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Died On This Date (December 16, 2013) Ray Price / Country Music Icon

Posted by themusicsover on December 16, 2013

Ray Price
January 12, 1926 – December 16, 2013

ray-priceRay Price was a legendary country singer, musician and songwriter whose smooth baritone was one of the finest that country music has ever known.  Born in eastern Texas, Price began singing for an Abilene radio station upon his return from WWII. He moved to Nashville during the early ’50s and even roomed with Hank Williams for a bit.  After managing Williams’ Drifting Cowboys, he formed the Cherokee Cowboys in 1953 – a group that at one point or another counted Willie Nelson, Roger Miller, Johnny Paycheck and Johnny Bush as its own.  Over the years, Price scored iconic hits with “Release Me,” “For The Good Times,” and “Night Life,” to name just a few.  He was recognized with two Grammys – for Best Male Country Vocal Performance in 1971, and for Best Country Collaboration With Vocals with Nelson in 2008.  Price continued to record and perform well into his 80s and was even hoping to do upwards of 100 live dates after learning he had pancreatic cancer in November of 2012.  Ray Price ultimately died from the cancer on December 16, 2013.  He was 87.

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