Remembering Texas native country singer Ray Price
TYLER, TEXAS (KETK) — We continue to remember country singer legend Ray Price, he has touched many East Texans with his music and heart.
His voice is heard all over Texas and his dear Tom Perryman from 104.1 FM The Ranch says, he's truly missed.
"Ray Price is one of the best things that ever happened to what I call our music over sixty consecutive years and seven decades," said Perryman.
We visited Tom Perryman during his live radio show as he aired a Ray Price Tribute.
"Ray Price who passed away yesterday at 4:43 at his ranch in Mount Pleasant," said Perryman. The country singer legend lost his battle to pancreatic cancer at the age 87 .
"We've become very good friends, he's been here on the air a lot of times and we've previewed his latest releases," said Perryman. He tells us he's met many great county singers, but there was nothing like his Ray Prices music.
He was loved by everyone in the business in the business end of it and the listeners and by everybody. Perryman says talked about the memorable hits "She's Got to be a Saint" and "You're the Best Thing That Ever Happened To".
Perryman says, one of his favorite Ray Price songs is "How Great Thou Art".
He was in touch with Ray Price and his family prior to his passing and he says, Ray Price wanted to give a gift to his fans, which is a letter to his fans.
Perryman read the letter on-air:
"Ray wanted to give a final message to his fans, "I love my fans and I have devoted my life to reaching out to them I appreciate their support all these years and I hope I haven't let them down, I'm at peace, I love Jesus, and I'm going to be just fine, don't worry.... don't worry about me I'll see you again one day... that is Ray Price."
KETK stayed until the end of the radio show and Tom Perryman ended the show by saying...
"And that's it for today for a special tribute."