Kenny Price, 56, whose singing and guitar-playing were featured on television's "Hee Haw" program for 14 years, died Aug. 4 at a hospital in Florence, Ky., after a heart attack.
Mr. Price was a lifelong resident of Florence, about 10 miles south of Cincinnati. His family bought him a guitar when he was 5 years old. He was a fixture on the "Midwestern Hayride" show on Cincinnati's WLW radio station for 18 years and was host of the show from 1970 to 1972. He joined "Hee Haw" in 1973, and also was the star of the Nashville Network's "Wish You Were Here" on cable television.
On "Hee Haw," he portrayed Elrod the sheriff and was a member of a quartet that sang a gospel song on every program. On "Wish You Were Here," he drove a motor home to various sites in the country.
Nicknamed the "Round Mound of Sound" in reference to his 240-pound frame, Mr. Price recorded 23 albums and had extensive songwriting credits. Among his hits were "Northeast Arkansas Mississippi County Bootlegger," "Biloxi," and "Walking on New Grass." He also wrote the hit "Tomorrow Night in Baltimore," which was recorded by Roger Miller.