Monday, March 30, 2015

Sounds of Praise: Turn Your Radio On (1972)

Ray Stevens put aside the satires that had made him a country icon and released "Turn Your Radio On" in the winter of 1972. The title track had been written by Al Brumley in the late 30's, and is one of two Brumley compositions Stevens covered, the other being "I'll Fly Away". Stevens wrote two other tracks for the album, which was later reissued on Columbia.

Mind the fact that the screen does appear to have been cut on the left side. That's, I think, to avoid the copyright police.

You might not realize this, but most of the backing vocals were also done by Stevens in the studio.


ACcountryFan said...

For whatever reason the one that uploaded this clip onto YouTube used the studio recording of Ray singing the song and played it over top of the television appearance. It isn't the actual vocal performance Ray did on Hee Haw, which is where this performance comes from.

hobbyfan said...

Thanks very much. I was wondering why the video and audio weren't completely in sync.