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Remembering Ray Price: A True Country Music Legend

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The country crooner known for his "country shuffle" definitely made his mark on music and is still a country favorite today...

Born mid-January 1926 in the small farming community of Peach, Texas, Ray Price began his early life seeking a career as a veterinarian and began attending North Texas Agricultural College. 

Following his service as a U.S. Marine during World War II, he returned to college and began to reconsider his career choice. While pondering what he really wanted to do, he performed around Texas at various functions and eventually landed him a singing spot on an ABC radio program Hillbilly Circus

Price began exploring a career as a country music artist and cut several demos while writing songs like "Give Me More, More, More Of Your Kisses" for Lefty Frizzell. In the 1950s, he moved to Nashville and became manager of Hank Williams' band when Williams passed away. This would lead Price to be a part of several bands and find success with several singles such as "Talk To Your Heart" and "Release Me". The famous "Ray Price Shuffle" was an arrangement of honky tonk music and debuted on "Crazy Arms" in 1956.

With a pioneering success in country music, successful singles staying at the top of the charts, and superb talent as a songwriter, Price began to pursue interests in a sub-genre of American country music called "Nashville sound". With this new type of slow ballad country music, he chartered new success with two hits: "Danny Boy" and "For The Good Times".

Ray Price continued to work on his albums with incredible dedication and passion until just before he passed away in 2013. In 2012, he confirmed he was battling cancer and had undergone chemotherapy. His career spanned nearly 60 years and had finalized his last album Beauty Is....The Final Sessions just two months before his passing on December 16th, 2013.  

He will always be remembered for his strong influence on country music and his amazing vocal talents.

R.I.P. Ray Price.  

LYRICS BELOW

Don't look so sad, I know it's over
But life goes on and this old world will keep on turning
Let's just be glad we had some time to spend together
There's no need to watch the bridges that we're burning

Lay your head upon my pillow
Hold your warm and tender body close to mine
Hear the whisper of the rain drops flowing soft against the window
And make believe you love me one more time
For the good times

I'll get along, you'll find another
And I'll be here if you should find you ever need me
Don't say a word about tomorrow or forever
There'll be time enough for sadness when you leave me

Lay your head upon my pillow
Hold your warm and tender body close to mine
Hear the whisper of the rain drops flowing soft against the window
And make believe you love me one more time
For the good times

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