Houston Chronicle Features Ray Price

The 9513 returned after a brief outage (hyew!) to draw my attention to this great article from the Houston Chronicle featuring country music legend Ray Price. Here’s a taste:

Price’s early notoriety was as a wingman, of sorts, for Hank Williams. They met in 1951 and became fast friends and roommates, drinking buddies and tour partners. Price would stand in when Williams was too drunk to perform. Williams got Price on the Grand Ole Opry. Price calls Williams “a great cat, down to earth.”

They were supposed to meet for lunch on the New Year’s Day, 1953, that news broke of Williams’ death. Price had seen him a few weeks earlier.

“He was pretty low. He was really depressed over his marriage and he slowly went (crazy). But he was a nice guy. Twenty-nine when he died. And he died at the top of the heap.”

One thought on “Houston Chronicle Features Ray Price

  1. March 11, 2008 at 2:34 pm


    Another great honky tonk musician I thought of as I read this post and the story about Ray Price was Faron Young. Just love their music!

    He also suffered from depression (and alcoholism) and died too young. I read a fantastic biography of him recently. Couldn’t put it down — title is “Live Fast, Love Hard: The Faron Young Story.” It made me laugh and cry reading about his life and music.

    Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.


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