" is a popular country
/novelty song written, produced, and sung by Ray Stevens
. It was released in March 1974 as the lead single to his album Boogity Boogity
. "The Streak" capitalized on the then popular craze of streaking
One of Stevens' most successful recordings, "The Streak" was his second number one on the Billboard Hot 100
singles chart in the USA, spending three weeks at the top in May 1974 and reached #3 on the Billboard Country singles chart. A major international hit it also reached #1 on the UK Singles Chart
, spending a single week at the top of the chart in June 1974. In total it sold over 5 million copies internationally and ranked on Billboard
magazine's Top hits of 1974 at #8.
The song's story is a series of three "news flashes" featuring the "Action News Reporter
" (Stevens) on the scenes of reported streaking events: at the supermarket, the gas station, and the basketball playoffs. The reporter interviews a man (also Stevens) who responds with his views of what happened. The responses contain several double entendres
, and the man tries to warn his wife, Ethel, not to look ("Don't look, Ethel!"), but is always too late. After the third interview, the man sees the streaker again, but to his horror the streaker is joined by his wife, and the man changes his tune: "Ethel, you brazen hussy!".