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Country Music Hall of Fame
-- inducted 2000
Grand Ole Opry Member
-- since 1993
Charley Pride is one of Country Music's Premier Artists.
Born to sharecroppers as one of eleven children in Sledge, Mississippi,
Pride is a timeless everyman revered by his peers and adored by countless millions of fans
around the globe. His golden baritone voice has transcended race and spanned the
Charley Pride unofficially started his music career in
the late 1950's as a ballplayer with the Negro American League's Memphis Red Sox singing
and playing guitar on the team bus between ballparks. Self-taught on a guitar bought at
the age of 14 from Sears Roebuck, Pride would join various bands onstage as he and the
team roved the country.
After a tryout with the New York Mets, Pride decided to return to his
Montana home via Nashville. It was there he met Jack Johnson, who upon hearing the singer
perform, sent him on his way with the promise of a management contract and a newly forged
relationship that would last for over a decade.
Over the next thirty years, Pride's popularity has increased
dramatically and to this day he remains one of the Top 20 best-selling country artists of
all-time. His incredible legacy includes 36 #1 hits, more than 35 million albums sold, 31
gold and 4 platinum albums including one quadruple platinum. On RCA Records, Charley
Pride is second in sales only to Elvis Presley!
Dozens of Pride's chart-toppers now stand as modern classics. "Kiss
An Angel Good Morning" went on to be a million-selling crossover single and helped
Pride land Country Music Association Awards as Entertainer of the Year in
1971 and Top Male Vocalist in 1971 and 1972.
On May 1, 1993, Pride accepted a long-standing invitation to join the
Grand Ole Opry, 26 years after he first played there as a guest, the first
African-American in its more than 70 year history.
In January 1996, Charley Pride was honored with a Trumpet
Award by Turner Broadcasting, marking outstanding African-American Achievement.
In between, his "Roll on Mississippi" was considered as the official song of his
home state, a stretch of Mississippi highway was named for him, and he headlined a special
Christmas performance for President and Mrs. Clinton at the White House.
Awards include --
- TNN/Music City News Living Legend 1997
- American Music Awards Favorite Male Artist 1977
- American Music Awards Favorite Album 1974
- American Music Awards Favorite Male Artist 1974
- Music City News Country Male Artist of the Year 1973
- CMA Male Vocalist of the Year 1972
- Grammy Best Male Country Vocal Performance 1972
- Music City News Country Male Artist of the Year 1972
- CMA Entertainer of the Year 1971
- CMA Male Vocalist of the Year 1971
- Music City News Country Male Artist of the Year 1971
- Music City News Country Male Artist of the Year 1970
- Music City News Country Male Artist of the Year 1969
Hit songs include --
- (I'm So) Afraid of Losing You Again
- All I Have to Offer You Is Me
- Amazing Love
- Don't Fight The Feelings Of Love
- Honky Tonk Blues
- Hope You're Feelin' Me (Like I'm Feelin' You)
- I Can't Believe That You've Stopped Loving Me
- I'd Rather Love You
- I'll Be Leaving Alone
- I'm Just Me
- Is Anybody Goin' to San Antone
- It's Gonna Take A Little Bit Longer
- Kiss An Angel Good Mornin'
- More To Me
- Mountain Of Love
- My Eyes Can Only See As Far As You
- Never Been So Loved (In All My Life)
Charley Pride may be available for your next special event!
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.Pop. / xPop
.Country-Pop. / CountryPop
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Born: ..in Mississippi / born nMississippi
Born: ..in Sledge / born SledgeMS
Born: Mar 18, 1938
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Based: ..in Dallas / based DallasTX