December 22, 2013 by Amy Gold
During the week of December 15, 2013, the world mourned the passing of country legend Ray Price (see video below).
Also that week, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees for 2014 were announced. Congratulations go to KISS, Cat Stevens, Linda Ronstadt, Brian Epstein, the E Street Band, Daryl Hall and John Oates, Nirvana, Peter Gabriel, and Andrew Loog Oldham.
Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson, and Willie Nelson are among those who will be performing at the upcoming Grammys this January which will be broadcast live on CBS. Foreigner announced tour dates for 2014 in the U.S. and Europe. Also, KISS co-founder Paul Stanley will be publishing a book about his years with the famed rock band which due out next April.
December 16, 2013: Ray Price Passes Away
Country legend Ray Price died on December 16, 2013 at age 87 at his home in Mt. Pleasant, TX after battling pancreatic cancer. Considered to be among the best male country music singers, Price's many hits included his signature song, "For The Good Times," a country-pop crossover hit for which Price was awarded a Grammy in 1971 for Best Country Vocal Performance.
He was born Noble Ray Price in Perryville, TX on January 12, 1926. After serving in the Marines from 1944-1946, Price began his career in the late 1940s singing on the radio for KRBC in Abilene, TX and the Big D Jamboree in Dallas. He moved to Nashville in the early 1950s and signed with Columbia Records in 1951. In 1953, Price formed the Cherokee Cowboys whose members in the late 1950s-early 1960s included future country stars Roger Miller, Willie Nelson, and Johnny Paycheck. In the late 1950s, he became famous for the "Ray Price Shuffle," a 4/4 honky tonk music arrangement with a walking bass. During the 1960s, Price style gradually changed to lushly orchestrated slow ballads.
Price had his first hit on the Country charts in 1952 with "Talk To Your Heart" which was followed by a long string of hits through 1989 that also included the chart-toppers "Crazy Arms" (1956), "My Shoes Keep Walking Back To You" (1957), "City Lights" (1958), "The Same Old Me" (1959), "For The Good Times" (1970), "I Won't Mention It Again" (1971), "She's Got To Be A Saint" (1972), and "You're The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me" (1973) which became a pop hit in 1974 for Gladys Knight and the Pips.
A long-time member of the Grand Ole Opry, Price's numerous honors and accolades also included being elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1996. He continued to perform and record through 2007 when he made his final album, "Last Of The Breed," with Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard. Among this album's tracks are the song, "Lost Highway," which earned Willie Nelson and Ray Price a Grammy in 2008 for Best Country Collaboration With Vocals.
December 16, 2013: Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductees Announced
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees for 2014 have been announced, and they are as follows: KISS, Cat Stevens, Linda Ronstadt, Brian Epstein, the E Street Band, Daryl Hall and John Oates, Nirvana, Peter Gabriel, and Andrew Loog Oldham. The ceremonies will take place on April 10, 2014 at Brooklyn's Barclays Center and will be shown on HBO in May. Tickets will go on sale this January.
December 17, 2013: KISS Co-Founder Paul Stanley To Publish Memoir
KISS co-founder Paul Stanley will be publishing a book about his years with the famed rock band titled "Face the Music: A Life Exposed." This book, which is scheduled to be released on April 22, 2014, will include rare photos and stories about Stanley's wild times with KISS.
December 19, 2013: Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson To Perform At Grammys
Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson, and Willie Nelson are among those scheduled to perform at Music's Biggest Night for the upcoming 56th Annual Grammy Awards. This show will take place on January 26, 2014 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast live on CBS.
December 20, 2013: Foreigner Announces Tour Dates For 2014
Foreigner has announced dates for 44 shows in 2014 in the U.S. and Europe. The tour is set to kick off on January 31, 2014 in Valley Center, CA, and will wrap up on November 4, 2014 in Berlin, Germany.