Ray Price, 1926-2013

“Country Music Hall of Famer Noble Ray Price, who pioneered a shuffling, rhythmic, honky-tonk sound that has had an impact on country music since the mid-1950s, died Monday, Dec. 16, confirmed Bill Mack, a spokesman for the family…. Through hits including ‘Crazy Arms,’ ‘City Lights,’ ‘My Shoes Keep Walking Back To You’ and many others, Mr. Price’s full, round voice became one of country’s most beloved and instantly identifiable instruments. His expansive musicality allowed him a 65-year career that changed country music and inspired artists including Willie Nelson, George Jones, Merle Haggard and Waylon Jennings.” If you’re looking for a good place to start this is about the best collection of the early stuff you’ll find. Price was 87.