Skip to comments.Country music legend Ray Price leaving hospital for Mount Pleasant home, leaves final message...
Posted on 12/12/2013 12:22:32 PM PST by a fool in paradise
From East Texas Medical Center:
Country Music Hall of Fame member and American country music singer Ray Price, 87, plans to leave East Texas Medical Center in Tyler today to go to his home in Mt. Pleasant for home hospice care.
Price was diagnosed in 2011 with pancreatic cancer, and despite aggressive treatment, the cancer has recently spread to his liver, intestines and now his lungs. He has been in and out of hospital care for the past few months and was recently readmitted with complications. Price and his wife of 45 years, Janie, have decided to not pursue any further aggressive treatment.
"Ray is alert and aware of his surroundings and making decisions," said Janie. "With God's blessing he has not had extreme pain. But it's with great sadness that I announce to you today that my beloved husband has entered the final stages of his cancer that he has battled for 25 months. Anyone who knows Ray is aware that he has strong convictions and great faith in God. It's his decision to leave the hospital and return home to spend his final days on his beloved ranch surrounded by the comfort of his home, family and friends."
Price wanted to give a final message to his fans. "I love my fans and have devoted my life to reaching out to them. I appreciate their support all these years and I hope I haven't let them down. I am at peace. I love Jesus. I'm going to be just fine. Don't worry about me. I'll see you again one day."
Janie thanks the fans for all of their love and messages and wanted to let the fans know the best way to send them a note is on their Facebook page or you can mail a card to:
Ray Price, P.O. Box 1986, Mt. Pleasant, TX 75456.
Price performed his last show this year in May. He has a new CD coming out and several tribute shows were already being planned to celebrate his career. One is set for Feb. 12 in Nashville.
His recent recordings have been quite good.
May God bless Ray and his family as he lives out his final days.
P 34. A Girl In The Night
If you're not familiar with sound of a Ray Price shuffle here's a sterling example, Heart Over Mind, recorded in 1961.
Ray Price - Heart Over Mind (2:42)
Price's 1956 recording of Crazy Arms was the first time this developing sound was fully realized on record and it was his first #1 hit, spending an incredible 45 weeks on Billboard's Country chart. No doubt this was a huge influence on his decision to move further and further in this direction in the years to come.
One of the instantly recognizable trademarks of so many of Price's classic shuffle beat songs is the 3 bold and ringing fiddle notes (duh-duh-duh) from the instrument of ace session man Tommy Jackson that kick off so many of them.
This point was driven home to me many years ago when I was over at my pal Derek's house while he was listening to his newly acquired prize possession, Bear Family's 10 disc box set of Ray Price material that covered pretty much everything he recorded up until Danny Boy (1966), which was a pivotal event in his decision to shift to a more pop-oriented sound that would bring him numerous hits over the next decade, including Help Me Make It Through The Night and For The Good Times. Derek mentioned how frequently this intro was used and to illustrate his point, he began jumping from track to track on one of the discs and I was dumbfounded by just how many of them started with the exciting duh-duh-duh fiddle notes. It should be noted here that many of Price's recordings from this era begin with a loping steel guitar rather than the fiddle sound to which I've become addicted...
01. Crazy Arms
02. City Lights
03. Heartaches By The Number
04. Same Old Me
06. Wall Of Tears
07. One More Time
08. My Shoes Keep Walking Back To You
09. Kissing Your Picture (Is So Cold)
10. Go Away
11. Walk Me To The Door
12. All Right (I'll Sign The Papers)
13. Swingin’ Doors
14. I've Still Got Room For One More Heartache
15. A Way To Free Myself From You
16. Imagination's A Wonderful Thing
17. Who Will Be The First
18. I Wish I Could Fall In Love Today
19. I'm Not Crazy Yet
20. Rose Colored Glasses
21. Whose Heart Are You Breaking Now
22. You Don't Love Me (But I'll Always Care)
23. Too Much Love Is Spoiling You
24. Too Late
25. I Don't Know Why I Keep Loving You
26. The Other Woman
27. You Don't Care What Happens To Me
28. Hang Your Head In Shame
29. Don't You Ever Get Tired Of Hurting Me
30. San Antonio Rose
31. I've Just Destroyed The World
32. There’ll Be No Teardrops Tonight
33. Heart Over Mind
34. A Girl In The Night
35. If She Could See Me Now
36. I Want To Hear It From You
37. Touch My Heart
38. Take These Chains From My Heart
39. Please Talk To My Heart
40. Time Changes Everything
41. Take Back Your Old Love Letters
42. Take Me As I Am Or Let Me Go
43. My Confession
44. The Kind Of Love I Can't Forget
Every once in a great while, I'll run into someone who hears the definitive Ray Price shuffle beat and moans, “Man, all that stuff sounds the same” to which my reply is a genuine “I know...that's what I like about it, too!”
Ray Price - For The Good Times
For the Good Times:
Beat me to it
“San Antonio Rose”
One of the best!
Was surprised to see him perform a couple of tunes live maybe 4 or so years ago. Thought he had retired. But his voice, though not as strong due to age, still sounded sweet. God bless him on his journey home.
A few years ago I went to a concert in which Ray Price opened for Willie Nelson. His music and performance were very good.
now that’s the way a saint goes marchin’ in.
great music. i want to be in his number.
When Willie Nelson started out, he was in Ray’s band.
Heartaches by the number. Been on the air recently.
Prayers for him.
THAT is an opus.
He’s a great singer. Watch this performance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1ZKIX0ICZo
Wow. My parents had a couple of his albums when I was a kid.
Frankly, I didn’t know he was still alive. He looked old to me way back then!
God Bless Ray Price and his family.
God bless Ray Price and his family.
May God bless and comfort Mr. Price in these final days.
For the good times ... Thanks Ray.
What a great voice that will soon be lost to us.....Thanks Ray. Oh and what a wonderful addition to the heavenly choir he’ll make!
From his facebook wall (likely posted by his wife or son):
The fact that he survived pancreatic cancer for 25 months (and counting) puts him in a very, very small minority of people.
Typically by the time pancreatic cancer is discovered its victim usually only has months to live.
My Sister in Law was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer in 2008. She was initially given three months to live. She survived fifteen months.
One of my aunts was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer last year, she survived six months.
My mother was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer last December just after Christmas. She survived about 4 months.
It's a rare person who makes it 25 months.
God be with Ray Price.
I hope I have the faith and class to go out like that. That is a man truly at peace. May we all find that in our final days.
Ray Price is one of the greatest singers that ever lived. He made smooth and silky effortless. Ray has kept me awake on more than one long drive while I sang along as best I could.
I was in Vietnam with a driver who was listening to some junk on a CD. I pulled a CD of Ray out of my folio, days before mpg and all that, and told him to slide that in the stereo. Ray boomed out with “Heartaches by the Number” and the guys face burst into a wide smile. “American cowboy music!” He listened and tried his best to sing along. I like to think that for a long time after that a hire car made the rounds in Siagon with Ray belting out great tunes.
He is an outstanding entertainer of many, many decades and by all accounts a fine man.
Ray Price and The Cherokee Cowboys. Check him out on You tube.
Ray Price's music sustained me many a lonely night while I was alone in the barracks while in the USAF.
My mom’s uncle was stationed in Del Rio in the Coast Guard a long time ago. In the 30s.
What year was that?
What year was that?
Wasn’t there a US ban on travel to Vietnam at that time?
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