Management


Lytle Management Group
P.O. Box 128228
Nashville, TN 37212
Contact Sarah Brosmer
Telephone 615-770-2688

Bookings



Battle Artist Agency
8887 Horton Highway,
College Grove, TN
Contact Rob Battle
office: 615-368-7433
mobile: 615-957-3444

Adkins Publicity

Exclusive PR / Publicity Representation of Gene Watson / Contact Scott Adkins at Adkins Publicity in Nashville

For exclusive PR / publicity representation of Gene Watson, contact Scott Adkins at Adkins Publicity in Nashville.



Gene Watson's Peers within the country music industry believe in the sheer talent of this unassuming man from east Texas, so much so that Gene is regarded by many of them as 'the singer's singer' - and rightly so!

All of Gene Watson's Peers, who were contacted during 2011, were most gracious with their time and words.

It is here, within this special part of The Gene Watson Fan Site, that you have an opportunity to read a quote from Ray Price, which he submitted to this site on Wednesday 18 May 2011.

Sean Brady would like to take this opportunity to say 'thank you' to Ray Price who made a special contribution to this unique part of this online 'celebration of a Lone Star Hero'.

Ray Price

Ray Price
This quote was submitted on Wednesday 18 May 2011.

'I really like him.

He's a fine singer.

I believe, if he is given the right opportunity and can get over the hurdle of today's music, he should be able to maintain a great career.

I like him as a person and only wish him the best'.

Thank you, Ray Price, for your support of Gene Watson.

About Ray Price...

Ray Price

Ray Price was born Ray Noble Price on Tuesday 12 January 1926 in Perryville, Texas; his wide-ranging baritone has often been praised as one of the best male voices within the genre of country music.

Ray Price spent most of his youth in Dallas; it was there where he learned how to play guitar and sing.  Following his high school graduation, Ray price studied veterinary medicine at North Texas Agricultural College in Abilene before he left school to join the United States Marines in 1942.

Ray Price stayed in the service throughout the Second World War, returning to Texas in 1946.  After leaving the United States Marines, he initially returned to college, yet he began to perform at local clubs and honky tonks, as well as appearances on local radio station KRBC, where he was dubbed 'The Cherokee Cowboy'.

Three years later, in 1949, Ray Price was invited to join the Dallas-based Big D Jamboree, which convinced him to make music his full-time career.  It was shortly after joining Big D Jamboree that the show began to be televised by CBS, which helped Ray Price release a single, 'Your Wedding Corsage' / 'Jealous Lies', on the independent Dallas record label Bullet Records.

In 1951, Ray Price moved to Nashville in order to pursue a major-label record contract.  After auditioning and failing several times, Ray Price finally signed to Columbia Records, after A&R representative Troy Martin convinced the label's chief executive, Don Law, that Decca was prepared to give the singer a contract.

Previously, Don Law was uninterested in Ray Price - he turned him down twenty times and threatened Troy Martin never to mention his name again - but he was unprepared to give a rival company a chance at the vocalist.

Ray Price: 'Ray Price Sings Heart Songs' (Columbia Records, 1957)

In July 1957, Ray Price saw the release of his debut album, 'Ray Price Sings Heart Songs' (Columbia Records, 1957), which included the following tracks:

'I Love You Because'
'Let Me Talk to You'
'Blues Stay Away From Me'
'Many Tears Ago'
'Letters Have No Arms'
'Faded Love'
'Remember Me (I'm The One Who Loves You)'
'I Saw My Castles Fall Today'
'I'll Sail My Ship Alone'
'I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love with You)'
'Mansion on The Hill'
'Pins & Needles (in My Heart)'

Hank Williams (Monday 17 September 1923 - Thursday 1 January 1953)

Prior to 'Talk to Your Heart' becoming a No.3 hit for Ray Price in the spring of 1952, he met his idol, Hank Williams (Monday 17 September 1923 - Thursday 1 January 1953), who immediately became a close friend.

Ray Price: 'Talk to Your Heart' (Columbia Records, 1958)

'Talk to Your Heart' was subsequently included on 'Talk to Your Heart' (Columbia Records, 1958), Ray Price's second album for the label, which was released in April 1958, and which included the following tracks:

'I'll Keep on Loving You'
'I Love You So Much (It Hurts)'
'I Told You So'
'Wondering'
'Deep Water'
'Ice Cold Heart'
'I Gotta Have My Baby Back'
'There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight'
'I'm Tired'
'Driftwood on The River'
'Please Don't Leave Me'

Over the next year, Hank Williams (Monday 17 September 1923 - Thursday 1 January 1953) performed a number of favours for Ray Price, including giving him 'Weary Blues' to record and helping him join The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.

Ray Price also became the permanent substitute for Hank Williams whenever he was missing or too drunk to perform.

Following Hank Williams' death in the early hours of Thursday 1 January 1953, Ray Price inherited The Drifting Cowboys.

Ray Price: 'Collector's Choice' (Harmony Records, 1966)

Following the success of 'Don't Let The Stars Get in Your Eyes', which reached No.4 on the Billboard country music singles chart in the fall of 1952, and was subsequently included on 'Collector's Choice' (Harmony Records, 1966), Ray Price was quiet for much of 1953.

It wasn't until 1954 that Ray Price returned to the Billboard country music singles chart.  Ray Price enjoyed a hit with a double-sided record; 'I'll Be There (If You Ever Want Me)' (written by Rusty Gabbard and Ray Price) reached No.2, while 'Release Me' reached No.6.

Instead of capitalising on that success, Ray Price disappeared from the Billboard country music singles chart during 1955, as he spent the year forming The Cherokee Cowboys.  Over the previous two years, Ray Price had realised that performing with The Drifting Cowboys had made him sound too similar to Hank Williams, so he decided to form his own group.

Originally, most of the members were lifted from Lefty Frizzell's Western Cherokees, but over the years that followed, a number of gifted musicians began their careers in this band, including Johnny Paycheck (Tuesday 31 May 1938 - Wednesday 19 February 2003), Roger Miller (Thursday 2 January 1936 - Sunday 25 October 1992), Buddy Emmons (Wednesday 27 January 1937 - Wednesday 29 July 2015), Johnny Bush, Darrell McCall and Willie Nelson.

Ray Price made a triumphant return to the Billboard country music singles chart in 1955, first with 'Run Boy', which reached No.5.

Ray Price's musical experimentation culminated in the 4/4 bass-driven 'Crazy Arms', which was written by Chuck Seals and famed Texas steel guitarist Ralph E. Mooney (Sunday 16 September 1928 - Sunday 20 March 2011); the track, which was the first of Ray Price's patented four/four shuffles, was recorded on Thursday 1 March 1956.

The intensely rhythmic sound Ray Price discovered with 'Crazy Arms' dominated his style of country music for the next six years, up until 1962; people in Nashville refer to a 4/4 country shuffle as 'The 'Ray Price Beat'.

'Crazy Arms' went on to become a country music standard and spent forty-five weeks on the Billboard country music singles chart, twenty of those at No.1, in 1956.

'Crazy Arms' was one of the first country music records to be recorded with a drum kit, which gave it a relentless, pulsating rhythm.  Until Ray Price, most country music artists were reluctant to use drums and the instrument was banned at one time from the stage of The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.

The astonishing status of 'Crazy Arms' helped change that situation; the single not only crossed over into the lower reaches of the Billboard pop music singles chart, but it also established Ray Price as a star.

After the success of 'Crazy Arms', Ray Price remained at or near the top of the Billboard country music singles chart for the next ten years, racking up twenty-three Top Ten singles between 1956 and 1966; 'I've Got a New Heartache' (written by Ray Price and Wayne Walker) (No.2, 1956), 'My Shoes Keep Walking Back to You' (No.1, 1957) and 'Curtain in The Window' (No.3, 1958).

Roger Miller (Thursday 2 January 1936 - Sunday 25 October 1992)

Roger Miller (Thursday 2 January 1936 - Sunday 25 October 1992) wrote one of Ray Price's classic songs during 1958 and also sang harmony on the track; 'Invitation to The Blues' reached No.3 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1958.

Bill Anderson

'City Lights', which was written by Bill Anderson when he was nineteen years old while working in Commerce, Georgia at radio station WJJC-AM, was recorded by Ray Price in 1958; the song was No.1 on the Billboard country music singles chart for twelve weeks between October 1958 and January 1959.

As a result, Bill Anderson took full advantage of his big break, moved to Nashville and landed a recording contract with Decca Records.

Ray Price: 'Ray Price's Greatest Hits' (Columbia Records, 1961)

'City Lights' reached No.71 on the Billboard pop music singles chart in 1958 and was subsequently included on 'Ray Price's Greatest Hits' (Columbia Records, 1961).

In 1959, Ray Price enjoyed a No.7 hit single on the Billboard country music singles chart with 'That's What It's Like to Be Lonesome'.

It was also in 1959 when Ray Price recorded 'Heartaches by The Number', which was written by Harlan Howard (Thursday 8 September 1927 - Sunday 3 March 2002); the track reached No.2 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1959, while 'The Same Old Me' (written by Fuzzy Owen) was No.1 for two weeks in December 1959.

In 1960, Ray Price recorded 'Heart Over Mind' (written by Mel Tillis); the track reached No.5 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1960.

George Jones: 'George Jones Sings Country & Western Hits' (Mercury Records, 1961)

George Jones (Saturday 12 September 1931 - Friday 26 April 2013) recorded Ray Price's 'I'll Be There (If You Ever Want Me)' (co-written with Rusty Gabbard) and included the track on 'George Jones Sings Country & Western Hits' (Mercury Records, 1961).

Ray Price: 'Ray Price's Greatest Hits' (Columbia Records, 1961)

In March 1961, Ray Price saw the release of 'Ray Price's Greatest Hits' (Columbia Records, 1961), which included the following tracks:

'Crazy Arms', which was written by Chuck Seals and Ralph E. Mooney (Sunday 16 September 1928 - Sunday 20 March 2011) (No.1 for twenty weeks in 1956) / this track also reached No.27 on the Billboard pop music singles chart in 1956
'You Done Me Wrong' (No.7, 1956)
'City Lights' (written by Bill Anderson) (No.1 for twelve weeks between October 1958 and January 1959 / this track also reached No.71 on the Billboard pop music singles chart in 1958
'Invitation to The Blues' (No.3, 1958) / this track also reached No.92 on the Billboard pop music singles chart in 1958
'I've Got a New Heartache' (written by Ray Price and Wayne Walker) (No.2, 1956)
'Who'll Be The First'
'Heartaches by The Number', which was written by Harlan Howard (Thursday 8 September 1927 - Sunday 3 March 2002) (No.2, 1959)
'Same Old Me' (written by Fuzzy Owen) (No.1 for two weeks in December 1959)
'Release Me (& Let Me Love Again)', which was written by Eddie Miller (Wednesday 10 December 1919 - Monday 11 April 1977) and Robert Yount (Sunday 20 October 1929 - Thursday 30 June 2005) (No.6, 1954)
'One More Time' (No.5, 1960)
'My Shoes Keep Walking Back to You', which was written by Bob Wills (Monday 6 March 1905 - Tuesday 13 May 1975) and Lee Ross (No.1, 1957) / this track also reached No.63 on the Billboard pop music singles chart in 1957
'I'll Be There (When You Get Lonely)' (No.12, 1957)

Ray Price: 'Night Life' (Columbia Records, 1963)

In 1963, Ray Price recorded 'Nightlife' (written by Willie Nelson) and included the track on 'Night Life' (Columbia Records, 1963); the track reached No.28 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1963.

Ray Price's 'Night Life' (Columbia Records, 1963) reached No.1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1963.

Connie Smith: 'Connie Smith' (RCA Records, 1965)

Connie Smith recorded Ray Price's 'I'll Be There (If You Ever Want Me)' (co-written with Rusty Gabbard) and included the track on 'Connie Smith' (RCA Records, 1965).

Connie Smith: 'Connie Smith & Cute 'n' Country' (Hux Records, 2006)

On Monday 27 March 2006, England's Hux Records released Connie Smith's 'Connie Smith' (RCA Records, 1965), along with 'Cute 'n' Country' (RCA Records, 1965), as a special '2-on-1' CD set (HUX 76).

George Jones with Gene Pitney & Melba Montgomery: 'Famous Country Duets' (Musicor Records, 1965)

George Jones (Saturday 12 September 1931 - Friday 26 April 2013), with Gene Pitney (Monday 17 February 1941 - Wednesday 5 April 2006) and Melba Montgomery, recorded Ray Price's 'I've Got a New Heartache' (co-written with Wayne P. Walker) and included the track on 'Famous Country Duets' (Muxicor Records, 1965).

Ray Price achieved a number of Top 10 hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart in the 1960s, including the following:

'Soft Rain' (No.3, 1961)
'Pride' (No.5, 1962)
'Walk Me to The Door' (No.7, 1962)
'Make The World Go Away', which was written by Hank Cochran (Friday 2 August 1935 - Thursday 15 July 2010) (No.2, 1963)
'Burning Memories' (No.2, 1964)
'Please Talk to My Heart' (No.7, 1964)
'The Other Woman (In My Life)' (No.2, 1965)
'Don't You Ever Get Tired of Hurting Me', which was written by Hank Cochran (Friday 2 August 1935 - Thursday 15 July 2010) (No.11, 1965)
'A Way to Survive', which was written by Hank Cochran (Friday 2 August 1935 - Thursday 15 July 2010) and Moneen Carpenter (No.7, 1966)
'Touch My Heart' (No.3, 1966)
'Danny Boy', which was written by Frederic Edward Weatherly (4 October 1848 - Saturday 7 September 1929) (No.9, 1967)
'I'm Still Not Over You' (No.6, 1967)
'Take Me as I Am (or Let Me Go)' (No.8, 1967)
'She Wears My Ring', which was written by Narciso Serradell Sevilla (1843 - 1910), Felice Bryant (Friday 7 August 1925 - Tuesday 22 April 2003) and Boudleaux Bryant (Friday 13 February 1920 - Thursday 25 June 1987) (No.6, 1968)

The Everly Brothers (Don Everly & Phil Everly): 'Roots' (Warner Bros. Records, 1968)

The Everly Brothers - Don Everly and Phil Everly (Thursday 19 January 1939 - Friday 3 January 2014) - recorded Ray Price's 'You Done Me Wrong', which was co-written with George Jones (Saturday 12 September 1931 - Friday 26 April 2013), and included the track on 'Roots' (Warner Bros. Records, 1968).

Kris Kristofferson: 'Kristofferson' (Monument Records, 1970)

'For The Good Times' was written by Kris Kristofferson, who included the track on his self-titled debut album, 'Kristofferson' (Monument Records, 1970).

Ray Price: 'For The Good Times' (Columbia Records, 1970)

On Monday 16 March 1970, Ray Price recorded 'For the Good Times' (written by Kris Kristofferson) and included the track on 'For The Good Times' (Columbia Records, 1970); the track was No.1 on the Billboard country music singles chart for one week in September 1970 and was awarded 'Song of the Year' by the Academy of Country Music (ACM).

'For The Good Times', coupled with 'Grazin' in Greener Pastures' (written by Ray Pennington), was No.1 on the Billboard country music singles chart for one week in September 1970 (Saturday 19 September 1970 - Saturday 26 September 1970) and spent a total of nineteen weeks on the Billboard country music singles chart; the track also reached No.11 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop music singles chart in 1970, becoming Ray Price's only release to hit the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart.

Ray Price's 'For The Good Times' (Columbia Records, 1970) was awarded 'Album of the Year' by the Academy of Country Music (ACM), and reached No.1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1970.

Ray Price: 'I Won't Mention It Again' (Columbia Records, 1971)

In May 1971, Ray Price saw the release of 'I Won't Mention It Again' (Columbia Records, 1971), which included two tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'I Won't Mention It Again', which was written by Don Law (Monday 24 February 1902 - Monday 20 December 1982) and Frank Jones (No.1 for three weeks in May / June 1971) / this track also reached No.42 on the Billboard pop music singles chart in 1970
'I'd Rather Be Sorry' (No.2, 1970)

Ray Price's 'I Won't Mention It Again' (Columbia Records, 1971) was awarded 'Album of the Year' by the Country Music Association (CMA), and reached No.1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1971.

Ray Price: 'She's Got to Be a Saint' (Columbia Records, 1973)

In March 1973, Ray Price saw the release of 'She's Got to Be a Saint' (Columbia Records, 1973), which included one track, which was a hit single on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'She's Got to Be a Saint' (written by Joe Paulini and Mario J. DiNapoli) (No.1 for three weeks in December 1972 / January 1973)

Ray Price's 'She's Got to Be a Saint' (Columbia Records, 1973) reached No.4 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1973.

Ray Price: 'You're The Best Thing' (Columbia Records, 1974)

In March 1974, Ray Price saw the release of 'You're The Best Thing' (Columbia Records, 1974), which included three tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'You're The Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me' (written by Jim Weatherly) (No.1 for one week in October 1973)
'Storms of Troubled Times' (No.25, 1974)
'Like a First Time Thing' (No.15, 1974)

Ray Price's 'You're The Best Thing' (Columbia Records, 1974) reached No.24 which included thron the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1974.

By the mid-1970s, the appeal of Ray Price's string-laden country-pop hits had diminished and he spent the rest of the decade struggling to get into the country charts.

In 1974, Ray Price left his long-time home of Columbia Records and signed to Myrrh Records, where he enjoyed two Billboard Top 10 country music hit singles over the next year.

By the end of 1975, Ray Price had departed Myrrh Records and signed to ABC / Dot Records.  Although he hadn't changed his style, Ray Price's records became less popular around the same time he signed to ABC / Dot Records.

Ray Price: 'Hank 'n' Me' (ABC / Dot Records, 1976)

Only 'Mansion on the Hill', which was released in 1976, gained attention, reaching No.14 on the Billboard country music singles chart; the track was included on 'Hank 'n' Me' (ABC / Dot Records, 1976).

In 1978, Ray Price switched record labels again, signing with Monument Records.

Ray Price: 'There's Always Me' (Monument Records, 1979)

In April 1979, Ray Price saw the release of 'There's Always Me' (Monument Records, 1979), which included four tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'Feet' (No.19, 1978)
'There's Always Me' (No.30, 1979)
'That's The Only Way to Say Good Morning' (No.18, 1979)
'Misty Morning Rain' (No.43, 1979)

Ray Price & Willie Nelson: 'San Antonio Rose' (Columbia Records, 1980)

In 1980, Ray Price reunited with his old bassist Willie Nelson and recorded a duet album, 'San Antonio Rose' (Columbia Records, 1980), which included two tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'Faded Love', which was written by Bob Wills (Monday 6 March 1905 - Tuesday 13 May 1975), John Wills and Billy Jack Wills (No.3, 1980)
'Don't You Ever Get Tired of Hurting Me', which was written by Hank Cochran (Friday 2 August 1935 - Thursday 15 July 2010) (No.11, 1980)

Ray Price: 'Town & Country' (Dimension Records, 1981)

In September 1981, following the signing of a recording contract with Dimension Records, Ray Price saw the release of 'Town & Country' (Dimension Records, 1981), which included four tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

Gene Watson: 'The Good Ole Days' (Step One Records, 1996) Gene Watson: 'Beautiful Country' (Capitol Records, 1977)

'Getting Over You Again', which was written by 
Dave Kirby (Sunday 10 July 1938 - Saturday 17 April 2004) and Warren D. Robb (No.28, 1981) / this track was also recorded by Gene Watson, who included it on 'The Good Ole Days' (Step One Records, 1996)
'It Don't Hurt Me Half as Bad' (written by Joe Allen, D. Lay and B. Lindsay) (No.6, 1981) / this track was also recorded by Gene Watson, who included it on 'Beautiful Country' (Capitol Records, 1977)
'Diamonds in The Stars' (No.9, 1981)
'Forty & Fading' (No.18, 1982)

Gene Watson: 'Should I Come Home' (Capitol Records, 1979)

Ray Price's 'Town & Country' (Dimension Records, 1981) also included 'Circle Driveway' (written by Joe Allen), which was recorded by Gene Watson, who included the track on 'Should I Come Home' (Capitol Records, 1979).

Ray Price: 'Somewhere in Texas' (Dimension Records, 1982)

In December 1982, Ray Price saw the release of 'Somewhere in Texas' (Dimension Records, 1982), which included two tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'Wait Till Those Bridges are Gone' (No.62, 1982)
'Somewhere Down in Texas' (No.55, 1982)

Gene Watson: 'Sometimes I Get Lucky' (MCA Records, 1983)

Ray Price's 'Somewhere in Texas' (Dimension Records, 1982) also included 'You're Just Another Beer Drinkin' Song', which was written by Warren D. Robb and Dave Kirby (Sunday 10 July 1938 - Saturday 17 April 2004); the track was also recorded by Gene Watson, who included it on 'Sometimes I Get Lucky' (MCA Records, 1983).

Ray Price: 'Master of The Art' (Warner Bros. Records, 1982)

In 1983, Ray Price left Dimension Records and signed with Warner Bros. Records, where he remained for one year, and recorded the album 'Master of The Art' (Warner Bros. Records, 1982), which included three tracks, which were released as singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'Willie Write Me a Song' (No.72, 1983)
'Scotch & Soda' (No.70, 1983)
'Coors in Colorado' / this track was released as a single in 1983, but it did not chart

In 1983, Ray Price signed with Viva Records, a record label he remained with until 1984.

Mel Tillis: 'California Road' (RCA Victor Records, 1985)

Mel Tillis recorded Ray Price's 'You Done Me Wrong' (co-written with Shirley Jones) and included the track on 'California Road' (RCA Victor Records, 1985).


Step One Records

In 1985, Ray Price signed with Step One Records, an independent record label created by Ray Pennington and Curtis Potter (Thursday 18 April 1940 - Saturday 23 January 2016), where he remained until 1989, and where he recorded a number of albums.

Ray Price: 'Welcome to Ray Price Country' (Step One Records, 1985)

In September 1985, Ray Price saw the release of 'Welcome to Ray Price Country' (Step One Records, 1985), which included three tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'(She's Got a Hold of Me Where it Hurts) She Won't Let Go' (No.77, 1985)
'I'm Not Leaving (I'm Just Getting Out of Your Way)' (No.81, 1985)
'Five Fingers' (No.67, 1985)

Gene Watson: 'Memories to Burn' (Epic Records, 1985)

Ray Price's 'Welcome to Ray Price Country' (Step One Records, 1985) also included 'Memories to Burn', which was written by Warren D. Robb and Warren D. Robb and Dave Kirby (Sunday 10 July 1938 - Saturday 17 April 2004); the track was also recorded by Gene Watson, who included it on 'Memories to Burn' (Epic Records, 1985).

Ray Price: 'Portrait of a Singer' (Step One Records, 1985)

In December 1985, Ray Price saw the release of 'Portrait of a Singer' (Step One Records, 1985), which included three tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'You're Nobody 'till Somebody Loves You', which was written by Russ Morgan (29 April 1904 - Thursday 7 August 1969) and Larry Stock (1896 - Friday 4 May 1984) (No.60, 1986)
'All The Way', which was written by Jimmy Van Heusen (26 January 1913 - Tuesday 6 February 1990) and Sammy Cahn (18 June 1913 - Friday 15 January 1993) (No.73, 1986)
'Please Don't Talk about Me When I'm Gone', which was written by Samuel Howard Stept (18 September 1897 - Tuesday 1 December 1964) and Sidney Clare (15 August 1892 - Tuesday 29 August 1972) (No.86, 1986)

Ray Price: 'Greatest Hits, Volume 1' (Step One Records, 1986)

In May 1986, Ray Price saw the release of 'Greatest Hits, Volume 1' (Step One Records, 1986), which included the following tracks, all of which were re-recordings:

'Crazy Arms', which was written by Chuck Seals and Ralph E. Mooney (Sunday 16 September 1928 - Sunday 20 March 2011) / the original version of this track was No.1 on the Billboard country music singles chart for twenty weeks in 1956, and also reached No.27 on the Billboard pop music singles chart in 1956
'City Lights' (written by Bill Anderson) / the original version of this track was No.1 on the Billboard country music singles chart for twelve weeks between October 1958 and January 1959, and also reached No.71 on the Billboard pop music singles chart in 1958
'I'll Be There (if You Ever Want Me)'
'Half a Man'
'Heartaches by The Number', which was written by Harlan Howard (Thursday 8 September 1927 - Sunday 3 March 2002) / the original version of this track reached No.2 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1959
'Release Me (& Let Me Love Again)', which was written by Eddie Miller (Wednesday 10 December 1919 - Monday 11 April 1977) and Robert Yount (Sunday 20 October 1929 - Thursday 30 June 2005) / the original version of this track reached No.6 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1954
'My Shoes Keep Walking Back to You', which was written by Bob Wills (Monday 6 March 1905 - Tuesday 13 May 1975) and Lee Ross / the original version of this track was No.1 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1957, and also reached No.63 on the Billboard pop music singles chart in 1957
'Soft Rain' / the original version of this track reached No.3 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1961
'I'll Sail My Ship Alone' / the original version of this track was an album track in 1957
'Burning Memories' / the original version of this track reached No.2 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1964

Ray Price: 'Greatest Hits, Volume 2' (Step One Records, 1986)

In June 1986, Ray Price saw the release of 'Greatest Hits, Volume 2' (Step One Records, 1986), which included the following tracks, all of which were re-recordings:

'Danny Boy', which was written by Frederic Edward Weatherly (4 October 1848 - Saturday 7 September 1929) / the original version of this track reached No.9 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1967
'Touch My Heart' / the original version of this track reached No.3 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1966
'Crazy' (written by Willie Nelson) / the original version of this track reached No.73 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1967
'A Way to Survive', which was written by Hank Cochran (Friday 2 August 1935 - Thursday 15 July 2010) and Moneen Carpenter / the original version of this track reached No.7 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1966
'You're The Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me' (written by Jim Weatherly) / the original version of this track was No.1 on the Billboard country music singles chart for one week in October 1973
'Nightlife' (written by Willie Nelson) / the original version of this track reached No.28 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1963
'The Other Woman (in My Life)' / the original version of this track reached No.2 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1965
'Don't You Ever Get Tired of Hurting Me', which was written by Hank Cochran (Friday 2 August 1935 - Thursday 15 July 2010) / the original version of this track reached No.11 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1965
'I'd Rather Be Sorry' / the original version of this track reached No.2 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1970
'Grazin' in Greener Pastures' (written by Ray Pennington) / the original version of this track was No.1 on the Billboard country music singles chart for one week in September 1970

Ray Price: 'Greatest Hits, Volume 3' (Step One Records, 1986)

It was also in June 1986 when Ray Price saw the release of 'Greatest Hits, Volume 3' (Step One Records, 1986), which included the following tracks, all of which were re-recordings:

'For The Good Times' (written by Kris Kristofferson) / the original version of this track was No.1 on the Billboard country music singles chart for one week in September 1970
'She Wears My Ring', which was written by Narciso Serradell Sevilla (1843 - 1910), Felice Bryant (Friday 7 August 1925 - Tuesday 22 April 2003) and Boudleaux Bryant (Friday 13 February 1920 - Thursday 25 June 1987) / the original version of this track reached No.6 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1968
'Help Me Make it Through The Night' (written by Kris Kristofferson) / the original version of this track was an album track in 1970
'Getting Over You Again', which was written by Dave Kirby (Sunday 10 July 1938 - Saturday 17 April 2004) and Warren D. Robb / the original version of this track reached No.28 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1981
'Forty & Fading' / the original version of this track reached No.18 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1982
'Diamonds in The Stars' / the original version of this track was an album track in 1981
'Sweetheart of The Year' / the original version of this track reached No.11 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1969
'I'm Still Not Over You' / the original version of this track reached No.6 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1967
'It Don't Hurt Me Half as Bad' (written by Joe Allen, D. Lay and B. Lindsay) / the original version of this track reached No.6 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1981
'I Won't Mention It Again', which was written by Don Law (Monday 24 February 1902 - Monday 20 December 1982) and Frank Jones / the original version of this track was No.1 on the Billboard country music singles chart for three weeks in May / June 1971, and also reached No.42 on the Billboard pop music singles chart in 1971

Darrell McCall & Johnny Bush: 'Hot Texas Country' (Step One Records, 1986)

Darrell McCall & Johnny Bush recorded Ray Price's 'The Twenty Fourth Hour' and included the track on 'Hot Texas Country' (Step One Records, 1986).

Darrell McCall & Johnny Bush: 'Hot Texas Country' (Step One Records, 1986)

Darrell McCall & Johnny Bush recorded Ray Price's 'You Done Me Wrong' (co-written with Shirley Jones) and included the track on 'Hot Texas Country' (Step One Records, 1986).

Ray Price: 'A Revival of Old Time Singing' (Step One Records, 1986)

In September 1986, Ray Price saw the release of 'A Revival of Old Time Singing' (Step One Records, 1986), which included the following tracks:

'In The Garden'
'I'll Fly Away'
'Precious Memories'
'Love Lifted Me'
'Softly & Tenderly'
'When The Roll is Called Up Yonder'
'What Did The Carpenter Build'
'Amazing Grace'
'In Vain'
'Rock of Ages'
'What a Friend We Have in Jesus'
'Just as I Am'

Ray Price: 'The Heart of Country Music' (Step One Records, 1986)

In December 1986, Ray Price saw the release of 'The Heart of Country Music' (Step One Records, 1986), which included the following tracks:

'Have I Told You Lately That I Love You'
'Walking The Floor Over You'
'Please Don't Leave Me'
'I Can't Help It (if I'm Still in Love with You)'
'He'll Have to Go'
'Take Me as I Am (or Let Me Go)'
'Blue Eyes Crying in The Rain'
'Blues Stay Away From Me'
'Slippin' Around'
'Satisfied Mind'
'Walking on New Grass'
'Just Someone I Used to Know'
'Today I Started Loving You Again', which was written by Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016) and Bonnie Owens (Tuesday 1 October 1929 - Monday 24 April 2006)
'She Thinks I Still Care' (written by Dickey Lee and Steve Duffy)
'Is Anybody Going to San Antone', which was written by Dave Kirby (Sunday 10 July 1938 - Saturday 17 April 2004) and Glenn Martin
'No One Will Ever Know', which was written by Mel Foree (Tuesday 25 July 1911 - Sunday 28 October 1990) and Fred Rose (24 August 1898 - Wednesday 1 December 1954)
'Last Letter'
'Jealous Heart'
'There Goes My Everything' (written by Dallas Frazier)
'Waiting for a Train'

Ray Price: 'A Christmas Gift For You' (Step One Records, 1987)

In November 1987, Ray Price saw the release of 'A Christmas Gift For You' (Step One Records, 1987), which included the following tracks:

'Christmas Card'
'Silver Bells'
'Blue Christmas'
'Jingle Bells'
'Rudolph, The Red Nosed Reindeer'
'White Christmas'
'For Christmas'
'Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow'
'With Christmas Near'
'What a Merry Christmas This Would Be'
'I'll Be Home For Christmas'
'Silent Night'

Ray Price: 'Just Enough Love' (Step One Records, 1988) Gene Watson: 'Old Loves Never Die' (MCA Records, 1981)

In March 1988, Ray Price saw the release of 'Just Enough Love' (Step One Records, 1988), which included five tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'When You Gave Your Love to Me' (No.55, 1986)
'Just Enough Love (For One Woman)' (No.52, 1987)
'Big Ole Teardrops' (No.68, 1988)
'Don't The Morning Always Come Too Soon' (No.55, 1988)
'I'd Do It All Over Again' (No.83, 1988)

Ray Price's 'Just Enough Love' (Step One Records, 1988) also included 'Old Loves Never Die', which was written by Dave Kirby (Sunday 10 July 1938 - Saturday 17 April 2004) and Warren D. Robb, and was also recorded by Gene Watson, who included the track on 'Old Loves Never Die' (MCA Records, 1981).

Ray Price: 'By Request' (Step One Records, 1989)Ray Price: 'The Essential Ray Price: 1951 - 1962' (Columbia Records, 1991)

In July 1989, Ray Price saw the release of 'By Request' (Step One Records, 1989), which included the following tracks:

'I've Got a New Heartache'
'Spanish Eyes'
'Invitation to The Blues'
'This Cold War with You'
'April's Fool'
'She's Got to Be a Saint' (written by Joe Paulini and Mario J. DiNapoli) / the original version of this track was No.1 on the Billboard country music singles chart for three weeks in December 1972 / January 1973
'Twenty Fourth Hour' (written by Ray Price)
'Heart Over Mind' (written by Mel Tillis) / the original version of this track was released as a non-album single and reached No.5 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1961; the track was subsequently included on 'The Essential Ray Price: 1951 - 1962' (Columbia Records, 1991)
'Pride' / the original version of this track reached No.5 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1962
'I've Just Destroyed The World I'm Living In' (written by Ray Price and Willie Nelson)
'Somewhere in Texas'

Ray Price & Faron Young: 'Memories That Last' (Step One Records, 1991)

In 1991, Ray Price & Faron Young (Thursday 25 February 1932 - Tuesday 10 December 1996) saw the release of 'Memories That Last' (Step One Records, 1991), which included the following tracks:

'Memories That Last'
'Everybody Loves Somebody'
'Too Big to Fight'
'Take a Chance on Me'
'Cold Cold Heart'
'Side by Side'
'Somewhere Along The Way'
'Walking My Baby Back Home'
'Whole Lot of You'
'Mansion on The Hill'
'When I Fall in Love'
'Funny How Time Slips Away' (written by Willie Nelson)



In April 1992, Ray Price saw the release of 'Step One Records Hall of Fame Series' (Step One Records, 1992), which included the following tracks:

'Take Back Your Old Love Letters'
'Way It Was'
'Love Me Down to Size'
'Sometimes Left to Lose'
'Leaving's Not The Way to Go'
'Let Me Talk to You'
'Don't Worry, I'm Not Staying Very Long'
'Misty Morning Rain'
'Now She's in Paris'
'Back to Wall'
'There's a Star Spangled Banner Waving Somewhere'
'I'm Not Crazy Yet' / the original version of this track reached No.28 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1966
'Over'

In the late 1990s, Ray Price stopped concentrating on recording and turned his attention to a theatre he owned in Branson, Missouri.  For most of the 1990s, Ray Price sang and performed at his theatre in Branson and occasionally recorded.

Ray Price: 'Sometimes a Rose' (Columbia Records, 1991)

Of all of Ray Price's records released in the 1990s, the most notable was the 1991 album 'Sometimes a Rose' (Columbia Records, 1991), which was produced by Norro Wilson (Monday 4 April 1938 - Thursday 8 June 2017), and included the following tracks:

'Somebody Almost Loved You'
'I Apologize'
'There's Not a Dry Eye in The House'
'You Need a Lady in Your Life'
'When The Blues Hit Town'
'What Am I Gonna Do Without You'
'A Way to Free Myself' (written by Joe Hayes and Charlie Walker)
'Sometimes a Rose'
'Look What Followed Me Home'
'Please Don't Leave Me' (written by Jesse Ashlock and Wayne Walker)


On Saturday 3 August 1996, Ray Price was inducted into The Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville.

Charlie Shearer: 'Breakin' Out' (Universal Sound Records, 2000)

Charlie Shearer recorded Ray Price's 'I Just Destroyed The World' (co-written with Willie Nelson) and included the track on 'Breakin' Out' (Universal Sound Records, 2000).  The album was co-produced by Gary Hogue () and Curt Ryle; Curt Ryle also played steel guitar, acoustic guitar and classical guitar and provided background vocals on the project.

Robert Earl Keen: 'What I Really Mean' (Koch Records, 2005)

On Tuesday 10 May 2005, Robert Earl Keen saw the release of 'What I Really Mean' (Koch Records, 2005); the album included the track 'A Border Tragedy', which featured Ray Price performing a part of 'Streets of Laredo'.

Ray Price, Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard: 'Last of The Breed' (Lost Highway Records, 2007)

In 2007, Ray Price collaborated with Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016) on 'Last of The Breed' (Lost Highway Records, 2007), a 2-disc set, which was released on Tuesday 20 March 2007; the album debuted at No.64 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart in 2007, selling about 13,000 copies in its first week of release.

'Last of The Breed' (Lost Highway Records, 2007) was No.33 on Rolling Stone's list of 'Top 50 Albums of 2007', and reached No.7 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 2007.

Garry Ash: 'Man in The Moon' (Garry Ash Self Release, 2011)

Garry Ash paid tribute to both George Jones (Saturday 12 September 1931 - Friday 26 April 2013) and Ray Price with the track 'Possum & Price' (written by Jim Massey); the track was included on 'Man in The Moon' (Garry Ash Self Release, 2011).

Gene Watson and Ray Price / American Music Theatre, 2425 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA / Sunday 20 May 2012 / 3:00pm

On Sunday 20 May 2012, Gene Watson and Ray Price performed together, at American Music Theatre, 2425 Lincoln Highway East in Lancaster, PA; the performance took place at 3:00pm.

In November 2012, Ray Price confirmed that he was fighting pancreatic cancer and, while it appeared to be in remission in early 2013, ultimately he succumbed to the final stages of it on Monday 16 December 2013.

It was on Monday 16 December 2013 when Gene Watson issued the following statement through his Official website at genewatsonmusic.com:

'I have just heard the sad news that our good friend, and one of my heroes, Ray Price, died today at his home in Mt. Pleasant, Texas.  I know you join me in sending condolences to his family.

One of the truly great singers of our time is gone.  May he rest in peace'

Ray Price, who was eighty-seven years old, left East Texas Medical Center in Tyler, Texas on Thursday 12 December 2013 for hospice care at his home in Mount Pleasant, Texas following a twenty-five month battle with pancreatic cancer.

According to Ray Price's wife of forty-five years, Janie Price, the cancer had spread to his liver, lungs and intestines, even with aggressive treatment, and Ray Price and Janie had decided not to pursue further treatment.

Ray Price had been recording and touring for over six decades and continued to do so until May 2013.  A new album, tentatively titled 'Love Songs in Nashville', was scheduled for release in 2014.

Several tribute albums and concerts are said to be in the works as well.

It was also on Thursday 12 December 2013 when Ray Price's team sent this message; Ray Price wanted to give a final message to his fans:

'I love my fans and have devoted my life to reaching out to them.  I appreciate their support all these years and I hope I haven't let them down.  I am at peace.  I love Jesus.  I'm going to be just fine.  Don't worry about me.  I'll see you again one day'.
Restland Funeral Home, 13005 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, Texas

Obituary and service information for Ray Price was posted on the official website for Restland Funeral Home, 13005 Greenville Avenue in Dallas, Texas.

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Ray Price's wife, Janie, thanked the fans for all of their love and messages and wanted to let fans know the best way to send them a note was on The Official Ray Price Facebook Page.

On Saturday 21 December 2013, a celebration of Ray Price's life took place at 1:00pm at First Baptist Church in Mt. Pleasant, Texas.

On Saturday 28 December 2013, a second celebration of Ray Price's life took place at 3:30pm at Canyon Creek Baptist Church, 2800 Custer Parkway in Richardson, Texas.

The Ray Price Memorial Fund was established in order to fund and maintain a memorial mausoleum in his honour, which would depict and celebrate the life and legacy that he achieved.  This is for Ray Price's fans, friends and anyone who loved him to come and visit.  Any memorial contributions to The Ray Price Memorial Fund can be made in his honour at any Bank of America Branch.  Memorials could also be made to Cypress Basin Hospice of Mt. Pleasant.

Ray Noble Price (Tuesday 12 January 1926 - Monday 16 December 2013)

Ray Noble Price
Tuesday 12 January 1926 - Monday 16 December 2013
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