Ray Price one of the greats left us today

Ray Price has covered — and kicked up — as much musical turf as any country singer of the postwar era. He’s been lionized as the man who saved hard country when Nashville went pop, and vilified as the man who went pop when hard country was starting to call its own name with pride.
~Dan Cooper (allmusic.com)

 

Ray Price, the legendary country singer, has died following his battle with pancreatic cancer,Rolling Stone reports. He was 87.

 

For The Good Times:

From Wikipedia:

Birth name Ray Price
Also known as The Cherokee Cowboy
Born January 12, 1926 (age 87)
Origin Perryville, Texas, U.S.
Genres Country, Western swing
Occupations Singer, songwriter, guitarist
Years active 1948–present
Associated acts Johnny Bush, Merle Haggard, Rosetta Tharpe, Harlan Howard, George Jones, Roger Miller, Willie Nelson, Johnny Paycheck

Ray Price (born January 12, 1926) is 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. His more well-known recordings include “Release Me”, “Crazy Arms”, “Heartaches by the Number”, “City Lights”, “My Shoes Keep Walking Back to You”, “For the Good Times”, “Night Life”, “I Won’t Mention It Again”, “You’re the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me”, and “Danny Boy”. He was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1996 and—now in his 80s—continues to record and tour.

….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…..

ray price & hank williams

Crazy Arms and Heartaches by the number:


Industry Awards:

Academy of Country Music

  • 1970 Album of the Year – “For The Good Times”
  • 1970 Single of the Year – “For The Good Times”

Country Music Association

  • 1971 Album of the Year – “I Won’t Mention It Again”

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

  • Inducted in 1996

Grammy Awards

  • 1971 Best Male Country Vocal Performance – “For The Good Times”
  • 2008 Best Country Collaboration with Vocals with Willie Nelson – “Lost Highway”

Album of the day:

The Essential Ray Price (1951-1962) – (1991)

album-the-essential-ray-price-1951-1962

Ray [email protected]:

– Hallgeir

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