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article imageRemembering a music legend: Country singer Ray Price (1926-2013)

By Markos Papadatos     Dec 21, 2013 in Entertainment
Country singer Ray Price passed away on December 16 at his home in Mt. Pleasant, Texas, while on hospice care, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.
I had the unique pleasure and honor to chat with the country legend back in August of 2012, when I was writing for Suite101 Online Magazine, and to date he is one of my all-time favorite interviews. I am a huge fan of his music, as well as his classic songs "Heartaches By The Number" and "For The Good Times."
The veteran country star had told me that he would perform "Heartaches By The Number" in all of his live shows, and a few years ago he had gone on tour with both Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, both of whom he regarded as "two of his favorite people."
Price was inducted into the coveted Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in 1996. He had told me that was a "pretty good" feeling, especially since felt like "Susan Lucci" due to his multiple nominations for the prestigious honor. "It was an achievement in my life and I am proud of that one," the country legend said.
He had hinted that there was a new studio album that he worked on that consisted of ten to twelve new tracks, all of which were ballads. "I have some great love songs for people that they will enjoy on this record," he said.
For hopefuls that wish to make it in music, the late Ray Price had offered them meaningful advice. "They need to sing the kind of songs that the fans want to listen to, not what they want to make them listen to," he said.
I also loved the fact that Price stayed true to the traditional country genre, and he shared with me that he is not a fan of today’s modern country scene. "It's a great disservice to call the new songs on radio 'country.' Traditional country talks about everyday life and it does not have any restrictions on it. I feel that country is more like contemporary jazz since it does not have any boundaries," he said.
On behalf of myself and many journalists and fans that love and respect country music, I have to say that Ray Price will be missed dearly. He sang in perfect pitch and every word was backed with emotions. Nobody is ever going to sing like that again in the country genre, and similar to the loss of the late country king George Jones, Price will also be irreplaceable. Who is ever going to fill their shoes?
May he Rest in Peace (R.I.P.).
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