For The Good Times – Ray Price

THIS DAY IN MUSIC……………………………………on September 19th of 1970 Ray Price achieves a #1 Billboard country single with “For The Good Times”. This break-up song was written by Kris Kristofferson and appeared on his 1970 self-titled debut album. Later that year, Ray Price recorded a version of the song, which became his fifth country #1 single and was awarded Song of the Year by the Academy of Country Music. The cut crossed over onto the Billboard Hot 100 peaking at #11. Amongst the other artists to have covered this are Elvis Presley on his 1972 album, Elvis as Recorded live at Madison Square Garden, Perry Como whose version reached #7 on the UK Singles Chart in 1973 and Kristofferson’s close friend and fellow-Highwayman Johnny Cash on his 2010 posthumous American VI: Ain’t No Grave record. “For the Good Times” first appeared on Kristofferson’s debut album. He wrote the first verse and chorus in 1968 while driving from Nashville to the Gulf of Mexico; an early recording of the song was by Bill Nash on Smash Records. Ray Price’s wide-ranging baritone is regarded as among the best male voices of country music, and his innovations, such as propelling the country beat from 2/4 to 4/4, known as the “Ray Price beat”, helped make country music more popular. Some of his well-known recordings include “Release Me”, “Crazy Arms”, “Heartaches by the Number”, “For the Good Times”, “Night Life”, and “You’re the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me”. He was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1996. Price continued to record and tour well into his mid-eighties. He passed away in 2013.