Charley Pride is someone I grew up listening to. My parents were fans and I remember hearing his music play all through my years.
He was known for his rich baritone voice and was a country music legend. Charley was born in Sledge, Mississippi on March 18th, 1934.
He originally thought that baseball would be his thing, but ultimately it was his voice and music!
…he emerged as one of the most significant artists at RCA Records, with chart-topping hits including “Kiss An Angel Good Mornin’,” “Is Anybody Goin’ to San Antone,” and “Mountain of Love.” He won the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year award in 1971, its top male vocalist prize in 1971 and 1972, and a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2020.Charley Pride Website
He was country music’s first Black country superstar! And also the first Black member of the Country Music Hall of Fame!
We’re not color blind yet, but we’ve advanced a few paces along the path and I like to think I’ve contributed something to that process.Charley Pride wrote in his memoir
He just performed on November 11th, 2020 during the CMA Awards show at Nashville’s Music Cite Center. He sang “Kiss An Angel Good Mornin'”.
No person of color had ever done what he has done.Darius Rucker in the PBS American Masters film Charley Pride: I’m Just Me
He died today, December 12th, 2020, in Dallas, Texas at the age of 86! He lived a long amazing life and also left us all with a tremendous loss today. It is being reported that he passed from complications due to the coronavirus.