Ray Price is obviously the guiding force, mentor, and most covered entertainer in real country music today. I saw him in Long Beach California 45 years ago, and need to see him again today.
Ray Price has Googled, Twittered, YouTubed, Facebooked, Myspaced, reviewed, watched, and heard for years. I have most of his recordings, and greatly admire the man. We are both former Marines. I talked to him on Eddie Kilroy’s show, back before they ruined XM-13.
Today I feature a different Ray Price song. It has been covered by a few artists, but may not be a song that comes to mind when you think of Ray. The song is “A Different Kind Of Flower” from 1977, released on Dot Records.
The song is found on Ray Price’s “Reunited” album. Here are the words:
She came down from Boston
To be closer to her mother
And try to taste a little of country life.
She was her mother’s only daughter
From a good school where they taught her
How to walk and talk and fold a napkin right.
I was boots and Levis born
For drivin’ cows and plantin’ corn
And anything that sparkled caught my eye.
She was a different kind of flower,
Nothin’ like my country clover,
But I figured I could touch her if I tried.
I only meant to touch her
Just one time and let her go,
But touchin’ her was lovin’ her
And how was I to know that she’d
Be the kind of flower
Calloused hands would never hold.
While I was reachin’ for her body,
She was reachin’ for my soul.
She went back to Boston,
My soul is all it cost me,
Just to touch her,
Now I wish I’d never tried.
She was a different kind of flower
And after havin’ known her
I just can’t keep country clover
On my mind…
Other songs on the album track list include:
01. Different Kind of Flower
02. My Shoes Keep Walking Back to You
03. Storms Never Last
04. We Go Back
05. Pick Me Up on Your Way Down
06. I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight
07. Mornin’ After Baby Let Me Down
08. Don’t Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes
09. You Done Me Wrong
10. I’ll Be There
This tracklist helps you locate “A Different Kind Of Flower” by Ray Price. It also helps you locate Ray Price’s “Reunited” album from 1977.
As for Ray himself, – Bless you my friend, and Semper Fi
– The Country Classics Real Traditional Country Music
Do You Remember How Keith Whitley Died?
Keith Whitley’s career was tragically cut short, but it gave him just enough time to make his mark on country music. From his first single’s release in 1984 to his untimely death in 1989, Whitley scored 19 hit singles.
Whitley’s alcoholism was known through much of the country music community, and after he married Lorrie Morgan, she tried to help the singer overcome his addiction. The news of Whitley’s death on May 9, 1989 shook the country world, especially when the cause of death was discovered to be his alcohol dependency. He had reportedly spent the weekend partying and was then found at home fully clothed and face down, dead from alcohol poisoning. Whitley was only 34 years old when he died.
Before his death, Whitley made a name for himself in country music with songs including “Don’t Close Your Eyes” and “When You Say Nothing at All.” His first song to climb into the Top 20 was “Miami, My Amy” in 1986. “Don’t Close Your Eyes” was Whitley’s very first No. 1 hit and was quickly followed by several others. “When You Say Nothing at All,” “I’m No Stranger to the Rain,” “I Wonder Do You Think of Me” and “It Ain’t Nothin'” were all No. 1 hits soon after his first.
Whitley’s musical legacy continued well past his lifespan. His final studio album was released just a few short months after his death. I Wonder Do You Think of Me scored two No. 1 hits with the title track and “It Ain’t Nothin’.” Stars including Alan Jackson, Tracy Lawrence and Alison Krauss got together for a tribute album to Whitley in 1994, which saw Krauss scoring her first chart hit with “When You Say Nothing at All.” Morgan also helped to restore Whitley’s album Wherever You Are Tonight in 1995.
George Jones Saved His Career With A No 1 Song?
George Jones was down and out in country music as 1980 dawned, but by the end of the year he would be bigger than ever thanks to one very special song.
The country legend scored a string of classic hits throughout the ’60s and early ’70s that included “Window Up Above,” “She Thinks I Still Care,” “The Race Is On” and “The Grand Tour.” But by the mid-1970s Jones’ alcohol and drug abuse, coupled with a troubled history of marriages and a penchant for missing shows, had badly damaged his career, and he was widely considered a has-been in country music.
That changed with the release of “He Stopped Loving Her Today” in April of 1980. Its sorrowful tale of a man who keeps his vow to love a woman who left him all the way until his death, coupled with an uncanny vocal performance from Jones and a sweeping string arrangement from producer Billy Sherrill, shot the song to the top of the country charts for an astonishing 18 weeks, becoming the signature song of Jones’ long career.
Ironically, Jones did not like “He Stopped Loving Her Today” when Sherrill played it for him and actively tried to sabotage the recording by refusing to learn the melody, reportedly singing the melody to Kris Kristofferson’s “Help Me Make It Through the Night” as he was recording the words. Sherrill also stated that Jones was in such bad shape that his performance had to be cut in sections, with the spoken word recitation recorded a year and a half after much of the rest of his performance.
Jones’ angry assessment that “Nobody will buy that morbid son of a bitch” is one of the most famously incorrect predictions in country music history, and while the song reignited his career and helped pave the way for a string of subsequent hits in the ’80s, he continued to struggle with drugs and alcohol even as he won a Grammy for Best Male Country Vocal Performance in 1980. “He Stopped Loving Her Today” went on to win ACM Awards for Single and Song of the Year, as well as CMAs for Song of the Year in both 1980 and 1981.
Jones married his fourth wife, Nancy Sepulveda, in 1983, and with her help, he also eventually kicked drugs and alcohol and rebuilt his career and finances. In the end, “He Stopped Loving Her Today” not only rescued his career, it elevated it; the song is widely considered one of the most important country recordings of all time, and since 2008 it has been preserved in the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress.
Big Names For Daryle Singletary Tribute Concert
Alison Krauss, Chris Young, Jamey Johnson & More to Perform
Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium will host a tribute concert on March 27 in honor of Daryle Singletary, who died unexpectedly on Feb. 12 at his home in Lebanon, Tennessee. Daryle had a string of Top 10 hits in the mid-1990s with “I Let Her Lie,” “Too Much Fun” and “Amen Kind of Love.
Those slated to perform at the Daryle Singletary Keepin’ It Country Tribute include Darryl Worley, Rhonda Vincent, Chris Young, Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson, Jeff and Sheri Easter, Andy Griggs, Ben Hayslip, Jamey Johnson, Alison Krauss, Mo Pitney, Pete Schlegel, Josh Turner and Curtis Wright. The event will be hosted by Eddie Stubbs.
The tribute is free and open to the public. Daryle is survived by his wife, Holly, two sons, Jonah and Mercer, and two daughters, Nora and Charlotte. An online fundraiser on YouCaring.com has been organized by Franklin Synergy Bank for Daryle’s family. More than $16,000 has been raised so far.
49 Years Ago: Lester Flatt And Earl Scruggs Split Up
10 Years Later a Reunion was discussed But Flatt passed away later that same year
Forty-nine years ago today (March 11, 1969) was a sad day for Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs: It was on that date that the men, together known as the bluegrass duo Flatt and Scruggs, split up, ending a musical partnership that spanned 25 years.
Flatt and Scruggs first began playing together in 1945, as part of another band, but in 1948, they launched out on their own, along with their band, known as the Foggy Mountain Boys. The duo remained a mainstay on the charts for the next several years, with hits such as “‘Tis Sweet to Be Remembered” and “The Ballad of Jed Clampett,” the latter of which was the theme song for the TV show The Beverly Hillbillies.
“The Ballad of Jed Clampett” sparked a new wave of popularity for the duo, who then became sought after for TV and movie appearances. Their music was heard in the 1967 film Bonnie and Clyde, further growing their popularity. Unfortunately, Flatt and Scruggs had differing opinions about the future of their music: Flatt wanted to remain true to their bluegrass roots, while Scruggs wanted to follow more mainstream sounds. Because of these differences, they parted ways in 1969. Following their split, Flatt formed a bluegrass band, Nashville Grass, while Scruggs formed the contemporary-sounding Earl Scruggs Revue.
Ten years later, in 1979, the men began discussing a reunion. Unfortunately, Flatt passed away later that year. Flatt and Scruggs were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1985. Their Foggy Mountain Boys were immortalized in the 2000 blockbuster film O Brother, Where Art Thou?, which featured a band named the Soggy Bottom Boys as a tribute to their iconic music.
The country icon earned the nickname “No Show Jones”
Remember When George Jones Was Scared Straight By A Life-Changing Accident?
George Jones was one of country music’s most legendary hell-raisers, but he finally straightened out toward the end of his life after a car accident that hospitalized him and could have taken his life. Jones had a huge early career, but by the late ’70s he was almost as well known for his partying as he was for his music. The country icon earned the nickname “No Show Jones” for his habit of simply not showing up for concerts he had scheduled, and by the time he met his fourth wife, Nancy, in 1981, his career was significantly diminished and he was practically financially ruined.
She set about trying to rescue both his career and his personal life, and in fact, Jones was able to turn his career and reputation around. By the ’90s he was well-regarded as country music’s elder statesman, but behind the scenes, he was still struggling with alcohol.
That struggle came to a head on March 6, 1999, when Jones was involved in a single-car accident near his home in the Nashville suburb of Franklin, Tenn. He hit a bridge in his SUV and suffered a lacerated liver, punctured lung and internal bleeding. Jones spent 13 days in the hospital, and though it was originally reported that he had been on the phone at the time and alcohol did not play a role, investigators found a pint bottle of vodka under his passenger seat that had previously been opened. Jones later pleaded guilty to charges of driving while impaired and violating Tennessee’s open container law, and in a press conference afterward, he took full responsibility for his actions.
Jones would later recall that incident as the turning point in his sobriety, and said he had even given up smoking after the terrifying ordeal. In an interview with Nashville’s Tennessean after his death, Nancy Jones said it was miraculous to her after 18 years of trying to get him sober. She said Jones made a deal with God after the accident.
“He said, ‘God if you let me get over this, I’ll never touch a cigarette or liquor again,'” she recalled. “I was warm all over. This time he meant it.” She says Jones was sober for the rest of his life, until his death in 2013.
Country Music Singer And TV Host Ronnie Prophet Dies At 80
Ronnie Prophet, a Canadian country music singer who rose to fame in the 1970s via his music as well as his work on various variety TV shows, died Friday (Mar. 2) morning, according to a post made by a family spokesperson on his Facebook page.
He was 80. Prophet, a member of the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame, recorded more than 25 albums and charted five singles during the 1970s on the Billboard Country charts. He won Juno awards for country male vocalist of the year in both 1978 and 1979.
The singer began his career at age 15 in his native Canada, eventually relocating to the United States in the ’60s. However, he remained prominent in his homeland, hosting Canadian network variety shows Country Roads, The Ronnie Prophet Show and Grand Old Country through the ’70s. The shows featured his talent as a one-man act, combining music and comedy. He also hosted prominent special guests, including Dolly Parton, George Jones, Hank Williams Jr., and other legendary country names.
Prophet’s wife, Glory-Anne, who recorded a string of duets with her husband, wrote on social media of his passing: “There are no words to express the heartache of losing my best friend and the love of my life. Ronnie’s sense of humor has sustained me through the years no matter the circumstances even to the very last.” She shared that Prophet passed away while listening to Chet Atkins’ music. “His passion for music was part of who he was and it was always his wish to keep people smiling wherever he went.”
Let’s Remember The Country Greats Who Died In 2017
2017 saw the loss of several key figures in country music, and one of the most shocking deaths in recent memory.
The deaths in country music in 2017 included influential country songwriters, two members of the same legendary band and a number of celebrated musicians who were key players in the careers of other musicians. We also saw the loss of several all-time country greats who were elder statesmen of the genre, as well as the tragic early death of a country star who was considered a personal friend to many in country music.
Scroll through the photos below to look back on the lives and careers of all of the country artists who have died in 2017:
Rock Icon Tom Petty Has Died at 66
Wrote and Recorded Such Hits as “Won’t Back Down,” “You Don’t Know How It Feels”
Rock legend Tom Petty has died. Petty was hospitalized on Sunday (Oct. 1) at the UCLA Santa Monica Hospital after being found unconscious and in full cardiac arrest at his Malibu home. His website confirmed his death shortly before midnight on Monday (Oct. 2). He was 66.
Petty clung to life for several hours after CBS-TV and other news outlets announced he had died. Born Thomas Earl Petty Oct. 20, 1950 in Gainesville, Florida, he was only 11 years old when he determined to make a life in music after meeting Elvis Presley on the set of Follow That Dream. Subsequently seeing the Beatles perform on the Ed Sullivan Show reinforced his musical ambitions, he told interviewers. Petty dropped out of high school at 17 to help form the band Mudcrutch, members of which would later come together as the Heartbreakers. The group released its first album in 1977. That same year their single “Breakdown” gave them their first hit.
Over the next 40 years as a bandleader, band member and soloist Petty would sell more than 80 million records worldwide. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.
Known for writing such popular hits as “Won’t Back Down,” “American Girl” and “You Don’t Know How It Feels,” Petty released three solo albums and 13 albums with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. He was also a member of the 1980s supergroup the Traveling Wilburys with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Roy Orbison and Jeff Lynne. Apart from performing and recording, Petty was also a producer, occasional movie and TV actor and radio host. He also performed for several charity projects, among them the Live Aid famine relief concert in 1985 and America: A Tribute to Heroes for victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
At the time of his death he had just completed the 2017 40th anniversary tour with his band The Heartbreakers with a three-night stand at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.
Petty’s work has made an indelible impact on modern music, including the country genre. Chris Stapleton often credits Petty’s 1994 album Wildflowers as one that has significantly impacted his songwriting. In 1996, Petty and the Heartbreakers backed Johnny Cash on the Rick Rubin-produced album Unchained, which won Cash a Grammy for best country album.
In February, George Strait, Don Henley and Lucinda Williams were among the artists who performed at the Recording Academy’s 2017 Musicares Person of the Year honoring Petty’s contributions to music.
Country Artist Troy Gentry Dies In Helicopter Crash
Troy Gentry 50, of award-winning duo Montgomery Gentry Dies in Helicopter Crash
The crash occurred Friday afternoon (Sept. 8) at Flying W Airport in Medford, New Jersey, near where the duo was scheduled to perform that night. Sources confirmed to LEX 18 that Gentry was killed in the crash and that another passenger was also dead. That passenger’s identity has not been released, but sources have confirmed it was not Eddie Montgomery.
The news was confirmed via a statement posted to the duo’s official Facebook page.
“It is with great sadness that we confirm that Troy Gentry, half of the popular country duo, Montgomery Gentry, was tragically killed in a helicopter crash which took place at approximately 1:00pm today in Medford, New Jersey,” the statement reads. “The duo was scheduled to perform tonight at the Flying W Airport & Resort in Medford. Troy Gentry was 50 years old. Details of the crash are unknown. Troy Gentry’s family wishes to acknowledge all of the kind thoughts and prayers, and asks for privacy at this time.”
Montgomery Gentry is one of country music’s most beloved duos. The Grand Ole Opry members are best-known for songs such as “Something to Be Proud Of,” “My Town,” and “Back When I Knew It All.”