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A very popular and family-friendly entertainer throughout the '60s, Ray Stevens was given his own TV variety show in 1970 called The Ray Stevens Show
, which lasted just one season as a summer replacement. He wrote the uplifting "Everything Is Beautiful" as the theme for the show. Stevens explained to mybestyears.com
, "I needed a very special song for the program. I went down in my basement for about three days. I had crumpled paper all over the place. And suddenly the idea for the song came to me. I wrote it in maybe 45 minutes. It was a very special song and one that a lot of people still remember and sing along when I do it in shows."
This is a rare hit for Stevens that was not a novelty recording. He was better known for comedy songs like "The Streak," "Ahab, The Arab," and "Harry The Hairy Ape."
This won Stevens his first Grammy. It won for Best Contemporary Vocal Performance, Male. (thanks, Patrick - Tallapoosa, GA)
Stevens was backed on this track by his two daughters and a second-grade class from Oak Hill Elementary School in Nashville, Tennessee. The song opens with the children's chorus singing the first two lines of a popular bible school hymn, "Jesus Loves The Little Children."
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