Billboard #1 Hits: #325: “The Streak”- Ray Stevens. May 18, 1974. #1 for 3 weeks on Billboard Hot 100.
- Single: “The Streak”- Ray Stevens
- Record Company- Barnaby
- Genre: Novelty
- Written by Ray Stevens
- Time: 3:18
- B-side:”You’ve Got The Music Inside”
- Album- Boogity Boogity
- Grade: D
- Peaked at #1 3 weeks in the Billboard Hot 100. #1 in UK Singles Chart, #1 in Canada and New Zealand.
On of the biggest hits of 1974- Ray Stevens capitalized quickly on the streaking fad of 1974- with this hit. Around the time it was at the top of the charts- my grandfather took me and two of my younger cousins on a week long trip down south. It was a lot of fun of course but when I think of that trip- I think of this song. My grandfather had the radio on all the time as we traveled which was fine and the two songs that were always playing were “Band On The Run”- and “The Streak.” My younger cousin was four years old. For a four year old he traveled well but he was too young to go. Every time we went into a restaurant my four year old cousin- egged on by my grandfather would stand up in the booth and start singing “The Streak”- which of course drew everyone’s attention to our table. The people loved it- all except me and my other cousin- who both wanted to craw under the table. This is a song that after about five listens- at least to me- that was enough. There would be 37 #1 hits in 1974- at 3 weeks at #1 tied 3 other singles with the longest stay at #1 that year.
My favorite story on streaking- supposedly Mets manager Yogi Berra came home one night from a game and his wife said she was listening to the game and they said there was a streaker holding up the game. She asked Yogi ‘Was it a man or a woman?” To which Yogi replied- “I couldn’t tell they had a mask on.”