Ray Stevens

The Chess UK singles – one by one

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Singer, songwriter and record producer Harold Ray Ragsdale (Ray Stevens) was born on January 24, 1939. He is remembered for his songs “Everything is beautiful” and his comedy records “Bridget the Midget” and “The streak”. He has spent his entire working life in the music industry, and has received many awards.

“The streak” was released in the US on the Janus/Barnaby label, and in the UK on the Chess label on Chess 6146201 in May 1974.

The Balloon Busters

The Balloon Busters were a British pop group or session musicians put together by record producers at Pye Records, the then Chess licencees in the UK, and leased to Chess for US release as Chess 2072. Only one record is known by them. The label credits Mason, Blakeley and Howard which makes me think the group is the UK group better known as The Tremeloes. Can anyone confirm, please?

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