Ray Price

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The end of the year seems to bring more heartache than any other time.  Maybe it’s the shorter days, or the colder weather.  Maybe it’s the stress of the holidays.  Maybe it’s just a coincidence.  But there seems to be more deaths this time of year.

Peter O’Toole was just the most famous name.  Yesterday, actors Joan Fontaine and Tom Laughlin passed away.  And today it was announced that Country music legend Ray Price had died after being released to hospice care just a few days ago.

Price was one of those singers who could handle just about any style; his career spanned just about every fad in Country music history.  He recorded songs by Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson, including one of my favorite songs, “Night Life.”  Like all good Country singers, he could break your heart with just a few lines.  He wasn’t one of the singers I seek out, but he was one of those classic voices that helped make Country music what it is today.  My heart goes out to his family and friends.