Ray Stevens (born Harold Ray Ragsdale, January 24, 1939) is an American country music, pop singer-songwriter who has become equally well known for his serious material as he has for his novelty songs. Stevens was born Harry Ray Ragsdale on January 24, 1939, in Clarkdale, Georgia. While attending high school, Stevens formed his first band, a rhythm and blues group he named the Barons. Following his graduation from high school, Stevens enrolled in Georgia State College as a music major. Capitol Records signed Stevens to their Prep Records division in 1957, and produced the singles 'Silver Bracelet,' that Billboard predicted to be a teen favorite, and 'Rang Tang Ding Dong,' about a Japanese sandman, for which Billboard credited the 16-year-old Stevens' vocals as 'strong, attractive.'
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