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The brief, 10-track collection American Originals contains several of Ray Price's biggest hits — including "Crazy Arms," "Under Your Spell Again," "Faded Love," "For the Good Times" and "Funny How Time Slips Away" — dividing the album between his '50s honky tonk hits and his '60s countrypolitain singles. American Originals misses many of Price's most famous songs, such as "My Shoes Keep Walking Back to You" and "City Lights," usually at the expense of covers of songs made famous by other vocalists ("Crazy"). And that means, American Originals isn't an ideal collection and only of use to budget-minded, casual fans, and those who want a handful of his latter-day singles; The Essential Ray Price: 1951-1962 is a preferable compilation.


Born: January 12, 1926 in Perryville, TX

Genre: Country

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Ray Price covered -- and kicked up -- as much musical turf as any country singer of the postwar era. He was lionized as the man who saved hard country when Nashville went pop, and vilified as the man who went pop when hard country was starting to call its own name with pride. Actually, he was no more than a musically ambitious singer, always looking for the next challenge for a voice that could bring down roadhouse walls. Circa 1949, Price cut his first record for Bullet in Dallas. In 1951, he was...
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