Country music's "Cherokee Cowboy" has died. Pay Price's family confirmed Monday that the singer had passed away -- roughly 24 hours after his death had been mistakenly announced. Price had been battling pancreatic cancer. His death comes just a few weeks before his birthday. Ray would have turned 88 on January 12th. The Country Music Hall of Famer started his lengthy and successful career in the late 1940s after leaving the U.S. Marine Corps. He began singing on the radio in his home state of
By the mid-'50s Price began to make his own mark. He scored his first chart-topper in 1956 with "Crazy Arms," which features the honky tonk shuffle known as the "Ray Price beat." Ray remained a top ten fixture on the country charts for the next 20 years with such classics as "City Lights," "Heartaches By The Numbers," "The Same Old Me," and "For The Good Times" -- which earned him his first Grammy Award. By the 1980s his chart success began to fade -- his last Billboard top ten was 1981's "Diamonds in the Stars." But Price continued his recording career into the 21st century, making country and gospel albums. His last studio project was "Last of the Breed," a collaborative effort with Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard. In addition to Grammys, Price has earned Country Music Association and
Stars Expressing Admiration For Ray Price
Country stars are starting to express their love, respect, and admiration for the late Ray Price. Reba McEntire tweets that we are "so blessed to have had his beautiful voice all these years," and that she'll "always be a huge fan." Josh Turner shares that "the world of music will surely miss the smooth voice of the Cherokee Cowboy," while Rodney Atkins references the opening line to Price's hit "Heartaches By The Number" as he tweets, "Heartache #1 was when we lost Ray Price!" Alan Jackson says "we've lost another Country Great," and James Otto offers, "If you make it to 87 years old and accomplish half as much as Ray did you lived a full life." Ray Price died Monday following a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer.
Florida Georgia Line's Brian Kelley is a married man. People.com says the country star and his bride, Brittney Cole, exchanged vows in a small ceremony Monday at the singer's home in
Kelley says he and Brittney want to have kids -- eventually. He explains that his life is just "too crazy" right now to start a family. However, Brian says they are planning on getting a dog next year.
Wynonna Accused Of Putting Tracker On Ashley Judd's Car
Actress Ashley Judd claims a tracking device discovered on her car last month was the work of her sister, Wynonna. ABC News says the police report of the incident shows that Ashley told two different police officers she believed the country singer was behind the wireless GPS. The report also states that Ashley and Wy are involved in an "ongoing custody dispute" over the car's unnamed female driver. Ashley claimed that she "had custody" of the driver, and that the device was an attempt to "track their movement." The Tennessee police investigation led to a private investigator who was "working for Wynonna Judd," who allegedly gave the device to Wy who passed it along to her ex-husband Arch Kelley, who is said to have placed it on Ashley's car. Kelley is denying any involvement in the matter.
While Wy isn't commenting to ABC, TMZ.com says the singer has admitted to installing the device. Her lawyer reportedly told police that the driver was Wy's daughter, and that she's trying to keep track of the girl's whereabouts. According to ABC, authorities are no longer actively pursuing the matter.
Taylor Swift On List Of Possible Oscar Contenders
Taylor Swift could get more recognition for her contribution to the film "One Chance." "Sweeter Than Fiction" is among the 75 tracks eligible for an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song.
Swift will find out if she makes the cut when the Oscar nominees are announced on January 16th. The 86th Academy Awards ceremony will take place at the Dolby Theater in
Chris Young Unveils New Single
Chris Young is ready with his next single. The country star is following "Aw Naw" with the ballad "Who I Am With You." Chris says he "fell completely in love" with the song the moment he heard it, and he knew he "had to have it" for his album. The singer explains that it's "a song that speaks to being totally in love with someone and the feelings you get from a connection like that." "Who I Am With You" is the second release from Young's latest album, "A.M." Chris will debut "Who I Am With You" on "A Home For The Holidays," a TV special highlighting adoption airing on CBS Wednesday night at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.
Tyler Farr Celebrates Chart-Topping Song With Gun Purchase
Country star Tyler Farr says he treated himself to something special when his single "Redneck Crazy" went to number one.
But while the gun is a popular weapon against grizzly bears in
Keith Urban Shares Christmas Memories
Keith Urban says when he was a kid he loved Christmas. But the country star admits the holiday always went by too quickly.
But Keith says they found other ways to occupy their time. He explains that in
Celebrity Birthdays Include
Country star Tracy Byrd is 47.
Today In Country Music History
Today in 1955, Carl Perkins laid the groundwork for the song "Blue Suede Shoes," reportedly on a paper bag in the early morning hours while he was suffering with a severe bout of insomnia.
Today in 1983, the Judds debuted on the chart with their first single, "Had A Dream (For the Heart)."
Today in 1993, the single "I Don't Call Him Daddy" by Doug Supernaw topped the country charts.
Today in 1996, two of Charlie Daniels' band members showed real dedication by scheduling outpatient operations to coincide with a procedure Charlie was having. Bass player Charlie Hayward had a tonsillectomy and drummer Jack Gavin underwent shoulder surgery on the same day and at the same hospital that Charlie had both knees realigned. Coordinating the medical work kept the band from having to cancel any tour dates.
Today in 1999, Garth Brooks was named "Country Star of the Century" by "People" magazine.
Today in 1999, cowboy singer Rex Allen died after being hit by a car in his driveway in
Today in 2000, Lonestar's Dean Sams and his wife, Kim, welcomed their son, Bryson Dean Sams.
Today in 2002, Brad Paisley made a guest appearance on ABC's "According to Jim" starring Jim Belushi and Kimberly Williams -- who later became
Today in 2005, Ralph Stanley and Marty Stuart were among the performers at the 17th annual Christmas Jam, a charity event hosted by Gov't Mule's Warren Haynes in
Today in 2006, Katrina Elam sang the national anthem before the football game at Lambeau Field when the Green Bay Packers hosted the Detroit Lions.
Today in 2007, Carrie Underwood was named the number one best selling female artist of 2007 across all musical genres, as well as the Top Country Artist, Top Female Country Artist, and Top Country Album Artist by "Billboard." Meanwhile, "Billboard" and "Radio & Records" named Jason Michael Carroll the Top New Country Artist.
Today in 2007, Blake Shelton began his run on NBC's "Clash of the Choirs." For the four-night TV singing competition Blake joined Patti LaBelle, Michael Bolton, Kelly Rowland, and Nick Lachey in assembling and leading amateur vocal ensembles from their hometowns in vying for a 250-thousand-dollar prize for charities in their community. Miranda Lambert, her mom and sister, and his mom were among those in the audience cheering on Team Shelton, whose debut number was Tom Cochrane's "Life is a Highway" -- a song that was also a hit for Rascal Flatts.
Today in 2007, Ricky Skaggs, Amy Grant, Grand Ole Opry stars The Whites, and Collin Raye were among those who performed at "Red Cross Night at the Ryman: A Celebration of Volunteers." Top volunteers were recognized with awards at the event, which took place in
Today in 2012, Darius Rucker was in
Today in 2012, Taylor Swift's "Red" took fifth place on "Billboard's" list of the "10 Best Albums of 2012: Critics' Picks." She was the only country artist on the list.
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