Ray Stevens' breakthrough in music came with comedy songs like "Jeremiah Peabody's Polyunsaturated Quick-Dissolving Fast-Acting Pleasant-Tasting Green and Purple Pills" and "Ahab the Arab." Written by Stevens himself, this song was his first attempt to prove his artistic versatility. It tells the story of a man who has a reputation for always having a clownish persona and a love for making jokes (which leads everybody to think his personality is only two-dimensional) but is currently facing the heartache of a rejection by a woman.
Stevens later re-recorded this song for his album Even Stevens, which was released in 1968 and considered by many as his first "serious" album.
Jimi Hendrix opened for The Monkees on their 1967 tour, and it did not go well. The young, mostly female crowd shouted "Davy" when Hendrix sang the word "Lady" in "Foxy Lady" in honor of who they came to see: Monkees lead singer Davy Jones.