"Ray Price" (born January 12, 1926) is an American country and western singer. Price was born "Noble Ray Price" near Perryville, Texas. Some of his more famous songs include "Crazy Arms," "Heartaches By the Numbers," "City Lights," and "Danny Boy." He was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1996.
Price hit Nashville in the early 1950s, rooming for a short time with Hank Williams. When Williams died, Price took over Williams' band, the Drifting Cowboys, and had minor success. He was the first artist to have a hit with "Release Me" (1953), a song made famous by Engelbert Humperdinck in 1967.
However, Price became one of the stalwarts of the grinding, honky tonk music that became even more popular in the early 1950s with such singers as Hank Williams, Lefty Frizzell, Webb Pierce and others. Price developed the famous "Ray Price Shuffle Beat" that is heard on "Crazy Arms," which served as the beat for many honky-tonk classics since then.
In 1953, Price formed his famous band, the Cherokee Cowboys. Among its members in the late 1950s and early 1960s were Roger Miller, Willie Nelson and Johnny Paycheck. In fact, Miller wrote one of Ray Price's classics in 19...