Source: Singer Ray Price not dead

Published on Sunday, 15 December 2013 18:04 - Written by STEWART SMITH ssmith@tylerpaper.com

Conflicting reports have emerged in the past few hours about the alleged death of famed country singer Ray Price. According to a source close to the family, Price is not dead.

Tom Perryman, an East Texas radio personality and friend close to Price’s family, has confirmed that, while Price is not in good health, he has not yet passed away.

Ray “The Cherokee Cowboy” Price was born in Wood County in 1926. Price became something of a legend in the realm of country music, winning multiple Grammys, received recognition twice by the Academy of Country Music and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1996.

He became a regular at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tenn., and has recorded dozens of albums with almost as many No. 1 singles.

Among his most well-known recordings are “Release Me,” “Crazy Arms,” “Heartaches by Number” and “Danny Boy.” He has been associated with a variety of country musicians such as George Jones, Merle Haggard, Roger Miller, Johnny Paycheck and Willie Nelson, the latter three of whom were in the lineup of his band, The Cherokee Cowboys, in the late 1950s.