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.


1934 Birth Born on March 18, 1934.


1952 18 Years Old In 1952, he pitched for the Memphis Red Sox of the Negro American League.
1953 19 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


1956 22 Years Old …  He married Rozene Cohan in 1956. … Read More
1960 26 Years Old 1 More Event
Though hindered by an injury to his throwing arm, Pride played three games for the Missoula Timberjacks of the Pioneer League (a farm club of the Cincinnati Reds) in 1960, and had tryouts with the California Angels (1961) and the New York Mets (1962) organizations, but was not picked up by either team.


Between his smelter job and his music, he made a good living in the Helena area. He moved his wife and son to join him and they lived in Helena until 1967, purchasing their first home there, and with their children Dion and Angela being born at the local hospital.
1969 35 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 36 Years Old Pride sang the Paul Newman directed film Sometimes a Great Notions main soundtrack song "All His Children" in 1970.
1971 37 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


1975 41 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 42 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 46 Years Old …  He performed the National Anthem before Game 6 of the 1980 World Series as well.


1994 60 Years Old In 1994 Pride co-wrote (with Jim Henderson) his autobiography, Pride: The Charley Pride Story. … Read More
1997 63 Years Old Pride had a tumor removed from his right vocal cord in 1997 at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
2009 75 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 76 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 77 Years Old 1 More Event
Pride sang the national anthem before game 2 of the 2011 ALCS between the Detroit Tigers & Texas Rangers. … Read More
2014 80 Years Old 1 More Event
In a 2014 interview, Pride explained, “I would work at the smelter, work the swing shift and then play music,” said Pride. “I’d work 11-7. … Read More
2016 82 Years Old In 2016, Pride was selected as one of 30 artists to perform on "Forever Country", a mash-up track of Take Me Home, Country Roads, On the Road Again and I Will Always Love You which celebrates 50 years of the CMA Awards. 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
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