Everything Is Beautiful
|"Everything Is Beautiful"|
|Single by Ray Stevens|
|from the album Everything Is Beautiful|
|B-side||"A Brighter Day"|
|Ray Stevens singles chronology|
“Everything Is Beautiful” is a song written, composed, and performed by Ray Stevens. It has appeared on many of Stevens' 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' 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' 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. Many country stations played the song, peaking it at #39 on Billboard's chart. Billboard ranked the record as the No. 12 song of 1970. 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."
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 comedy/novelty songs.
|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|
Neil Sedaka performed a version[when?] of this selection in 1986, which did not chart. Foster & Allen also did a version of the song reached number 45 in the UK charts and number 66 in the Irish charts from their album Songs We Love to Sing. Cledus T. Judd also did a version for the album Oogity Boogity. It featured Michael English, Wynonna Judd, Trace Adkins, Rascal Flatts, Dobie Gray, Erika Jo, and SHeDaisy as accompanying vocalists.
- Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 231.
- allmusic ((( Ray Stevens > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles ))) [dead link]
- Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 1970
- Everything Is Beautiful by Ray Stevens Songfacts
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May 23, 1970 - June 6, 1970 (three weeks)
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May 30, 1970 - June 6, 1970
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