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Ray Price Dies
GRAMMY-winning country artist Ray Price died Dec. 16 following a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 87. Born in Perryville, Texas, Price signed with Columbia Records in 1951 and subsequently worked with country figures such as Lefty Frizzell and Hank Williams. He scored his first No. 1 hit with "Crazy Arms," which helped popularize electric instruments and the shuffle rhythm in country music. In 1957 he released his debut album, Ray Price Sings Heart Songs, which was followed by a string of hits, including "My Shoes Keep Walking Back To You," "City Lights," "Grazin' In Greener Pastures," and "She's Got To Be A Saint." In 1970 the Kris Kristofferson-penned hit "For The Good Times" garnered Price his first career GRAMMY for Best Country Vocal Performance, Male. In 2007 Price collaborated with GRAMMY winners Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson on Last Of The Breed. The two-disc set featured the track "Lost Highway," which earned Price and Nelson Best Country Collaboration With Vocals honors at the 50th Annual GRAMMY Awards.