Ray Noble Price
Born: January 12, 1926 in Perryville, Texas
Ray Price is 82 and is now in his seventh decade of being a country music performer. He is only about three months from performing in eight different decades. He will be 83 in January.
Price was as country as you could get early in his career when he sang such hits as Crazy Arms which was his first No.1 single in 1956. His next No.1 single would be My Shoes Keep Walking Back To You which reached the top of the charts in 1957.
Then in 1957 City Lights (a personal favorite) went to No.1 in 1958. Then in 1959 for the fourth straight year Price had a No. 1 hit in Same Old Me. It would be his last No.1 hit till he recorded For the Good Times which reached No.1 in 1970.
Grazin in Greener Pastures’ also was a No. 1 song in 1970 but it must have been the flip side of For the Good Times since I don’t even remember that song.
By then Price had switched to a more sophisticated urbane sound that was more refined with more orchestration. For the second time in his career he would chart No.1 singles in four straight years.
In 1971 I Won’t Mention It Again went to No.1 followed by She’s Got to be a Saint in 1972. It was a song with a great story and is worth listening to if you get the chance.
He reached the top of the Country Singles chart in 1973 with You’re the Best Thing That Happened to Me. That would be the last No. 1 song for Price but 36 years later he is still going strong. He has appeared in concert with Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard several times recently.
After switching to using violins instead of fiddles with his new sound Price was caught in the middle of having some of his traditional country fans not happy with the change. On the other hand he was winning new fans that liked his more polished sound.
In my book Ray Price was always great whether singing traditional country music or crooning with an orchestra backing him.
Ray singing My Shoes Keep Walking Back To You.
Ray singing City Lights which was written by Bill Anderson.
Ray singing his No.1 hit For The Good Times.
Ray singing She’s Got To Be A Saint with only audio but the words are so good that is what matters the most.
Ray singing the country and western swing classic San Antonio Rose.
This is Ray singing two of his early hits Crazy Arms and Heartaches By The Number in a more recent concert.
It is amazing that after 60 years of singing that Ray Price is still active today at the age of 82 with his 83rd birthday on the horizon.
Watching the videos of the older Price show that he still has a strong voice and sings with the same passion he sang with back in the 1940’s.
My mind is flooded with memories of of the traditional country music of the 50’s and 60’s and those memories have came alive watching the videos of Price over the years in this post.