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Country Singer Ray Price Dead at 87
AP via ABCNEWS ^ | 12/16/13 | AP

Posted on 12/16/2013 3:49:35 PM PST by Doogle

Ray Price, one of country music's most popular and influential singers and bandleaders who had more than 100 hits and was one of the last living connections to Hank Williams, died Monday. He was 87.

Price died Monday afternoon at his ranch outside Mount Pleasant, said Billy Mack Jr., who was acting as a family spokesman. Billie Perryman, the wife of family friend and spokesman Tom Perryman, a DJ with KKUS-FM in Tyler, also confirmed his death.

Price was discharged last week from the East Texas Medical Center in Tyler, where he had been in and out in recent months as he was treated for cancer and its complications. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2011 and it has recently spread to his liver, intestines and lungs, the hospital said.

Perhaps best known for his version of the Kris Kristofferson song "For the Good Times," a pop hit in 1970, the velvet-voiced Price was a giant among traditional country performers in the 1950s, '60s and '70s, as likely to defy a trend as he was to defend one. He helped invent the genre's honky-tonk sound early in his career, then took it in a more polished direction.

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RIP
1 posted on 12/16/2013 3:49:35 PM PST by Doogle
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To: Doogle

Dang, we are losing icons so quickly.

And there are NO replacements.

RIP Ray!

And prayers for the family.


2 posted on 12/16/2013 3:50:40 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Fight Tapinophobia in all its forms! Do not submit to arduus privilege.)
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To: Doogle

...For the Good Times...grew up with it on WHDH...


3 posted on 12/16/2013 3:51:07 PM PST by MSF BU (n)
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To: MSF BU

...was just listening to it..


4 posted on 12/16/2013 3:55:03 PM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Doogle

RIP ... memories of family surrounding a vacuum tube radio are recalled and a particular time when I was 14 and stranded in the middle of nowhere.


5 posted on 12/16/2013 3:56:50 PM PST by ConservativeInPA (We need to fundamentally transform RATs lives for their lies.)
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To: Doogle

RIP


6 posted on 12/16/2013 3:57:11 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: Doogle
Several of the classics in music and movies have gone in the last few days.

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
There's no need to watch the bridges
That we're burning

7 posted on 12/16/2013 3:57:24 PM PST by TomGuy (.)
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To: Doogle

Another great one gone.

RIP Mr. Price.


8 posted on 12/16/2013 3:57:29 PM PST by mojito (Zero, our Nero.)
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To: freedumb2003
Bad enough to die.

Dying so late in the tax year must really suck.

My late father-in-law held on until January 1rst.

He died with a smile on his face.

9 posted on 12/16/2013 3:57:40 PM PST by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: Doogle

Price was among the man talents I grew up listening to. My parents were big fans. RIP.


10 posted on 12/16/2013 3:59:43 PM PST by South40 (Liberalism is a Disease)
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To: MSF BU

Love that song.


11 posted on 12/16/2013 4:01:00 PM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: MSF BU

Burning Memories.


12 posted on 12/16/2013 4:01:26 PM PST by billhilly (Has Pelosi read it yet?)
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To: Doogle

I read yesterday he was dead only to be updated that he was alive. Is he really dead this time around??


13 posted on 12/16/2013 4:01:35 PM PST by minnesota_bound
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To: Doogle

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ouu9M_ZNQ48


14 posted on 12/16/2013 4:02:18 PM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: Doogle
RIP Mr. Price

A great talent in country and pop music.

The History Of Country Music 07 Ray Price

15 posted on 12/16/2013 4:03:44 PM PST by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: Doogle

Loved him and his music.


16 posted on 12/16/2013 4:04:10 PM PST by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: Doogle

God rest his soul and give comfort to his family.


17 posted on 12/16/2013 4:04:29 PM PST by Dacula
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To: Doogle

Ray sings “City Lights” live on Play It Again Nashville in 1985.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2_bugvByl4


18 posted on 12/16/2013 4:04:36 PM PST by mojito (Zero, our Nero.)
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To: South40

RIP. I liked his early Honkey Tonk stuff, but really disliked the “smooth” style he adapted after Chet Atkins created the much maligned “Nashville Sound.” Anita Kerr singers and violins instead of steel guitars and fiddles.


19 posted on 12/16/2013 4:04:40 PM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: hosepipe

For The Good Times

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


20 posted on 12/16/2013 4:04:51 PM PST by John W (Viva Cristo Rey!)
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To: billhilly

I can vividly remember listening to Ray Price in the 1960s when he started using violins, and not fiddles on his recordings. I remember one specific occasion where the DJ was introducing one of his songs and he said, “Here’s Ray Price and a football field full of violins with his new song.” I don’t remember which song it was but will never forget the impression it left.


21 posted on 12/16/2013 4:06:02 PM PST by billhilly (Has Pelosi read it yet?)
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To: Doogle

My favorite Ray Price song is “Crazy Arms”.


22 posted on 12/16/2013 4:08:11 PM PST by 04-Bravo
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To: Chode

ping


23 posted on 12/16/2013 4:10:15 PM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Doogle

...just think..a penny for every Ray Price tune to play on the radio in tractor rigs going across country over the years....*smiles*.....we lose another


24 posted on 12/16/2013 4:13:34 PM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Doogle; Allegra; big'ol_freeper; Lil'freeper; shove_it; TrueKnightGalahad; Cincinatus' Wife; ...
So many memories:

"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
There's no need to watch the bridges that we're burning

Lay your head, upon my pillow
Hold your warm and tender body close to mine
Hear the whisper of the raindrops blowing soft against the window
And make believe you love me, one more time, for the good times

I'll get along, you'll find another, and I'll be here
If you should find, you ever need me
Don't say a word about tomorrow, or forever
There’ll be time enough for sadness, when you leave me

Lay your head, upon my pillow
Hold your warm and tender body close to mine
Hear the whisper of the raindrops blowing soft against the window
And make believe you love me, one more time, for the good times

"You're The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me"

I've had my share of life's ups and downs
But fate's been kind, the downs have been few
I guess you could say that I've been lucky
And I guess you could say, it's all because of you

If anyone should ever write my life story
For whatever reason there might be
You'd be there between each line of pain and glory
‘Cause you're the best thing that ever happened to me
You're the best thing that ever happened to me

Oh, there have been times when the times were so hard
But somehow, some way I'd made it through
And for every moment I've spent hurting
There's been moments spent loving you

If anyone should ever write my life story
For whatever reason there might be
You'd be there between each line of pain and glory
‘Cause you're the best thing that ever happened to me
You're the best thing that ever happened to me

"Danny Boy"

Oh, Danny Boy
The pipes, the pipes are callin’
From Glen to Glen
And down the mountain side

The summer's gone
And all the roses fallin’
It's you, it's you
Must go and I must bide

Oh, Danny Boy, oh, Danny Boy
The pipes are callin’
From Glen to Glen
And even down the mountain side

The summer's gone
And all the roses fallin’
It's you, it's you
Must go and I, I must bide

Well come on back
When summer's in the meadow
When the valleys hushed
And even white with snow

Hey, I'll be there in sunshine
Or in shadows
Oh, Danny Boy, oh, Danny Boy
I love you so

Oh, Danny Boy, oh, Danny Boy
The pipes are callin’
From Glen to Glen
And even down the mountain side

The summer's gone
And all the roses fallin’
It's you, it's you
Must go and I must bide

Well come on back
When summer's in the meadow
When that valley's hushed
And even white with snow

Hey, I'll be there in sunshine
Or in shadows
Hey, Danny Boy, oh, Danny Boy
I love you so

Oh, Danny Boy, oh, Danny Boy
I love you so
Oh, Danny Boy, oh, Danny Boy
I love you so

Bye Ray, see you down the pike—

25 posted on 12/16/2013 4:14:05 PM PST by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: Doogle

Rest in peace.


26 posted on 12/16/2013 4:14:41 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra
Just inducted into the Country Music Hall Of Fame earlier this year.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQy7MkZahOI

27 posted on 12/16/2013 4:24:19 PM PST by South40 (Liberalism is a Disease)
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To: Doogle
I did not realize he had such a hand in the direction of country music. I picked up this paragraph from his bio:

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 and Johnny Bush, Buddy Emmons, Pete Wade, Jan Kurtis, Shorty Lavender and Buddy Spicher.

28 posted on 12/16/2013 4:25:06 PM PST by oldbrowser ("From each according to their ability, to each according to their needs" .....Marx)
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To: Doogle

Heartsick.


29 posted on 12/16/2013 4:25:15 PM PST by SaintDismas
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To: Doogle
RIP...
30 posted on 12/16/2013 4:45:51 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: Bender2

Thank you. Just. Thank you.


31 posted on 12/16/2013 4:51:31 PM PST by spankalib ("I freed a thousand slaves. I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.")
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To: Doogle
Rest in peace Mr. Price

Ray Price & Roger Miller - Invitation to the blues

32 posted on 12/16/2013 4:53:15 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: All

He was once asked why he didn’t get the old band back together to include Willie Nelson, Johnny Paycheck and Roger Miller. His response was “I can’t afford them.” I believe Johnny Bush may have been in his band at one time, too. (For those who don’t know, Johnny Bush was the first to do “Whiskey River”. Not Willie.)

That 4/4 shuffle, which is now consider neccessary to do the Texas Two-Step, is what I used to call “South Texas” style music. The great ones start out with the fiddle for a few notes then the other instruments come in.

Ray will be missed. He was the greatest.


33 posted on 12/16/2013 4:54:53 PM PST by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: oldbrowser

Johnny Bush played about a mile from my house last summer and the date slipped by and I missed it. He’s one of favorites. WHISKEY RIVER!


34 posted on 12/16/2013 4:58:22 PM PST by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: Doogle; a fool in paradise

He’s the first of the next three.


35 posted on 12/16/2013 5:00:02 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Doogle
Peter O'Toole died too, and he had some vices.

Having said that, I just finished listening to the duet album with him and Willie Nelson.

Nothing better.

36 posted on 12/16/2013 5:03:23 PM PST by elkfersupper
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To: Liberty Valance

Ray Price & Willie Nelson - Faded Love

37 posted on 12/16/2013 5:11:19 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra
RIP. I liked his early Honkey Tonk stuff, but really disliked the “smooth” style he adapted after Chet Atkins created the much maligned “Nashville Sound.” Anita Kerr singers and violins instead of steel guitars and fiddles.

Ditto!


38 posted on 12/16/2013 5:24:57 PM PST by Fiji Hill (Fight on!!)
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To: billorites
My late father-in-law held on until January 1st

had an uncle who was dancin with the love of his life to Auld Lang Syne...maybe 5 minutes into the New Year in 2001 down in The Villages, man was 80 years young and wearing a tux for the evening....started going down in her arms, they say he never made it to the floor...

39 posted on 12/16/2013 5:24:57 PM PST by sternup
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To: Doogle

Ray was for the ages. He could sing anything, and he did. I loved evrything he did, don’t think he ever made a bad recording. The world is definitely a bleaker place without this classy, elegant man in it.


40 posted on 12/16/2013 5:39:35 PM PST by smalltownslick
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To: Doogle

“Don’t look so sad,

I know it’s over....”

Rest in Peace.


41 posted on 12/16/2013 5:48:42 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: smalltownslick

“Ray was for the ages. He could sing anything, and he did. I loved evrything he did, don’t think he ever made a bad recording. The world is definitely a bleaker place without this classy, elegant man in it.”

Well said.


42 posted on 12/16/2013 6:00:58 PM PST by billhilly (Has Pelosi read it yet?)
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To: Doogle

Great singer. He made this world a better place through his incredibly great music. There will never be another like him.


43 posted on 12/16/2013 6:09:38 PM PST by lakecumberlandvet (Appeasement never works.)
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To: MSF BU

I always preferred the Homer & Jethro parody version - “Fer the Good Times”


44 posted on 12/16/2013 6:15:24 PM PST by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Still bitterly clinging to rational thought despite it's unfashionability)
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To: South40

He was inducted in the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1996.

He was a great singer, one of the last remaining connections to the great Hank Williams. They were friends and after Hank died Ray tried to sound like him. Then 10 years later that god-awful Nashville Sound ruined country music. Ray could sing it with the best of them, but I am a honky tonk fan.
RIP Ray Price, who was also a WW2 veteran.


45 posted on 12/16/2013 6:33:36 PM PST by NKP_Vet ("God never tires of forgiving us, we are the ones who tire of seeking his mercy" - Pope Francis)
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To: elkfersupper

Billy Jack passed away yesterday also.


46 posted on 12/16/2013 6:34:51 PM PST by NKP_Vet ("God never tires of forgiving us, we are the ones who tire of seeking his mercy" - Pope Francis)
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To: Liberty Valance

This old man can’t listen to this version of Faded Love without this tearing up. Wish Ray had sang it by himself. Not a Willie fan.


47 posted on 12/16/2013 6:37:11 PM PST by NKP_Vet ("God never tires of forgiving us, we are the ones who tire of seeking his mercy" - Pope Francis)
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To: billhilly

A football field of violins... if only there were honest DJs these days.


48 posted on 12/16/2013 7:06:38 PM PST by Rodamala
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To: Doogle

One of the smoothest singers ever. Somewhere there is an old Waylon song where he sings about listening to “Ray Price gold”. That’s what I say every time I play a Ray Price CD or album.

R.I.P. Ray.


49 posted on 12/16/2013 7:18:27 PM PST by Dartman (CDN PM Stephen Harper may not be perfect, but we don't have to be ashamed or embarassed of him.)
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To: Rodamala

It was a metaphor, not a literal statement. It was also during the 1960s.


50 posted on 12/16/2013 7:21:14 PM PST by billhilly (Has Pelosi read it yet?)
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