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February 13

Ray Price Can Definitely Keep the “City Lights” Shinin’

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“I am touched and deeply moved by your love and prayers and good wishes. You all have moved me to tears!” this was Ray Price’s last message posted on Facebook before his death on December 16, 2013. The 87-year-old Country Music Hall of Famer Ray Price had a chance to send a message to his fans from his Facebook page site, via his wife, Janie Price. To remember, Price had been in and out of hospitals for several times before he finally paved goodbye to this world. In the late 2012, he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He must have realized he was dying, therefore he spent the rest of his last days sharing words of wisdom.

“I have dedicated my entire life to country music and my fans. To have folks like you supporting me still after 60 years is more than any artist could ever dream of.” – This was Price’s one of his last message to his fans who have been supporting him all the way.  Price spent a total of 65 glorious years in the entertainment and show business. He covered, and kicked up as much musical turf as any country singer of the postwar era. He was one of those brave artists who saved real country when Nashville went pop. Ironically, his music tried to explore the pop world when country was starting to call its own name with pride. He had the attitude of looking for the next challenge with his voice that could bring down roadhouse walls. He earned a total of 6 number one hits that marked the chart.

Ray Price Can Definitely Keep the "City Lights" Shinin' 1

City Lights brought success not just to the singer but also the songwriter

Ray Price topped the chart with “City Light” twice – in 1958 and 1975. The song was excellently written and arranged by the popular song smith, Bill Anderson. he wrote the song when he was just 19 years old. The song became Price’s earliest major success. Also, the song was officially released in June 1958. Bill Malone, a country music historian commented that “City Lights” depicted a personal isolation and the estrangement of the individual in a world of urban anonymity.


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