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Ray Price   Crazy Arms & Heartaches by the Number
Ray Price Crazy Arms & Heartaches by the Number
Published: 2013/07/23
Channel: GatorRock788
Special upload: Ray Price - Night Life (1996 CD Reissue) [Stereo]
Special upload: Ray Price - Night Life (1996 CD Reissue) [Stereo]
Published: 2016/12/12
Channel: Outlaw Country
Ray Price - "Faded Love" - LIVE
Ray Price - "Faded Love" - LIVE
Published: 2015/05/24
Channel: Don Speice
Ray Price - One Broken Heart Don
Ray Price - One Broken Heart Don't Mean A Thing
Published: 2014/10/04
Channel: Classic Country Music
Ray Price -  11 songs, click SHOW MORE to view the list below (Live 1987)
Ray Price - 11 songs, click SHOW MORE to view the list below (Live 1987)
Published: 2016/12/30
Channel: Rare Tracks
Waylon, Willie, Ray Price & Roger Miller - Old Friends
Waylon, Willie, Ray Price & Roger Miller - Old Friends
Published: 2013/08/24
Channel: Classic Country Music
RAY PRICE - For The Good Times
RAY PRICE - For The Good Times
Published: 2008/10/11
Channel: Mk F
Ray Price (musician)
Ray Price (musician)
Published: 2015/10/07
Channel: Audiopedia
Ray Price / Willie Nelson / Rose of San Antone
Ray Price / Willie Nelson / Rose of San Antone
Published: 2013/09/20
Channel: willietribute2000
Ray Price - "Please Don
Ray Price - "Please Don't Leave Me" - LIVE
Published: 2015/05/08
Channel: Don Speice
The Other Woman Ray Price Junior Brown 1998 LIVE
The Other Woman Ray Price Junior Brown 1998 LIVE
Published: 2014/10/08
Channel: jeriw
Ray Price "I
Ray Price "I'm Still Not Over You"
Published: 2013/12/17
Channel: Piggylou
Ray Price - "For The Good Times" - LIVE
Ray Price - "For The Good Times" - LIVE
Published: 2015/05/26
Channel: Don Speice
Ray Price Yesterday
Ray Price Yesterday
Published: 2010/02/14
Channel: MrBeatlesCovers
Ray Price / Willie Nelson / Night Life
Ray Price / Willie Nelson / Night Life
Published: 2013/09/20
Channel: willietribute2000
Buddy Emmons & Ray Price - Nightlife
Buddy Emmons & Ray Price - Nightlife
Published: 2012/01/29
Channel: parissteel
Faded Love Cherokee Cowboys Instrumental 1998 Ray Price
Faded Love Cherokee Cowboys Instrumental 1998 Ray Price
Published: 2014/08/18
Channel: jeriw
ray price - time
ray price - time
Published: 2013/04/15
Channel: imagrandpa
Junior Brown - My Shoes Keep Walking Back To You
Junior Brown - My Shoes Keep Walking Back To You
Published: 2015/04/03
Channel: Classic Country Music
ray price - release me
ray price - release me
Published: 2013/04/15
Channel: imagrandpa
ray price - I won
ray price - I won't mention it again
Published: 2013/04/15
Channel: imagrandpa
Kris Kristofferson - For The Good Times
Kris Kristofferson - For The Good Times
Published: 2014/06/23
Channel: DrSotosOctopus
ray price - faded love - violin
ray price - faded love - violin
Published: 2013/04/15
Channel: imagrandpa
What If He Don
What If He Don't Love You ( Like I Do ) / Ray Price
Published: 2017/03/08
Channel: Johnn Maddy
ray price - city lights
ray price - city lights
Published: 2013/04/15
Channel: imagrandpa
ray price - for the good times
ray price - for the good times
Published: 2013/04/15
Channel: imagrandpa
Ray Price I Lie A Lot + Lyrics
Ray Price I Lie A Lot + Lyrics
Published: 2013/02/10
Channel: hornyvids1x3yz
Ray Price Medley
Ray Price Medley
Published: 2016/03/27
Channel: noplanbband
Ray price cover..heart over mind:)
Ray price cover..heart over mind:)
Published: 2016/03/04
Channel: thomas yon
For The Good Times (rec by Ray Price)
For The Good Times (rec by Ray Price)
Published: 2016/04/13
Channel: True Love Cafe Canada 290 Dundas St E Toronto ON
ray price - the other woman
ray price - the other woman
Published: 2013/04/15
Channel: imagrandpa
CRAZY ARMS - Cover -  Ray Price  1956
CRAZY ARMS - Cover - Ray Price 1956
Published: 2014/01/13
Channel: bappreciated
ray price - a way to survive
ray price - a way to survive
Published: 2013/04/15
Channel: imagrandpa
ROGER MILLER & WILLIE NELSON "OLD FRIENDS" & SOME SUPER GOOD SWING - AUSTIN CITY LIMITS, 1983 (84)
ROGER MILLER & WILLIE NELSON "OLD FRIENDS" & SOME SUPER GOOD SWING - AUSTIN CITY LIMITS, 1983 (84)
Published: 2016/08/10
Channel: Gladstone Girl4
Skeeter Nash sings Way To Survive by Ray Price
Skeeter Nash sings Way To Survive by Ray Price
Published: 2013/07/28
Channel: jhavins1
Willie Nelson - The Making of For the Good Times: A Tribute to Ray Price
Willie Nelson - The Making of For the Good Times: A Tribute to Ray Price
Published: 2016/07/27
Channel: WillieNelsonVEVO
Bill David - Crazy Arms - Ray Price Tribute
Bill David - Crazy Arms - Ray Price Tribute
Published: 2015/09/18
Channel: Bill David
I Love You So Much I Let You Go /  Ray Price
I Love You So Much I Let You Go / Ray Price
Published: 2017/03/07
Channel: Johnn Maddy
"Don
"Don't You Ever Get Tired Of Hurting Me" a Ray Price Cover by BANDE
Published: 2016/07/30
Channel: BANDE S.
Ray Price live at the Lumberyard in Roscoe, Texas
Ray Price live at the Lumberyard in Roscoe, Texas
Published: 2012/10/14
Channel: Fikenhild
ray price - crazy
ray price - crazy
Published: 2013/04/15
Channel: imagrandpa
You Need A Lady In Your Life  Ray Price.wmv
You Need A Lady In Your Life Ray Price.wmv
Published: 2012/01/08
Channel: Eddie Burton
TOUCH MY HEART - Mitch Barker
TOUCH MY HEART - Mitch Barker
Published: 2017/07/09
Channel: Mitch Barker
Heart Over Mind (Ray Price) - Cover
Heart Over Mind (Ray Price) - Cover
Published: 2015/03/18
Channel: Vi "The Fiddler" Wickam
Country Hall of Fame Singer Ray Price signing several autographs - TopSignatures.com
Country Hall of Fame Singer Ray Price signing several autographs - TopSignatures.com
Published: 2013/02/24
Channel: TopSignatures
Kenny Price, Wade Ray and Buddy Emmons | Live at Church Street Station
Kenny Price, Wade Ray and Buddy Emmons | Live at Church Street Station
Published: 2016/08/16
Channel: onemediamusic
Ray Price - Night Life
Ray Price - Night Life
Published: 2012/03/18
Channel: BaronVonPenguin
Ray Price Somewhere + Lyrics
Ray Price Somewhere + Lyrics
Published: 2013/02/21
Channel: MoherowyBereciak
Ray Price ~ You Done Me Wrong - Original Columbia 45rpm 1956
Ray Price ~ You Done Me Wrong - Original Columbia 45rpm 1956
Published: 2013/01/18
Channel: pappyvanwinkle1
Faith Ray (Price Cover)
Faith Ray (Price Cover)
Published: 2016/07/18
Channel: guitar video chords com
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Ray Price
Ray Price publicity portrait cropped.jpg
Ray Price, ca. 1968
Background information
Birth name Noble Ray Price
Also known as The Cherokee Cowboy
Born (1926-01-12)January 12, 1926
Wood County, Texas, United States
Died December 16, 2013(2013-12-16) (aged 87)
Mount Pleasant, Texas, U.S.
Genres Country, Western swing, traditional pop
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, guitarist
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1948–2013
Labels Columbia, Myrrh, ABC, Monument, Dimension, Viva, Step One
Associated acts Hank Williams Johnny Bush, Merle Haggard, Rosetta Tharpe, Harlan Howard, George Jones, Roger Miller, Willie Nelson, Johnny Paycheck

Noble Ray Price (January 12, 1926 – December 16, 2013) was an American country music singer, songwriter, and guitarist. His wide-ranging baritone is regarded as among the best male voices of country music,[1] and his innovations, such as propelling the country beat from 2/4 to 4/4, known as the "Ray Price beat", helped make country music more popular.[1] Some of his well-known recordings include "Release Me", "Crazy Arms", "Heartaches by the Number", "For the Good Times", "Night Life", and "You're the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me". He was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1996. Price continued to record and tour well into his mid-eighties.

Early life[edit]

Ray Price was born on a farm near the small, now gone, community of Peach, near Perryville in Wood County, Texas [2] He was the son of Walter Clifton Price and Clara Mae Bradley Cimini. His grandfather James M. M. Price was an early settler of the area.[3] Price was three years old when his parents divorced and his mother moved to Dallas, Texas. For the rest of his childhood he split time between Dallas and on the family farm, where his father had remained.[4] Price's mother and step-father were successful fashion designers and wanted him to take up that line of work but it had little appeal to him.[5] Ray Price began singing and playing guitar as a teenager but at first chose a career in veterinary medicine. He was attending North Texas Agricultural College in preparation for that career when his studies were interrupted by America's entry into World War II.[4] Price was drafted in 1944 and served in the United States Marine Corps in the Pacific Theater.[4][6] He returned to the college after the war, and many years later (1972) was honored as a distinguished alumnus.[6][7]

Music career[edit]

1940s–1950s success[edit]

Price featured on a Grand Ole Opry publicity portrait

After the war and college, Price rethought his decision to continue schooling to be a veterinarian. For one thing he was considered too small to work with large cattle and horses, the backbone of a Texas veterinarian's practice.[5] While helping around his father's ranch he also began singing at various functions around the Abilene, Texas area. This eventually led him to begin singing on the radio program Hillbilly Circus broadcast on Abilene's KRBC in 1948.[6] He joined the Big D Jamboree on Dallas radio station KRLD-AM in 1949, and when the show was picked up for broadcast on the CBS radio network soon afterward Price had his first taste of national exposure.[6] It was around this time Ray Price became friends with Lefty Frizzell. The two first met at Beck Recording Studio in Dallas, and Price ended up writing the song "Give Me More, More, More Of Your Kisses" for Frizzell's use.[6] A few demos recorded by Price at Beck's caught the attention of Bullet Records in Nashville, Tennessee and he was signed to his first recording contract. However, his first single released on Bullet, "Jealous Lies" failed to become a chart hit.[6]

He relocated to Nashville in the early 1950s, rooming for a brief time with Hank Williams. When Williams died, Price managed his band, the Drifting Cowboys, and had minor success. He was the first artist to have a success with the song "Release Me" (1954), a top five popular music hit for Engelbert Humperdinck in 1967.

In 1953, Price formed his band, the Cherokee Cowboys. Among its members during the late 1950s and early 1960s were; Roger Miller, Willie Nelson, Darrell McCall, Van Howard, Johnny Paycheck, Johnny Bush, Buddy Emmons, Pete Wade, Jan Kurtis, Shorty Lavender and Buddy Spicher. Miller wrote one of Ray Price's classics in 1958, "Invitation to the Blues", and sang harmony on the recording. Additionally, Nelson composed the Ray Price song "Night Life".

Price became one of the stalwarts of 1950s honky tonk music, with hit songs such as "Talk To Your Heart" (1952) and "Release Me". He later developed the famous "Ray Price Shuffle," a 4/4 arrangement of honky tonk music with a walking bassline, which can be heard on "Crazy Arms" (1956) and many of his other recordings from the late 1950s.

1960–2000s: Nashville sound to gospel[edit]

Price in 2009

During the 1960s, Ray experimented increasingly with the so-called Nashville sound, singing slow ballads and utilizing lush arrangements of strings and backing singers. Examples include his 1967 rendition of "Danny Boy", and "For the Good Times" in 1970 which was Price's first country music chart No. 1 hit since "The Same Old Me" in 1959. Written by Kris Kristofferson, the song also scored No. 11 on the popular music chart and featured a mellower Price backed by sophisticated musical sounds, quite in contrast to the honky tonk sounds Price had pioneered two decades before. Price had three more No. 1 country music successes during the 1970s: "I Won't Mention It Again", "She's Got To Be A Saint", and "You're the Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me" (the last of which was a pop hit in Canada, and would gain greater fame a year later when Gladys Knight & the Pips covered it). His final top ten hit was "Diamonds In The Stars" in early 1982. Price continued to have songs on the country music chart through 1989. Later, he sang gospel music and recorded such songs as "Amazing Grace", "What A Friend We Have In Jesus", "Farther Along" and "Rock of Ages."[8]

Ray Price briefly made national news again in 1999 when he was arrested for possession of marijuana.[5] According to Price in a 2008 interview, old friend Willie Nelson—no stranger to marijuana arrests—phoned and told him he'd just earned $5 million in free publicity with the drug bust.[5]

In 2009, Price made two performances for the Fox News show Huckabee. The first was with the Cherokee Cowboys and host Mike Huckabee, and he performed "Crazy Arms" and "Heartaches By The Number". Weeks later he performed with the Cherokee Cowboys and Willie Nelson (again with Huckabee playing bass guitar). This time they performed duets of "Faded Love" and "Crazy."

Price worked on his last but one album, Last of the Breed, with fellow country music singers Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard. This album was released on March 20, 2007 by the company Lost Highway Records. The two-disc set features 20 country classics as well as a pair of new compositions. The trio toured the U.S. from March 9 until March 25 starting in Arizona and finishing in Illinois. This was Price's third album with Nelson and first album with Haggard. After the tour, Haggard remarked, "I told Willie when it was over, 'That old man gave us a goddamn singing lesson.' He really did. He just sang so good. He sat there with the mic against his chest. And me and Willie are all over the microphone trying to find it, and he found it."[9]

Cancer and death[edit]

On November 6, 2012, Ray Price confirmed that he was fighting pancreatic cancer. Price told the San Antonio Express-News that he had been receiving chemotherapy for the past six months.[10] An alternative to the chemo would have been surgery that involved removing the pancreas along with portions of the stomach and liver, which would have meant a long recovery and stay in a nursing home. Said Price, "That's not very much an option for me. God knows I want to live as long as I can but I don't want to live like that."[10] The 87-year-old Country Music Hall of Famer also told the newspaper, "The doctor said that every man will get cancer if he lives to be old enough. I don't know why I got it – I ain't old!"[10] Price retained a positive outlook and hoped to play as many as a hundred concert dates in 2013.

Although in February 2013 the cancer appeared to be in remission, Price was hospitalized in May 2013 with severe dehydration.[11][12] On December 2, 2013, Price entered a Tyler, Texas, hospital in the final stages of pancreatic cancer, according to his son, then left on December 12 for home hospice care.[13] Price died at his home in Mt. Pleasant, Texas, on December 16, 2013.[14][15] Ray Price was interred at Restland Memorial Park in Dallas, Texas.

Personal life[edit]

After leaving Nashville Price lived his time off the road on his east Texas ranch near Mount Pleasant, continuing to dabble in cattle and horses.[5] Ray Price married twice. He and his first wife divorced in the late 1960s.[6] Price married second wife Janie on June 11, 1970, and they remained together until his death.[5][6] A son from his first marriage, Cliff Price, also survives.[4]

Discography[edit]

Industry awards[edit]

Academy of Country Music

Country Music Association

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Grammy Awards

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Bill Friskics-Warren (16 December 2013). "Ray Price, Groundbreaking, Hit-Making Country Singer, Dies at 87". nytimes.com. 
  2. ^ "PEACH, TX | The Handbook of Texas Online| Texas State Historical Association (TSHA)". Tshaonline.org. Retrieved 2015-07-30. 
  3. ^ "James M.M. Price (1868 - 1966) - Find A Grave Memorial". Findagrave.com. Retrieved 2015-07-30. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Ray Price - Obituary". Telegraph Media Group dba London Telegraph. 17 December 2013. Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f Dansby, Andrew (2 March 2008). "At 82 Ray Price isn't ready to call it a day". The Houston Chronicle via website. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h Francke, Stewart (2014). "Ray Price biography". Net Industries dba Musician Guide.com. Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  7. ^ Slupecki, Susan (Spring–Summer 2006). "In Good Company". UT-Arlington magazine. Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
  8. ^ "Rock of Ages". Retrieved March 24, 2006. [dead link]
  9. ^ Doyle, Patrick (16 December 2013). "Ray Price's Son Prematurely Reports Father's Death". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  10. ^ a b c Dukes, Billy (6 November 2012). "Ray Price diagnosed with cancer". Retrieved 6 November 2012. 
  11. ^ "Ray Price Hospitalized". Tasteofcountry.com. 2013-05-14. Retrieved 2013-08-09. 
  12. ^ "Ray Price - Hi Folks, Just to let my Facebook Friends...". Facebook. Retrieved 2013-08-09. 
  13. ^ Wilonsky, Robert (December 15, 2013). "Reports of country legend Ray Price's death have been premature". The Dallas Morning News. Dallas, TX. Retrieved December 15, 2013. 
  14. ^ December 16, 2013; Written by Edward Morris (1926-01-12). "News : Ray Price, Country Legend, Dead at 87". CMT. Retrieved 2013-12-18. 
  15. ^ CHRIS TALBOTT and JAMIE STENGLE Associated Press. "Influential Country Singer Ray Price Dead at 87 - ABC News". Abcnews.go.com. Retrieved 2013-12-18. 

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