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RAY PRICE - For The Good Times
RAY PRICE - For The Good Times
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RAY PRICE sings Touch My Heart
RAY PRICE sings Touch My Heart
DATE: 2009/03/22::
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Ray Price - "Crazy Arms" | Grand Ole Opry Classics | Opry
Ray Price - "Crazy Arms" | Grand Ole Opry Classics | Opry
DATE: 2011/10/11::
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Janie Price, Ray Price & Beauty Is…
Janie Price, Ray Price & Beauty Is…
DATE: 2014/12/14::
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Ray Price - I
Ray Price - I'll Be There (1953)
DATE: 2012/01/12::
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Ray Price
Ray Price's Memorial Service FULL
DATE: 2014/02/14::
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Wade Hayes - Heartaches By The Number
Wade Hayes - Heartaches By The Number
DATE: 2015/05/13::
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Ray Price   Heartaches by the Number
Ray Price Heartaches by the Number
DATE: 2013/07/23::
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Country Musician Ray Price Dies At 87
Country Musician Ray Price Dies At 87
DATE: 2014/06/28::
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Crazy Arms - Ray Price
Crazy Arms - Ray Price
DATE: 2008/09/09::
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Ray Price- Crazy Arms/ With Lyrics
Ray Price- Crazy Arms/ With Lyrics
DATE: 2013/02/27::
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Ray Price - "Release Me"
Ray Price - "Release Me"
DATE: 2010/03/10::
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Willie Nelson with Ray Charles - Seven Spanish Angels
Willie Nelson with Ray Charles - Seven Spanish Angels
DATE: 2009/10/25::
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Fever Ray tar emot pris för Årets Dans på P3 Guld
Fever Ray tar emot pris för Årets Dans på P3 Guld
DATE: 2010/01/23::
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Ray Price - Make The World Go Away
Ray Price - Make The World Go Away
DATE: 2011/08/09::
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RAY PRICE - "I WONT MENTION IT AGAIN" (1971)
RAY PRICE - "I WONT MENTION IT AGAIN" (1971)
DATE: 2009/11/27::
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Ray Price, "Beauty Lies In The Eyes of the Beholder" (with Vince Gill)
Ray Price, "Beauty Lies In The Eyes of the Beholder" (with Vince Gill)
DATE: 2014/07/09::
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RELEASE  ME  by  RAY  PRICE
RELEASE ME by RAY PRICE
DATE: 2008/01/15::
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Faded Love - Ray Price and Willie Nelson with lyrics
Faded Love - Ray Price and Willie Nelson with lyrics
DATE: 2011/11/30::
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Stevie Ray Vaughan - Pride and Joy (Studio version)
Stevie Ray Vaughan - Pride and Joy (Studio version)
DATE: 2009/08/30::
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Ray Price - Adios Mariquita Linda
Ray Price - Adios Mariquita Linda
DATE: 2012/01/01::
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Hank Singer - Interview Cafe
Hank Singer - Interview Cafe
DATE: 2009/04/24::
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"Geomancer" - Walking the Labyrinth by Richard Price
"Geomancer" - Walking the Labyrinth by Richard Price
DATE: 2010/02/09::
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Kris Kristofferson - For The Good Times
Kris Kristofferson - For The Good Times
DATE: 2014/06/22::
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Musician George Price on the Emmanuel Ray (pilot) episode.
Musician George Price on the Emmanuel Ray (pilot) episode.
DATE: 2015/06/16::
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Stevie Ray Vaughan-Pride And Joy
Stevie Ray Vaughan-Pride And Joy
DATE: 2007/07/26::
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Ray Price -- Crazy Arms and Heartaches by the Number
Ray Price -- Crazy Arms and Heartaches by the Number
DATE: 2013/05/04::
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Original Big surprise for Bride and Groom...Chris and Leah Wedding 5 April 2014
Original Big surprise for Bride and Groom...Chris and Leah Wedding 5 April 2014
DATE: 2014/04/07::
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Buddy Spicher Interview
Buddy Spicher Interview
DATE: 2011/10/25::
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My Chemical Romance Interview | Gear, Songwriting & Inspiration | Musician
My Chemical Romance Interview | Gear, Songwriting & Inspiration | Musician's Friend
DATE: 2011/09/12::
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Roger Miller - Invitation To The Blues
Roger Miller - Invitation To The Blues
DATE: 2010/05/21::
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THE SIERRAS CRAZY ARMS
THE SIERRAS CRAZY ARMS
DATE: 2012/05/15::
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Programmer Picks - Billy Mize & the Bakersfield Sound
Programmer Picks - Billy Mize & the Bakersfield Sound
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Sexual Harassment
Sexual Harassment
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Eddy Arnold - Make The World Go Away  (1966)
Eddy Arnold - Make The World Go Away (1966)
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The Country Show Stars of the 1950`s Vol 04 Part 1
The Country Show Stars of the 1950`s Vol 04 Part 1
DATE: 2009/05/03::
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Black Butterfly by The Trinity
Black Butterfly by The Trinity
DATE: 2012/05/24::
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B.o.B - Ray Bands [Official Video]
B.o.B - Ray Bands [Official Video]
DATE: 2012/06/14::
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Dave Alvin and The Guilty Women @ Towne Crier Cafe 1
Dave Alvin and The Guilty Women @ Towne Crier Cafe 1
DATE: 2009/07/24::
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The Monster Club (1981) Full Movie | Vincent price Full Horror Movies
The Monster Club (1981) Full Movie | Vincent price Full Horror Movies
DATE: 2015/03/22::
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Concert and Conversation: The Big E: Salute to Buddy Emmons
Concert and Conversation: The Big E: Salute to Buddy Emmons
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Jim Weatherly - Midnight Train to Georgia (Story Behind)
Jim Weatherly - Midnight Train to Georgia (Story Behind)
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Spice - So Mi Like It (Raw)
Spice - So Mi Like It (Raw)
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Mike Sweeney Interview
Mike Sweeney Interview
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ASCEND Conference, Jeremy Riddle, Steffany Gretzinger, Ray Hughes & Sean Feucht
ASCEND Conference, Jeremy Riddle, Steffany Gretzinger, Ray Hughes & Sean Feucht
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Gamma Ray "Master Of Confusion" Official Rehearsal Lyric Video (HD)
Gamma Ray "Master Of Confusion" Official Rehearsal Lyric Video (HD)
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CHARLIE RICH   Behind Closed Doors
CHARLIE RICH Behind Closed Doors
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Roger Miller You Can T Roller Skate In A Buffalo Herd + Lyrics
Roger Miller You Can T Roller Skate In A Buffalo Herd + Lyrics
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Antibalas 11/15/13 Bear Creek Music Festival
Antibalas 11/15/13 Bear Creek Music Festival
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Jessie J - Big White Room (Live Acoustic Music Video) w/ lyrics
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Ray Price
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Background information
Birth name Noble Ray Price
Also known as The Cherokee Cowboy
Born (1926-01-12)January 12, 1926
Perryville, Texas, U.S.
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
Years active 1948–2013
Labels Columbia, Myrrh, ABC, Monument, Dimension, Viva, Step One
Associated acts 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 has often been praised as among the best male voices of country music. 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 [1] 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.[2] 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.[3] 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.[4] 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.[3] Price was drafted in 1944 and served as a U.S. Marine in the Pacific Theater.[3][5] He returned to the college after the war, and many years later (1972) was honored as a distinguished alumnus.[5][6]

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 veterinarians practice.[4] While helping around his fathers 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.[5] 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.[5] 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.[5] 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.[5]

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]

Ray Price, ca. 1968

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." 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."[7]

Ray Price briefly made national news again in 1999 when he was arrested for possession of marijuana.[4] 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.[4]

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."[8]

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.[9] 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."[9] 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!"[9] 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.[10][11] 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.[12] Price died at his home in Mt. Pleasant, Texas, on December 16, 2013.[13][14] 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.[4] Ray Price married twice. He and his first wife divorced in the late 1960s.[5] Price married second wife Janie on June 11, 1970, and they remained together until his death.[4][5] A son from his first marriage, Cliff Price, also survives.[3]

Discography[edit]

Main article: Ray Price discography

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. ^ "Texas Historical Society: PEACH, TX" http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hvp26
  2. ^ Gravestone of Ray Price's grandfather, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=price&GSiman=1&GScid=379899&GRid=29861270&
  3. ^ a b c d "Ray Price - Obituary". Telegraph Media Group dba London Telegraph. 17 December 2013. Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h Francke, Stewart (2014). "Ray Price biography". Net Industries dba Musician Guide.com. Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  6. ^ Slupecki, Susan (Spring–Summer 2006). "In Good Company". UT-Arlington magazine. Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
  7. ^ http://hometown.aol.com/diamondgospel/Rock-Of-Ages-Rock-Of-Ages.html
  8. ^ Doyle, Patrick (16 December 2013). "Ray Price's Son Prematurely Reports Father's Death". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  9. ^ a b c Dukes, Billy (6 November 2012). "Ray Price diagnosed with cancer". Retrieved 6 November 2012. 
  10. ^ "Ray Price Hospitalized". Tasteofcountry.com. 2013-05-14. Retrieved 2013-08-09. 
  11. ^ "Ray Price - Hi Folks, Just to let my Facebook Friends...". Facebook. Retrieved 2013-08-09. 
  12. ^ 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. 
  13. ^ December 16, 2013; Written by Edward Morris (1926-01-12). "News : Ray Price, Country Legend, Dead at 87". CMT. Retrieved 2013-12-18. 
  14. ^ 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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