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Ray Price Biography

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Birth Name: Ray Price
Born: 1926/01/12
Birth Place: Perryville, Texas, U.S.
Years Active: 1948-present
Genres: Country, Western Swing

Ray Price was born on January 12, 1926 in Perryville, Texas and is a country music singer, songwriter and guitarist. Price is best known for his hit songs, which include “Release Me,” “Crazy Arms,” “My Shoes Keep Walking Back to You,” “You're the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me” and “Danny Boy.” Price was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1996 and got his start in music in 1948 when he landed the job singing for KRBC in Abilene, Texas. A year later, Price had joined Big D Jamboree in Dallas before relocating to Nashville in 1950, where he befriended Hank Williams. After Williams' death, Price managed his band, the Drifting Cowboys, before forming his own band, the Cherokee Cowboys, in 1953.

Price's band went through a number of line-up changes over the next decade with the band consisting of Roger Miller, Willie Nelson, Darrell McCall, Johnny Paycheck and Johnny Bush at various times. Miller wrote the 1958 hit, “Invitation to the Blues, “and Nelson composed “Night Life.” Price was at the forefront of the 1950s honky tonk music movement, with hit songs such as “Talk To Your Heart” appearing in 1952. Price went on to develop a technique that became known in the media as the “Ray Price Shuffle,” which was an arrangement of honky tonk music with a walking bass line. As the 1960s rolled around, Price began to incorporate what was known at the time as the “Nashville Sound” into his music. His 1967 rendition of “Danny Boy” showcased his new musical direction.

1970 saw Price land his first #1 Country music hit single, “For the Good Times,” which was written by Kris Kristofferson, and also crossed over to the mainstream pop charts. Price amassed three more #1 hit singles on the Country Music Charts during the 1970s: “I Won't Mention It Again,” “She's Got To Be A Saint,” and “You're the Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me.” Prices' last Top Ten hit, “Diamonds In The Stars” emerged in 1982. Price continued to maintain moderate success throughout the 1980s and 1990s. By the time the 2000s rolled around, Price had turned his attentions toward gospel music, recording such hits as: “Amazing Grace,” and “What A Friend We Have In Jesus.”

Price continued to perform through to the late 2000s, with 2007 marking the release of his album, “Last of the Breed” featuring Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard on Lost Highway Records. The trio toured the U.S in support of the album. 2009 brought a performance on the Fox News show 'Huckabee,' with the Cherokee Cowboys and a concert performance with Willie Nelson.