How did Ray Pillow die? Grand Ole Opry Star cause of death Explained

Grand Ole Opry Star Ray Pillow
Grand Ole Opry Star Ray Pillow


Grand Ole Opry Star Ray Pillow has passed away at the age of 85. Let’s see how did the musician die and his cause of death in detail.

How did Ray Pillow die?

American Country music singer-songwriter and Grand Ole Opry star Pillow has sadly passed away on the morning of March 26th, 2023.

Ray died Sunday after diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease several months ago. This sad news has left the country music community in grief.

He was one of the industry’s most underrated vocalists. He was also active in country music’s business aspect. The artist, Jeannie Seely shared the condolences to Pillow on her Facebook page. 

The tribute posted by Jeannie reads,

“This is more heartbreaking news. No one did solid country shuffles better than Ray and the Opry staff band never sounded better than when they played with him. I was usually just offstage listening when he was on and I love all of his family.”

The Grand Ole Opry’s Country Music Star, Ray Pillow will be forever missed by his family members and fans.

Ray Pillow

Who was Ray Pillow?

Ray Pillow left his mark on country music history as both a recording artist and a Nashville music industry executive.

American country music performer Herbert Raymond “Ray” Pillow was born on July 4, 1937. He was a song publisher and an artist and repertoire (A&R) representative. 

The Lynchburg, Virginia, native, Ray served in the US Navy for four years. After completing his military duty, Ray graduated from Lynchburg College with a bachelor’s degree in business.

He formed his own band, The Stardusters, while still in college, and performed for dances in the Lynchburg region while working for a truck sales business.

He has charted 18 times throughout his tenure on the Billboard country singles chart, with his highest-peaking hit being the duet with Jean Shepard, “I’ll Take the Dog,” which peaked at number 9.

Pillow was a Grand Ole Opry member. He was a well-liked musician in classic country television shows like Country’s Family Reunion, which is routinely broadcast in the United States on the RFD-TV network.

He owned a record company through which he published two albums, Ray Pillow Live and his studio effort containing new material, Country Class.

Ray Pillow
Grand Ole Opry Star Ray Pillow

Musical Career:

Ray moved to Nashville in 1961 as a regional champion of the Pet Milk Talent Contest. His performance earned him a guest slot on the Grand Ole Opry despite the fact that he finished second in the national finals. That only fueled his ambition to pursue a career in country music.

In 1965, he released “Take Your Hands Off My Heart” and “Thank You, Ma’am,” his first two singles. By the time his debut album Presenting Ray Pillow was published by Capitol, he had already achieved stardom.

He collaborated with Opry legend Jean Shepard that year on two successes, the Top 10 singles “I’ll Take the Dog” and “Mr. Do-It-Yourself.” He entered the Opry in 1966 after releasing those two songs.

Pillow formed Sycamore Records with Larry McFadden after charting for the final time in 1981 and subsequently worked in Capitol Records’ A&R division.

Volkswagen,” “Common Colds and Broken Hearts,” and “Reconsider Me” are some of Ray’s other top songs. He was inducted into Virginia’s Country Music Hall of Fame in 1994.

Ray has shaped many people’s work lives in addition to his own performing career, including Lee Greenwood. Many of Lee’s top songs, including “God Bless the USA,” the 1985 Country Music Association Song of the Year, were released by his publishing business.

On Music Row, Ray is renowned as a publisher who can pair the ideal artist with the ideal tune and record label.

Ray Pillow cause of death:

Ray Pillow, country music legend has died on Sunday, March 26, 2023. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, a few months ago and passed away at the age of 85.

Pillow has influenced many country musicians around the world with his hit songs. He was remembered as kind and wonderful entertainer.

Fellow music artist, Joe Rucker paid the tribute to Pillow saying,

Saddened by the loss of one of my all-, time favorite country singers, Grand Ole Opry Star. I didn’t get to know Ray well like I did several others of his era, but I did get to talk to him several times over the years. He never got the credit he deserved. Truly one of the smoothest crooner-style voices in recorded history. I wear out his albums on my turntable to this day. His vocals are impeccable. What a loss for real country music fans!”

Tributes flooded social media after the demise news of The famous Country musician broke out.

Condolences to Ray Pillow:

My Kind Of Country posted,

We just received official word that Grand Ole Opry Star Ray Pillow has passed away at 85. Our thoughts and prayers to Ray’s family.

Charlie Daniels tweeted,

Mom and I were saddened to hear about the passing of Grand Ole @Opry great Ray Pillow. Prayers to his family and loved ones. – CD, Jr. and Hazel Daniels.

Russ Varnell posted,

Sad to hear of the Great Grand Ole Opry Country Music Star Ray Pillow passing away today. Ray was always nice to me at my visits to the opry! I even tried to talk him into being on Midnight Jamboree w me last time I hosted but he told me he was retired! He was one great REAL Country singer & could sing a shuffle w the best of them!! RIP Mr Pillow.

Gary Slone posted,

I just received official word that Grand Ole Opry Star has passed away at 85. Another country music legend is gone. Prayers to Ray’s family.

Cindy Jean Smith posted,

When I 1st came to Nashville to audition for Opryland, I went to the Opry. I didn’t know anything about country music. He performed & this ole rocker chick from GA was blown away!!
Rest In Peace, Ray and prayers for your family, friends & fans


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