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Ray Price Dead at 87

Ray Price Dead at 87

Ray Price photo by Donn Jones, courtesy of the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum.

Great American Country extends condolences to the family, friends and fans of Country Music Hall of Fame member Ray Price, who died today at the age of 87 of complications from pancreatic cancer at his home in Mt. Pleasant, Texas. Family spokesman Bill Mack, a Texas Country Music Hall of Fame disc jockey, released this statement on his Facebook page at the instruction of Ray’s wife, Janie.

Ray Price left for Heaven at 4:43 p.m. Central Time. He went in perfect peace. Details later. Janie and the family so grateful for your prayers. Ray’s body will be received at Restland Funeral Home in Dallas.

Although Hank Williams was an early mentor, Price notably invented his own signature sound with the country shuffle, racking up hits including the iconic 1956 shuffle, “Crazy Arms.” Ray later infused his recordings with blues and jazz influences and even added strings to his songs. Other classic Price hits include “City Lights,” “My Shoes Keep Walking Back To You,” “Heartaches By The Number” and “For The Good Times.”

Read a detailed look back at Price’s impressive career in The Tennessean >>

In late 2012, Price announced he had pancreatic cancer but he never stopped touring and recording. When George Jones died in April 2013, Price commented on the state of country music.

“The door to an era in time is slowly closing,” he said. “With only a handful of us left standing, the country music I knew and loved has also passed away. It is my great hope that the younger generation of singers will remember all of us from that time and carry on.”


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