DALLAS (AP) — Good friends like Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard got more credit for their contrary ways and trend-setting ideas, but it was Ray Price who set the precedent for change in country music more than a decade earlier.
Price passed away Monday at his Texas home, having long outlasted most of his country music contemporaries and the prognosis doctors gave him when they discovered his pancreatic cancer in 2011. He was 87.
"Whenever I hear him sing any of his classic songs I'm convinced his was one of the richest and finest voices we will ever have the pleasure to hear.
Thank you Mr. Price for all the "Good Times".
– Burns Moore, Fan,
Montgomery, TX, Apr 06, 2014
"I am an old fan and singer that did a few of his greatest hits. Ray Price was diffinitely the man with the velvet voice. We are blessed to have such a voice in our lifetime and the singers in Heaven just got a magnificent addition. God bless the family ..."
– Charlie Burris, Big fan only,
Enid, OK, Jan 02, 2014