Remembering Ray Price
Updated: Monday, December 16 2013, 11:12 PM CST
Country music hall of famer Ray Price died Monday afternoon at his home near Tyler, Texas. He had been battling pancreatic cancer for more than 2-years. Price, who's hits include: For the Good Times; Crazy Arms and Please Release me was a protege' and one time roommate in Nashville of Hank Williams Senior.
Ray Price is credited as the father of the Texas Shuffle, a four by four country rhythm with a walking baseline that continues to be a staple at country music dance clubs from Nashville to Fort Worth. Price is credited with being the first to record hit songs written by Willie Nelson, Roger Miller and Kris Kristopherson. Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard have both been quoted as saying they would not be in the hall of fame if not for Ray Price.
Price's wife of 45-years, Janie, was at his side when he passed away. A family spokesman shared Price's last thought for his fans. He urged them not to worry about him, saying he was a faithful man and he would see them again.
Ray Price was 87.