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Country Legend Ray Price Has Died

Michael Oches, Archive

What started off as a bit of confusion has now been confirmed, country legend Ray Price has died.

According to KUSA Channel 9 in Denver, Colorado, Ray Price’s son was informed yesterday of his father’s death, and immediately sent out a tweet, which several news sources reported of his father’s death.  However, apparently someone gave Ray’s son the wrong information, so he took down the tweet, but now it has now been officially confirmed that Ray Price has died.

Ray was one of country music’s biggest legends, who managed to have more than 100 songs on the charts.  He also had connections to other legends, being one of the last living connections to Hank Williams Senior.

He was in and out of the hospital over complications with cancer, and was just released from the East Texas Medical Center in Tyler Texas.  According to hospital reports, Ray Price was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2011, which later spread to his liver, lungs and intestines.

He was once known as one of the original inventors of country music’s honky- tonk sound, but later developed a more smooth, velvety sound which was evident in one of his biggest hits penned by Kris Kristofferson, “For The Good Times,”a major hit on both the pop and country charts.    His success started to emerge in 1950’s, and he had more than 100 songs on the Billboard charts clear through 1989.  Many of his country hits include “Crazy Arms,” “Heartaches By The Number,” “Release Me,” among  many others.

He was inducted into the Country Music Hall Of Fame in 1996, and his passing is felt my many country artists who regard Ray as a major musical influence.   Ray Price was 87.





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