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date: 01 June 2020

Price, (Noble) Ray locked

  • Charles K. Wolfe
  • , revised by Linda J. Daniel


(b Peach, TX, Jan 12, 1926). American country music singer-songwriter and guitarist. He was born in a small Texas community where his family farmed cotton and vegetables. Later they moved to Dallas. His mother eventually remarried, Price spending the school year in the city and summers working on the farm with his father. His opera-loving stepfather encouraged him to study classical voice which he did for six years during his early teens. While in college, he began to sing at Roy’s House Café in Dallas. Price made his first record for Bullet at Jim Beck’s Dallas studio in 1950 and appeared regularly on the Big D Jamboree. Troy Martin of Peer Southern was instrumental in Price being signed to Columbia Records by Don Law in March 1951. That fall he met Hank Williams who became a good friend and invited Price to make his Grand Ole Opry debut. After Williams’s death on New Year’s Day, ...

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