The wide-range baritone of Ray Price has been entertaining country music fans since the late 1940s, when he began singing for KRBC in Abilene, Texas. In the early 1950s, this Perryville, Texas native moved to Music City, where he briefly lived with Hank Williams. After Williams’ death, Price began managing his own band, the Drifting Cowboys. In 1953, after the limited success of the Drifting Cowboys, he formed the Cherokee Cowboys, which included artists like Roger Miller, Willie Nelson, Van Howard and Johnny Bush. During this time, Price became a strong force of honky tonk music, though, in the 60s, he began experimenting with the Nashville sound, singing slower ballads and using more arrangements of strings and backup singers in his songs.
Throughout his career, Price has released more than fifty studio albums and over one hundred singles – nine of which have reached the top of the charts. He has found success with his RIAA certified Gold albums All Time Greatest Hits and San Antonio Rose, as well as his Platinum album For the Good Times. His singles have regularly reached the Top 10, including several of his Number One hits like “Crazy Arms,” “My Shoes Keep Walking Back to You,” “City Lights,” “The Same Old Me,” “For the Good Times” and “She’s Got to Be a Saint.”
Price has also received several honors in his career, including two Academy of Country Music awards in 1970 for Album of the Year and Single of the Year, a 1971 Country Music Association award for Album of the Year and two Grammy Awards for Best Male Country Vocal Performance for “For the Good Times” and for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals for “Lost Highway” with Willie Nelson. Price was also inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1996.
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