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Country legend Ray Price has died at 87

Ray Price, who was best known for his “trademark” shuffle beat, has died on Mon., Dec 16. He was 87.

The legendary country star Ray Price has passed away on Mon., Dec. 16 of pancreatic cancer. He was 87.
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Back in 1956, Price’s “Crazy Arms” spent 20 weeks at the top of the charts. The song introduced the style that he became known for, with a four-four beat which was later known as the “Ray Price beat,” and became a staple of the Nashville Sound.

"Ray expanded country music to the masses," Bobby Roberts, Price's agent, said in a written statement. "He was a true gentleman that absolutely cared about his fans."

Price was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame back in 1996. He had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in Nov. 2012.

Some of Ray Price’s most popular songs include “Heartaches by the Number,” “For the Good Times,” “Make the World Go Away” and the above-mentioned “Crazy Arms.”

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