Ray Price Almost Ready for the Road

Country Music Hall of Fame member Ray Price has most of his strength back after surgery in February for a stomach aneurysm. Following the operation in Houston, Price returned to his ranch in East Texas to recuperate. “He’s fishing, driving himself around and helped deliver a colt the other day,” says manager Jim Doran. The surgery, performed by Red Duke, Willie Nelson’s doctor, forced Price to reschedule approximately 15 dates, Doran said, but he will resume touring with his Cherokee Cowboys in May. A revised itinerary will be available next week. “The surgery was not done on an emergency basis,” Doran explained. “He had a checkup and they found it and urged him to schedule the surgery fairly soon, which he did.” Price released a new album, Prisoner of Love, last year with guest appearances by Mandy Barnett and Junior Brown. He scored his first country hit, “Talk to Your Heart,” in 1952. His recording of “Crazy Arms” was No. 1 for 20 weeks in 1956.