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Country music legend Ray Price leaving hospital for Mount Pleasant home, leaves final message...
KLTV ^ | Updated: Dec 12, 2013 12:02 PM | Marshall Stephen

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.


TOPICS: Music/Entertainment
KEYWORDS: cancer; countrymusic; countrywestern; fairwell; farewell; hospice; opus; rayprice; westernmusic

1 posted on 12/12/2013 12:22:33 PM PST by a fool in paradise
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To: a fool in paradise

His recent recordings have been quite good.


2 posted on 12/12/2013 12:23:35 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ray-Price/368389809921178


3 posted on 12/12/2013 12:24:11 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: a fool in paradise
God speed, Ray. May your time left be filled with family, friends and His love.


4 posted on 12/12/2013 12:25:14 PM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations - The acronym explains the science.)
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To: a fool in paradise
I don't know who Ray Price is, but that was a great farewell message - and God Bless him.
His eyes are focused on the right person and place.
5 posted on 12/12/2013 12:26:21 PM PST by El Cid (Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house...)
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6 posted on 12/12/2013 12:26:30 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: a fool in paradise

May God bless Ray and his family as he lives out his final days.


7 posted on 12/12/2013 12:27:23 PM PST by ScottinVA (Obama is so far in over his head, even his ears are beneath the water level.)
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To: El Cid
http://blog.wfmu.org/freeform/2012/01/ray-price.html

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
05. Pride
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!”

P 34. A Girl In The Night
8 posted on 12/12/2013 12:30:46 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: ScottinVA

Ray Price - For The Good Times


Don’t look so sad, I know it’s over
But life goes on and this old world will keep on turning
Let’s just be glad, we had some time to spend together


9 posted on 12/12/2013 12:32:37 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: a fool in paradise
Ray Price playlist
10 posted on 12/12/2013 12:33:31 PM PST by fella ("As it was before Noah so shall it be again,")
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To: a fool in paradise

For the Good Times:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1ZKIX0ICZo


11 posted on 12/12/2013 12:35:18 PM PST by JohnnyP
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To: JohnnyP

Beat me to it


12 posted on 12/12/2013 12:35:53 PM PST by JohnnyP
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To: a fool in paradise

“San Antonio Rose”

One of the best!


13 posted on 12/12/2013 12:37:25 PM PST by blue-duncan
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To: a fool in paradise

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.


14 posted on 12/12/2013 12:39:30 PM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: a fool in paradise

A few years ago I went to a concert in which Ray Price opened for Willie Nelson. His music and performance were very good.


15 posted on 12/12/2013 12:41:33 PM PST by grania
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To: a fool in paradise

now that’s the way a saint goes marchin’ in.

great music. i want to be in his number.


16 posted on 12/12/2013 12:41:49 PM PST by dadfly
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To: fatnotlazy
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."

This is how I want to go, when I do, unafraid, at peace, and victorious over sin and death, just as Jesus would want me to.

He came to give us Victory over Sin and Death.
17 posted on 12/12/2013 12:48:43 PM PST by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: grania

When Willie Nelson started out, he was in Ray’s band.


18 posted on 12/12/2013 12:50:04 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: dadfly

Heartaches by the number. Been on the air recently.


19 posted on 12/12/2013 12:50:13 PM PST by whitedog57 ( Cy)
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To: a fool in paradise

Prayers for him.


20 posted on 12/12/2013 12:52:23 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: SoConPubbie

THAT is an opus.


21 posted on 12/12/2013 12:52:59 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: El Cid

He’s a great singer. Watch this performance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1ZKIX0ICZo


22 posted on 12/12/2013 12:56:26 PM PST by Huntress ("Politicians exploit economic illiteracy." --Walter Williams)
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To: a fool in paradise
One More Time. I tear up just thinking about it.
23 posted on 12/12/2013 12:59:18 PM PST by HokieMom (Pacepa : Can the U.S. afford a president who can't recognize anti-Americanism?)
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To: a fool in paradise

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.


24 posted on 12/12/2013 1:02:20 PM PST by Fledermaus (If we here in TN can't get rid of the worthless Lamar, it's over.)
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To: Fledermaus
He's made his peace. He's grateful for where he's gotten and the support of friends/family/fans and doctors like Red Duke.


25 posted on 12/12/2013 1:03:53 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: a fool in paradise

God bless Ray Price and his family.


26 posted on 12/12/2013 1:09:17 PM PST by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: a fool in paradise

May God bless and comfort Mr. Price in these final days.


27 posted on 12/12/2013 1:18:15 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: a fool in paradise

For the good times ... Thanks Ray.


28 posted on 12/12/2013 1:20:28 PM PST by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: a fool in paradise

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!


29 posted on 12/12/2013 1:26:10 PM PST by high info voter
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To: high info voter
His recordings will live on. He accepts that. He feels rewarded that he was able to make a living his whole life doing what he enjoyed doing.

From his facebook wall (likely posted by his wife or son):


30 posted on 12/12/2013 1:34:12 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: a fool in paradise
Price was diagnosed in 2011 with pancreatic cancer ...

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.

31 posted on 12/12/2013 1:39:30 PM PST by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: a fool in paradise
THAT is a wonderful testimony to one's faith in Jesus Christ.

;-)

32 posted on 12/12/2013 1:41:45 PM PST by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: a fool in paradise
Having lived my entire life in New England I know almost nothing about C&W...it's not big up here at all and,as far as I know,never has been.But “For The Good Times” was a pretty big hit even here and I quite like it.That's basically all I know about Mr Price.
33 posted on 12/12/2013 1:42:00 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (Osama Obama Care: A Religion That Will Have You On Your Knees!)
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To: a fool in paradise

God be with Ray Price.


34 posted on 12/12/2013 1:47:44 PM PST by onedoug
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To: SoConPubbie

+1.

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.


35 posted on 12/12/2013 2:34:13 PM PST by VideoPaul
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To: El Cid

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.


36 posted on 12/12/2013 4:05:25 PM PST by Sequoyah101
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To: a fool in paradise

Ping


37 posted on 12/12/2013 8:05:23 PM PST by vetvetdoug
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To: a fool in paradise
I first saw Ray Price singing at Memo's Restaurant in Del Rio, Texas. Blonde Calderon was Ray's Bandleader from 1967 until around 2000 when he passed away. Memo's was Blonde's restaurant in Del Rio. Ray and Blonde will be in heaven together in the near future.

Ray Price's music sustained me many a lonely night while I was alone in the barracks while in the USAF.

38 posted on 12/12/2013 8:12:06 PM PST by vetvetdoug
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To: vetvetdoug

My mom’s uncle was stationed in Del Rio in the Coast Guard a long time ago. In the 30s.


39 posted on 12/12/2013 8:27:26 PM PST by Lurkina.n.Learnin (This is not just stupid, we're talking Democrat stupid here.)
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To: Sequoyah101

What year was that?


40 posted on 12/16/2013 4:08:31 AM PST by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Þ)
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To: Sequoyah101

What year was that?


41 posted on 12/16/2013 12:57:33 PM PST by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Þ)
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To: BykrBayb

94


42 posted on 12/16/2013 1:05:43 PM PST by Sequoyah101
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To: Sequoyah101

Wasn’t there a US ban on travel to Vietnam at that time?


43 posted on 12/16/2013 1:29:06 PM PST by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Þ)
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