Although the legendary Ray Price has passed away, fans and friends alike will continue to fondly remember him and the impact he made on country music. Fellow crooner Merle Haggard remembers Price as "the first outlaw."
Reports of Country Music Hall of Famer Ray Price's death are premature, as the singer's wife shared that he is "still with us" in a message posted a few minutes after 4PM CT on Sunday (Dec. 15).
If you've been paying attention we've been killing Country Music for decades yet the genre has never been stronger. Years ago Ray Price was going to ruin the Nashville sound and Charlie Rich literally tried to burn the entertainer of the year in effigy on live TV. This grand lady that is country music has big arms that are wide open for anyone that wants to share their interpretation of three chords and the truth.
If Blake Shelton really wants to make up for his recent comments about classic country fans being "old farts," it looks like he's going to have the chance. The reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year has been offered a gig opening for country legend Ray Price, who publicly took him to task after his comments went viral.
It was on this date in 1926 country crooner Ray Price was born in Perryville, Texas. Nicknamed the "Cherokee Cowboy," Price aided in the growth of the country shuffle and the use of recorded strings.
Country legend Ray Price has confirmed he's been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. The 86-year-old Country Music Hall of Famer says he has been undergoing chemotherapy for six months and is encouraged by the results.