Price, Ray

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Price, Ray Gender: M
born on 12 January 1926 at 05:00 (= 05:00 AM )
Place Perryville, Texas, 32n52, 95w09
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 21°30' s_mo.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 26°14 Asc.s_sagcol.18.gif 16°28'

Ray Price
photo: MHarrison, license cc-by-sa-3.0


American country-western singer; still actively touring the country with his "Cherokee Cowboys," appearing on TV, and in fine voice at 71. He won nearly every major award in his field and was inducted into Country Music Association's Hall of Fame in October 1996.

Ray Price grew up in Dallas where he learned to play guitar and sing. After high school graduation, he began studies in veterinary medicine but left school to join the Marines in 1942. He returned to Texas in 1946 and performed at local clubs, as well as on the local radio station, where he was dubbed the "Cherokee Cowboy." Three years later, he joined the Dallas-based "The Big D Jamboree," and made music his full-time career.

In 1951, Price moved to Nashville and eventually signed with Columbia Records. In the spring of 1952, he met his idol, Hank Williams, who immediately became a good friend. Upon Williams' death in 1953 Price inherited his band. In 1954 Price returned to the charts with a number two hit and formed his own group, the "Cherokee Cowboys." Price’s 1956 hits included "Crazy Arms" which immediately became a country classic. He remained at or near the top of the charts for the next ten years. By the mid-‘60s, Price's career momentum slowed and his musical tastes shifted to the crooning styles of pop singers. He earned another round of Top Ten hits, then spent most of the ‘70s struggling to get into the charts and switching recording labels.

In the early ‘80s, Price had a major duet success with Willie Nelson and two Top Ten singles. By the late '80s, Price turned his efforts to his theater in Branson, Missouri. For most of the '90s, he sang and performed at his theater, recording occasionally.

Billboard Magazine named Price Top Male Vocalist of the Year eight times. He won a Grammy for Best Male Country Vocal Performance in 1970 and almost every other major award in his field.

On 6 November 2012, Price confirmed that he has pancreatic cancer.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • associate relationship with Bush, Johnny (born 17 February 1935). Notes: bandmates
  • business associate/partner relationship with Beck, Jim (born 11 August 1916). Notes: recording artist


  • Social : Joined group 1942 (Joined Marines)
  • Social : Return Home 1946 (Returned to Texas)
  • Family : Change residence 1951 (Moved to Nashville)
  • Relationship : Meet a significant person 1952 (Met idol, Hank Williams)
  • Death of Significant person 1953 (Hank Williams)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1954 (Returned to charts)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1956 ("Crazy Arms")
  • Work : Prize 1970 (Grammy for Best Male Country Vocal Performance)
  • Work : Prize October 1996 (Country Music Hall of Fame)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.

Source Notes

Rose Murray quotes B.C. 11/1997. She gives Peach, Upshur County, which is not in the American Atlas, perhaps absorbed into another town by now. All biographical references give Perryville, TX.


  • Lifestyle : Social Life : Friends (Hank Williams)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : TV series/ Soap star (Guest appearances)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Country-Western (Noted singer)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Group/ Duo ("Cherokee Cowboys")
  • Vocation : Military : Military service (Marines)
  • Notable : Awards : Grammy (Best Male Country Vocal Performance)
  • Notable : Awards : Hall of Fame (Country western)