Ray Price (January 12, 1926 - December 16, 2013) was a highly acclaimed singer, songwriter, and guitarist considered to be among the best male country music singers. His 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.
Born Noble Ray Price in Perryville, TX, the country legend 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.
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- For The Good Times 1970
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