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Classic Rewind: Ray Price – ‘I Won’t Mention It Again’

8 responses to “Classic Rewind: Ray Price – ‘I Won’t Mention It Again’

  1. Ken January 1, 2016 at 10:51 am

    It still amazes me how a singer that recorded some of country music’s most iconic honky-tonk standards was able to completely change his image and singing style. You would never think that the guy in the clip below would one day become a middle-of-the-road singer like Tony Bennett surrounded by symphony orchestras and vocal choruses.

  2. luckyoldsun January 1, 2016 at 6:22 pm

    Well, plenty of pop singers have “Gone Country” when pop was no longer “happening” for them, so what’s wrong with a country singer “Going Pop”? Yeah, I know Waylon said he couldn’t do that with a mouthful of firecrackers.
    Come to think of it, Ray Price’s M-o-R pop records were hits on country radio in the ’70s. I don’t know how much play they got in any other formats.

    • Ken January 1, 2016 at 7:20 pm

      You completely missed my point as usual. (No surprise there)
      It was not that Ray was “going pop” per se’. (And he didn’t change because he was no longer scoring country hits) It was that he did a total makeover of himself. He changed his style of singing, his musical arrangements and even his appearance & wardrobe. It’s as though he became an entirely different person. He wasn’t a former country singer that sang pop songs. He transformed himself into a pop style singer and he sounded great. An amazing metamorphosis. I can’t think of any other country singer that has successfully done that.

      Six of Price’s early 1970’s singles did enter the pop charts. “For The Good Times” was his most successful one peaking at #11.

      • luckyoldsun January 2, 2016 at 10:14 pm

        I don’t think I missed your point, but I don’t care to argue with you about it.
        As far as the wardrobe, I noticed that most of the rhinestone-“Nudie”-suit-wearing Opry stars from those ’50’s clips completely changed their wardrobes in the ’60s and ’70s–Faron Young, Marty Robbins, Webb Pierce and Mel Tillis also wore business or leisure suits in the ’60’s/’70s–though Price probably dressed the most conservatively of all of them. Price, in the ’70s, looks like he could be going to a corporate board meeting in New York City.
        The Nudie suits tend to look a bit dorky. The one guy who really looks sharp–and even cool–in those suits is Porter Wagoner. Maybe that’s why he kept wearing ’em.

        • Ken January 3, 2016 at 9:39 am

          To be clear Ray changed his appearance during the mid-1960’s when Nudie suits and western styled clothing were still being worn by many country singers. The point is that he did that in conjunction with changing his musical and vocal style

          Back in the 1950’s & 60’s Nudie suits were seen as very cool and an essential part of a country singer’s onstage presentation. They were not viewed as “dorky” back then. Most styles and trends eventually do go out of style but you can’t view everything through today’s prism. What is seen as cool today will not be so tomorrow. But that does not make it “dorky.” I would rather see a country singer onstage dressed in a Nudie suit than what many of them wear today. Most look like they just walked out of a biker bar and haven’t bathed in a while. No self respecting country act back in the day would walk onstage in tee shirts and torn clothing sporting ridiculous tattoos. Today’s alleged country singers lack of respect for their onstage clothing and appearance reflects the shallowness of their music.

      • luckyoldsun January 3, 2016 at 1:22 pm

        Well, now you’re the one doing the stereotyping. I’d hardly say that Blake Shelton, Dierks Bentley, Thomas Rhett or Luke Bryan look like they’re unwashed. If anything, the knock on a lot of these guys is that they’re “designer grunge.”

  3. Paul W Dennis January 3, 2016 at 2:53 am

    After 1970, Ray’s songs would get played randomly on a wide variety of radio stations, even if not actually charting within a particular genre. I heard Ray on country, easy listening and even R&B stations into the mid-1980s

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