Charley Pride

Born Mar 18, 1938

Charley Frank Pride is an American country music singer, musician/guitarist, recording artist, performer, and business owner. His greatest musical success came in the early-to-mid 1970s when he became the best-selling performer for RCA Records since Elvis Presley. In total, he has garnered 39 No.  1 hits on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Charley Pride.


1938 Birth Born on March 18, 1938.


1952 14 Years Old In his early teens, Pride began playing guitar. Though he also loved music, one of Pride's lifelong dreams was to become a professional baseball player. In 1952, he pitched for the Memphis Red Sox of the Negro American League.
1953 15 Years Old He pitched well, and in 1953, he signed a contract with the Boise Yankees, the Class C farm team of the New York Yankees. … Read More


1958 20 Years Old While he was active in baseball, Pride had been encouraged to join the music business by country stars such as Red Sovine and Red Foley, and was working towards this career. In 1958, in Memphis, Tennessee, Pride visited Sun Studios and recorded some songs. … Read More
1965 27 Years Old Pride was signed to RCA Victor in 1965.
1966 28 Years Old In January 1966, he released his first RCA Victor single, "The Snakes Crawl at Night", which did not chart. … Read More
1967 29 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1967, he became the first black performer to appear at the Grand Ole Opry since harmonica player DeFord Bailey, who was a regular cast member of the Opry from 1925 through 1941, and made a final appearance in 1974.


1969 31 Years Old 1 More Event
Between 1969 and 1971, Pride had eight single records that simultaneously reached No. 1 on the US Country Hit Parade and also charted on the Billboard Hot 100: "All I Have to Offer You (Is Me)", "(I'm So) Afraid of Losing You Again", "I Can't Believe That You've Stopped Loving Me", "I'd Rather Love You", "Is Anybody Goin' to San Antone", "Wonder Could I Live There Anymore?", "I'm Just Me", and "Kiss an Angel Good Mornin'". … Read More
1970 32 Years Old Pride sang the Paul Newman directed film Sometimes a Great Notions main soundtrack song "All His Children" in 1970.
1971 33 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1971, he would release what would become his biggest hit "Kiss an Angel Good Mornin'", a million-selling crossover single that helped Pride land the Country Music Association's prestigious Entertainer of the Year award, as well as Top Male Vocalist. … Read More
1972 34 Years Old The film starred Newman and Henry Fonda and received two Oscar nominations in 1972, one being for the song that Pride sang.
1975 37 Years Old In 1975, Pride's agent sold a 40-date tour package to a United Kingdom booking agent, who onward sold four dates to Dublin-based Irish music promoter Jim Aitkien. … Read More
1976 38 Years Old Pride played the concert in November 1976, with his album song "Crystal Chandeliers" subsequently being released as a single in the UK and Ireland. … Read More


1980 42 Years Old …  He performed the National Anthem before Game 6 of the 1980 World Series as well. Pride met his wife Rozene while he was playing baseball in the southern states. They married in 1956 and have two sons, Kraig and Dion, and a daughter, Angela. … Read More


1994 56 Years Old In 1994 Pride co-wrote (with Jim Henderson) his autobiography, Pride: The Charley Pride Story. … Read More
1997 59 Years Old Pride had a tumor removed from his right vocal cord in 1997 at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.


2009 71 Years Old He returned to the site in February 2009 for a routine checkup and surprised the Arkansas Senate with an unplanned performance of five songs. … Read More
2010 72 Years Old He sang the national anthem before game 5 of the 2010 World Series, played between the Texas Rangers and San Francisco Giants.
2011 73 Years Old 1 More Event
Pride sang the national anthem before game 2 of the 2011 ALCS between the Detroit Tigers & Texas Rangers.
2014 76 Years Old On January 20, 2014 he sang the national anthem and performed at halftime for the Memphis Grizzlies who hosted their 12th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Day. … Read More
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