Kenny Ray Hatton “Pure Price”
Songwriter Chilton Price is best known for “You Belong to Me,” her eventual anthem of the 1950’s that some people remember as “See the pyramids along the Nile.” Published by Pee Wee King and Redd Stewart, the song became a #1 hit for Jo Stafford, and has since been “covered” by countless artists. It continues to appear on new recordings and in films, reflecting the song’s timeless appeal a half-century later.
Just as Chilton was beginning to enjoy success, Rock and Roll exploded onto the scene, and publishers became less interested in the style of the “Golden Era” of American Popular Song. Many composers tried to adapt, but Chilton continued to write her tasteful melodies with rich chords and timeless lyrics. She was never tempted to guess the cultural overlap between the members of any generation of eleven- to fifteen-year-old music buyers. True to her art, she wrote, and continues to write songs that express her deep feelings about the events she has enjoyed (and suffered) in her long life. It so happens that those events are similar to the life experiences of the rest of us,
young and old. As a result, she has compiled a body of work that rivals, in both scale and emotional content, the collections of her contemporaries, Gershwin, Berlin, Porter, and Arlen.
Thirteen-year-olds grow up, and when they do, they want their music to tell the stories of their lives, with all the joy and pain, and fun and romance. Chilton’s music achieves that noble purpose, and the eighteen songs included here are a mere “tip of the iceberg.” Her grateful messenger has found her songs to be like women; there’s something beautiful about every single one. (Kenny Ray Hatton)
It wasn’t long after Kenny and I met that I began to recognize his creativity. He wrote quality verses and endings that showed innovative songwriting talent. I offered him a share of copyright and writer’s credit if he would work with me on my music. He has more than earned it.
It should be noted that on several songs to which he contributed minimally or not at all, Kenny refused to allow his name to be listed as a co-writer—although he remains a co-owner, and according to our partnership agreement, could be so listed. Without Kenny’s enthusiasm at the discovery of my long-forgotten piano bench-full, this music would never have
come to light—and I am so grateful! (Chilton Price)
Credits Vocals: Kenny Ray Hatton
Musical Arrangements: David Barrickman, Chilton Price, Walter Latzko, Kenny Ray Hatton
Piano Accompaniment: David Barrickman
Recording Engineer: Phil Stirgwolt; TNT Productions, Louisville
Cover Photography: David Duncan, Jim Miller Photography
Art and Design: Dick Johnson