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No. 52: Ray Price, ‘For the Good Times’ – Top 100 Country Songs

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‘For the Good Times’ was written by legendary songwriter Kris Kristofferson in 1970. Ray Price, an old-time country singer who had his hey-day in the 1940s and ’50s, sang an unforgettable version of the sad country ballad. By the ’60s, Price had become a gospel singer, but his rendition of Kristofferson’s song made him a stalwart of classic country music.

This Top 100 Country Songs entry marked Price’s return to the charts — it was his first No. 1 hit in 11 years. ‘For the Good Times’ jump-started the singer’s career, and he went on to record three more No. 1 singles in 1970. Today, Price is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and he continues to tour and sing, even though he is in his 80s.

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