The two unlikely duet partners were paired up for a CMT Crossroads episode on Dec 6, 2002. Ray was frail, but still singing with tons of energy! Unfortunately, he passed away on June 10, 2004 from acute liver disease.
Tritt wanted to honor his friend at his Grand Ole Opry performance a few days after Ray's passing. He performed Ray's version of "Georgia On my Mind" while sitting on a stool. He embodied the legendary soul singer so well, he even sounds like him!
The audience definitely could feel Ray's presence, and gave Tritt a standing ovation after the performance.
Ray had to be smiling down on Travis, who honored him so well. Watch the incredible performance below.
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