Country Music Hall of Famer Ray Price has passed away after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 87.
Price was instrumental in two of the most significant historical periods in country music, leading the way in both the twin fiddle-dominated honky-tonk of the 1950’s and the Nashville Sound pop crossover sound in the 1970’s. While it was the former style that was dubbed the “Ray Price Shuffle”, it was the latter style that brought his greatest commercial success.
A touring artist well into his eighties, Price also recorded music right up until his illness, winning a Grammy in 2008 for his collaboration with fellow legend Willie Nelson.
This tremendous loss joins George Jones, Jack Clement, and Jack Greene in the ranks of country music legends who have passed away this year. 2013 also brought the tragic death of Mindy McCready, the near death scare for Randy Travis, and the heartbreaking news that Linda Ronstadt has lost her voice to Parkinson’s. For country music fans, 2014 cannot come soon enough.
Enjoy two classic Ray Price hits below, one from each of his definitive eras:
“For the Good Times”