns out that it was only stunned and upon waking up, it trashed his car. To make matters worse, a pack of hunting dogs that had been chasing the deer attacked him and trapped him on top of a telephone booth. Finally, after the police he had called arrived, [[MiscarriageOfJustice they arrested him for having a deer out of season and was given thirty days]], during which he lost his job and his wife left him.



* CounterfeitCash: In "Obama Budget Plan", he and his family print up their own money in the basement. Naturally, he and his family get arrested at the end of the video.

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* CounterfeitCash: In "Obama Budget Plan", he the narrator and his family print up their own money in the basement. Naturally, he and his family get arrested at the end of the video.
6th Jul '16 7:46:57 AM Eddy1215
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* CounterfeitCash: In "Obama Budget Plan", he and his family print up their own money in the basement. Naturally, he and his family get arrested at the end of the video.
5th Jul '16 1:21:57 PM Willbyr
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* BadSanta: According to "Santa Claus Is Watchin' You", he's the "secret head of the CIA" and wire-taps your phone. Clearly PlayedForLaughs.

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* BadSanta: According to PlayedForLaughs in "Santa Claus Is Watchin' You", where he's the "secret head of the CIA" and wire-taps your phone. Clearly PlayedForLaughs.phone.



-->Noble Lumpkin? This here's the Illustrious Potentate. ''*pause*'' I said it's the Illustrious Potentate. ''*pause*'' The '''Illustrious'''-- Coy, dadblame it, this here's Bubba!

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-->Noble Lumpkin? This here's the Illustrious Potentate. ''*pause*'' *''pause''* I said it's the Illustrious Potentate. ''*pause*'' *''pause''* The '''Illustrious'''-- Coy, dadblame it, this here's Bubba!



** "Sitting Up with the Dead", in which his late Uncle Fred is so horribly bent over due to arthritis that the morticians have to use a heavy chain to straighten him out. Somehow the chain snaps in the middle of the wake, causing Uncle Fred to sit up in his casket. HilarityEnsues.

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** "Sitting Up with With the Dead", in which his late Uncle Fred is so horribly bent over due to arthritis that the morticians have to use a heavy chain to straighten him out. Somehow the chain snaps in the middle of the wake, causing Uncle Fred to sit up in his casket. HilarityEnsues.



* LongTitle: "Jeremiah Peabody's Polyunsaturated Quick-Dissolving Fast-Acting Pleasant-Tasting Green and Purple Pills". He later topped that with "Ned Nostril (And His South Seas Paradise, Puts Your Blues on Ice, Cheap at Twice the Price Band [Ikky-Ikky, Ukky-Ukky])".

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* LongTitle: "Jeremiah Peabody's Polyunsaturated Quick-Dissolving Fast-Acting Pleasant-Tasting Green and Purple Pills". He later topped that with Pills" and "Ned Nostril (And His South Seas Paradise, Puts Your Blues on Ice, Cheap at Twice the Price Band [Ikky-Ikky, Ukky-Ukky])".



--->Oh! Hello! Coy? Where have you been? No, you wasn't at the meeting! Well, I found out that, at three o'clock this mornin', you was out there in your Fruit of the Looms in the motel swimmin' pool with a bunch of them little waitresses from the cocktail lounge! I just hope Charlene don't find out about this, Coy! What? Well, how'd you get that big motorcycle up there ''on'' the high dive, Coy?

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--->Oh! Hello! Coy? Where have you been? No, you wasn't at the meeting! Well, I found out that, that at three o'clock this mornin', you was out there in your Fruit of the Looms in the motel swimmin' pool with a bunch of them little waitresses from the cocktail lounge! I just hope Charlene don't find out about this, Coy! What? Well, how'd you get that big motorcycle up there ''on'' the high dive, Coy?



-->'''Reporter:''' Pardon me, sir, did you see what happened?
-->'''Interviewee:''' Yeah, I did.

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-->'''Reporter:''' --->'''Reporter:''' Pardon me, sir, did you see what happened?
-->'''Interviewee:'''
happened?\\
'''Interviewee:'''
Yeah, I did.



* later* \\

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* later* \\[''later'']\\



** Also shows up in Ray's cover of the theme from ''Music/TheMonkees'', which he performs as an Austrian singing troupe (ItMakesSenseInContext). Come the key change, one of the singers (who of course, is Ray) protests that the lead singer went up too high.

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** Also shows up in Ray's cover of the theme from ''Music/TheMonkees'', which he performs [[ItMakesSenseInContext as an Austrian singing troupe (ItMakesSenseInContext).troupe]]. Come the key change, one of the singers (who of course, is Ray) protests that the lead singer went up too high.
3rd Jul '16 10:51:49 PM Eddy1215
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* HandWave: PlayedForLaughs in "Harry the Hairy Ape" when Ray mentioned Hairy's record out of the blue, to which a woman demanded where it came from, with Ray responding with a BigShutUp.

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* HandWave: PlayedForLaughs in "Harry the Hairy Ape" when Ray mentioned Hairy's Harry's record out of the blue, to which a woman demanded where it came from, with Ray responding with a BigShutUp.
3rd Jul '16 10:50:47 PM Eddy1215
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* BigShutUp: In "Harry the Hairy Ape", when Ray mentions that the [=DJ=] played Harry's record, a woman demanded "What record?", to which Ray said this to avoid explaining where the record came from.

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* BigShutUp: In "Harry the Hairy Ape", when Ray mentions that the [=DJ=] played Harry's record, a woman demanded "What record?", to which Ray said this [[HandWave to avoid explaining where the record came from.from]].
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