Everything Is Beautiful

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"Everything is Beautiful"
Single by Ray Stevens
from the album Everything Is Beautiful
B-side A Brighter Day
Released 24 August 1970
Format 7" vinyl
Genre Pop, Country
Length 3:29
Label Barnaby
Writer(s) Ray Stevens
Ray Stevens singles chronology
"I'll Be Your Baby Tonight"
(1970)
"Everything Is Beautiful"
(1970)
"America, Communicate With Me
(1970)

"Everything is Beautiful" is a song by Ray Stevens. It has appeared on many of Stevens's albums, including one named after the song, and has become a pop standard and common in religious performances. The children heard singing the chorus of the song, using the hymn, "Jesus Loves the Little Children", are from the Oak Hill Elementary School in Nashville, Tennessee. This group includes Stevens's two daughters. The song was responsible for two wins at the Grammy Awards of 1971: Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for Ray Stevens and Grammy Award for Best Inspirational Performance for Jake Hess. Stevens's recording was the Number 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks in the summer of 1970. The song also spent three weeks atop the adult contemporary chart.[1] Many country stations played the song, peaking it at #39 on Billboard's chart.[2] The song includes anti-racist and pro-tolerance lyrics such as "We shouldn't care 'bout the length of his hair/Or the color of his skin".[3]

This song was a major departure for Stevens, as "Everything is Beautiful" is a more serious and spiritual tune, unlike some of his earlier ("Gitarzan" and "Ahab the Arab") and later ("The Streak") recordings which were more in the style of comedy/novelty songs.[4]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1970) Peak
position
US Billboard Hot 100 1
US Billboard Easy Listening 1
US Billboard Hot Country Singles 39
Australian Singles Chart 1
Belgian VRT Top 30 25
Canadian RPM Top Singles 1
Dutch Top 40 12
Euro Hit 50 16
Irish Singles Chart 3
New Zealand Singles Chart 16
UK Singles Chart 6

References[edit]

Preceded by
"For the Love of Him" by Bobbi Martin
Billboard Easy Listening Singles number-one single
May 23, 1970
Succeeded by
"Daughter of Darkness" by Tom Jones
Preceded by
"American Woman" / "No Sugar Tonight" by The Guess Who
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
May 30, 1970
Succeeded by
"The Long and Winding Road" / "For You Blue" by The Beatles