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Classic Rewind: Ray Price – ‘Night Life’

One response to “Classic Rewind: Ray Price – ‘Night Life’

  1. Ken July 1, 2015 at 10:19 am

    Excellent clip Hope! Ray often seemed unemotional on stage – perhaps “mellow” might be more accurate if you know what I mean. But on this occasion he seems to be having a really great time with his fans and enjoying himself.

    Buddy Emmons played steel guitar on Price’s original 1963 Columbia recording. Often when the arrangement of a song is altered from the familiar recorded version it can be rather unsatisfying. However the song benefits from the brisker tempo and a lively string chorus. Emmons is brilliant on this performance too.

    “Night Life” became a standard for Ray though it was not one of his bigger chart successes. First released as the title track for Ray’s 1963 album then later that year it was issued as the flip side to the “Make The World Go Away” single [#2 in 1963] “Night Life” charted on it’s own merit but spent only two weeks on the Billboard chart peaking at #28. Nevertheless it became a fan favorite and remained on Ray’s concert set-list for most of his career. Of course it’s also a permanent fixture on writer Willie Nelson’s shows too.

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