Nashville pioneer Ray Price dead at 87

Ray Price was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Story highlights

  • The 1956 song "Crazy Arms" introduced what's now dubbed the "Ray Price beat"
  • Price died Monday at age 87 after battling cancer
  • He started singing during veterinary school; Hank Williams took him on tour in 1951
Ray Price, the Nashville star whose trademark "shuffle" beat became a country music staple, has died at age 87, his agent said Monday.
Price's 1956 single "Crazy Arms" spent 20 weeks atop the country charts and introduced a bass-driven, four-four rhythm that became a touchstone of the Nashville sound -- a rhythm later dubbed the "Ray Price beat."
"Ray expanded country music to the masses," Bobby Roberts, Price's agent, said in a written statement. "He was a true ge