Comedian Don Maclean looks at the unorthodox career of country, pop and novelty singer/songwriter Ray Stevens (born Harold Ray Ragsdale), who established his trademark pop cheek first in 1961 with the US hit Jeremiah Peabody 's Poly Unsaturated Quick Dissolving Fast Acting Pleasant Tasting Green and Purple Pills. Other hits include Ahab the Arab (1962), Gitarzan (1969), the 1970 Vietnam War-inspired US number one Everything Is Beautiful, the country-gospel
God-concerned hit Turn Your Radio
On, the 1974 transatlantic chart-topper The Streak and his 1975 country cover of Misty. With input from Ray Stevens , crooner Andy Williams (on whose TV show
Stevens often appeared), comic
Jasper Carrott , veteran broadcaster Tony Blackburn , songwriter/ producer Mike Batt and popular-culture academic Simon Warner.
New series 1/6. Return of the contemporary jazz series in which the innovative saxophonist airs live music and new releases. This 12th series features special guests, starting tonight with legendary tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins. And there's a live performance from pianist Gwilyn Simcock. Producer Natasha Costa Correa
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