Charley Pride
American musician
Charley Pride
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.
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Country Singer Charley Pride On Receiving Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award
NPR - 22 days
Charley Pride, the first African-American to play the Grand Ole Opry in 1967, known for hits like "Kiss an Angel Good Morning," will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammys this month.
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Jack Clement, Producer and Country Songwriter, Dies at 82 - New York Times (blog)
Google News - over 3 years Jack Clement, Producer and Country Songwriter, Dies at 82 New York Times (blog) Jack Clement, whose career as a producer, engineer, songwriter and arranger began in the early days of rock 'n' roll and included work with country stars like Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Charley Pride as well as noncountry artists like U2, died on ... Country Music Legend 'Cowboy' Jack Clement Dies at 82Hollywood Reporter 'Cowboy' Jack Clement, Country Music Hall of Famer, Dies Aged 82Billboard Nashville Legend Cowboy Jack Clement Dead at The Star-Ledger - -KVVU Las Vegas all 51 news articles »
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Grand Ole Opry offers 2 new backstage tours
Seattle Pi - over 3 years
The singer, who rose to fame as the frontman for South Carolina rockers Hootie & The Blowfish, began pursuing his lifelong passion for country music a few years ago. For the behind-the-curtain tour, a limited number of guests go backstage and get an intimate look at the inner workings of the Opry moments before the big curtain goes up. Following Opry performances on certain nights, Rucker will share with guests some of his favorite backstage moments and memories as they visit areas occupied just minutes before by artists on that night's show. [...] there's that night the 47-year-old Rucker was asked to be an Opry member, the third black performer to hold Opry membership, joining Country Music Hall of Fame members DeFord Bailey and Charley Pride. Bill Cody is an on-air personality for country radio station WSM-AM and an Opry announcer. Other areas and items that can be seen on all three tours include a sampling of 18 dressing rooms that are decorated with a unique theme to h ...
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Laura Lippstone: Nu Yawka Goes Country in Branson (PHOTOS)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
The only thing this Nu Yawka knew about Country was when we moved to Nu Joisey, all our Nu Yawk relatives clucked in pity at our moving to the country. This was practically covered wagon days, when Joisey was really considered Country. And in many Manhattan minds, it still is. And what do I know from Country kulcha? Tim McGraw (though as a Mets' fan I knew more about his late dad Tug) and Stuckey's pecan logs. And oh yeah, visiting a very ex-boyfriend's granny who lived in a tin-roof house in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. I think she may have killed the chicken we had for dinner, but didn't ask because I really didn't want to know. That's about it for this Jewish gal from the big city. So what was said Jewish gal who gets hives from theme parks doing in Branson, Missouri? That Bible Belt Las Vegas in the Ozarks -a real backdrop for The Beverly Hillbillies? Having fun. Branson is everything you might have heard: As country as Dolly Parton - who has a dinn ...
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Dennis Miller: Willie Nelson: American Icon
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Willie Nelson defied the music establishment, society and the law, and helped ease America into a new consciousness. Every American should be celebrating his birthday (April 30th) and his eight decades of accomplishments in entertainment, human rights and charity. After stints as an encyclopedia salesman and pig farmer, the Texas native gained recognition as a songwriter in the early '60s when several singers made his songs country anthems. The biggest was Patsy Cline's cover of "Crazy," which hit number two in 1962 and has been on jukeboxes ever since. Willie's songs have been recorded by artists in every genre, from Tony Bennett to Snoop Dogg and Rosalynn Carter ("Up Against the Wall, Redneck Mother"). Willie defied the Nudie suit-studded Nashville establishment and wore jeans and a t-shirt. With his long red hair and beard, he became the most recognizable and revered performer in the outlaw movement of the '70s. He continued ignoring the Nashville establishment dom ...
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Charley Pride gives items from his life to Smithsonian’s upcoming African-American museum
Cape Breton Post - over 4 years
DALLAS (AP) — Country music legend Charley Pride is donating items from his life to the Smithsonian’s upcoming National Museum of African American History and Culture.
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Overlooking a pond and a local green
Chorley Guardian - over 4 years
This four-bedroomed detached house is recently built and situated on the development Gillibrands in Chorley. The property looks out over the Gillibrands pond and local green. Accommodation comprises entrance hallway, lounge, dining room, kitchen/dining room, utility room and cloakroom/WC. To the first floor there are four bedrooms, master having en-suite shower room and a family bathroom. Externally there is a garden to the front, double driveway with parking for numerous vehicles leading to the garage. At the rear of the property there is a laid to lawn garden and patio areas suitable for outside dining. It is available on an unfurnished basis. Address: 3 Great Wood Close, Chorley Price: £775 pcm Estate agent details: Reeds Rains - 01257 267626
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Character property with features, and surrounded by countryside
Chorley Guardian - over 4 years
This is a stone built character property sat in approximately one third of an acre. Features include beamed ceilings and flagged floors, and living accommodation comprises an entrance hallway, lounge, farmhouse style kitchen / dining room, dining room / sitting room and utility room with WC. To the first floor are three bedrooms and a four-piece bathroom suite. Externally, there is a stone wall surrounding the property, with laid to lawn gardens to the front side and rear and views over open countryside and farmland. There is also a flagged patio, seating area suitable for outside dining. There is a driveway providing off road parking leading to the detached double garage/workshop. Address: Heskins Farm Grimeford Lane, Anderton, Chorley Price: £350,000 Estate agent details: Reeds Rains - 01257 267626
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Baseball got Charley Pride out of the cotton fields, but country music brought him back
Natiobak Post - almost 5 years
Charley Pride has sold 70 million albums, had 36 No. 1 singles and has a standing invitation to perform at the Grand Ole Opry whenever he pleases
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Charley Pride coming to the Stafford Centre
Houston Chronicle - almost 5 years
Country music artist Charley Pride will play the Stafford Centre at 8 p.m. April 26.
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Texas Rangers' spring break: Catching up with Charley Pride
Star Telegram- blogs - almost 5 years
Catching up with
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Van Peebles turns stereotypes upside down - NWAOnline (subscription)
Google News - over 5 years
(The genres aren't as black and white as some might think: Consider Charley Pride and Jimmie Rodgers and Deford Bailey.) “Yeah, I like the idea of playing with these iconic characters, and giving them a little tweak, a little twist,” Van Peebles says
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August 25, 2011: Golf on this day…. - Montreal Gazette (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
1991 - Lee Trevino wins Senior PGA Tour Sunwest Bank Charley Pride Senior Golf Classic; first-place prize money – $52500. 1996 – Tiger Woods wins USGA US Men's Amateur Championship. 1996 – Laura Davies wins LPGA Tour Star Bank LPGA Classic; first-place
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Legendary Songwriter Jerry Foster Newest Poet and Prophet - Cybergrass
Google News - over 5 years
Foster and Rice's first success was Charley Pride's 1968 Top Five hit "The Day the World Stood Still." The follow-up was another Pride cut: The #3 "The Easy Part's Over" earned the songwriters a BMI award. Foster and Rice found loyalty in the artists
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KIXE August line-up - Red Bluff Daily News
Google News - over 5 years
The program features a compilation of country and Irish favorites with special guests Charley Pride as he sings his signature tune, "Crystal Chandeliers," longtime musical companion Mary Duff, talented vocalist and wife Majella O'Donnell and The Daniel
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Malone braces for Randy Travis crowd - Plattsburgh Press Republican
Google News - over 5 years
"In 1987, for the Charley Pride concert, we had 11300 paid admissions," said Fair Board President Dale Chapin. "We're thinking, with the way the ticket sales have been and the weather that's supposed to be nice, we are going to have those kinds of
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Negro League baseball: Era of pride despite prejudice - Denver Post
Google News - over 5 years
He had a brother who was also a fine pitcher but an even better singer — country singer Charley Pride. "I remember we pitched against each other during a game in Memphis at the old Crump Stadium," Pride recalled. "Charley was ragging me before the
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Charley Pride
  • 2016
    Age 77
    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.
    More Details Hide Details They currently reside in Dallas, Texas. Kraig now goes by the name Carlton and has somewhat followed in his father's footsteps as a performing artist. His band, Carlton Pride and Zion started in San Marcos, Texas in 1995 and they perform a variety of reggae, funk, and soul music throughout the United States. Dion Pride played lead guitar for his father, and entertained troops on USO tours in Panama, Honduras, Guantanamo Bay and the island of Antigua. Dion Pride co-wrote a song on Charley Pride's 2010 album "Choices" titled "I Miss My Home".
  • 2014
    Age 75
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He also, was interviewed during a break in the game that was televised nationally on NBA TV & SportSouth.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Drive. Play Friday. Punch in. Drive. Polson. Philipsburg.”
  • 2011
    Age 72
    On April 29, 2011, it was announced that a biographical film was in the works based on Pride's life and career.
    More Details Hide Details The film will be produced by and star actor and professional wrestler, Dwayne Johnson. Academy of Country Music Awards American Music Awards Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Country Music Association Grammy Awards General Specific
    Pride sang the national anthem before game 2 of the 2011 ALCS between the Detroit Tigers & Texas Rangers.
    More Details Hide Details He also sang the national anthem and America The Beautiful prior to Super Bowl VIII
  • 2010
    Age 71
    He sang the national anthem before game 5 of the 2010 World Series, played between the Texas Rangers and San Francisco Giants.
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  • 2009
    Age 70
    He returned to the site in February 2009 for a routine checkup and surprised the Arkansas Senate with an unplanned performance of five songs.
    More Details Hide Details He was joined by Governor Mike Beebe during the show. Pride is an avid fan and part owner of the Texas Rangers.
  • 1997
    Age 58
    Pride had a tumor removed from his right vocal cord in 1997 at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
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  • 1994
    Age 55
    In 1994 Pride co-wrote (with Jim Henderson) his autobiography, Pride: The Charley Pride Story.
    More Details Hide Details In this book he reveals that he has struggled for years with manic depression.
  • 1980
    Age 41
    He performed the National Anthem before Game 6 of the 1980 World Series as well.
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  • 1976
    Age 37
    Pride played the concert in November 1976, with his album song "Crystal Chandeliers" subsequently being released as a single in the UK and Ireland.
    More Details Hide Details Pride subsequently became a hero to both sides of the conflict for breaking the effective touring concert ban, his song "Crystal Chandeliers" seen as a unity song, and he enabled Aitken to book further acts into Northern Ireland post his appearance. Pride remained with RCA Records until 1986. At that point, he grew angry over the fact that RCA began to promote newer country artists and didn't renew contracts with many older artists who had been with the label for years, such as Dolly Parton, John Denver and Sylvia. He moved on to 16th Avenue Records, where Pride bounced back with the No. 5 hit, "Shouldn't it be Easier Than This." He had a few minor hits with 16th Avenue, as well. Pride's lifelong passion for baseball continues; he has an annual tradition of joining the Texas Rangers for workouts during Spring Training. A big Rangers fan (Dallas has been his home for many years), Pride is often seen at their games.
  • 1975
    Age 36
    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.
    More Details Hide Details At the time, The Troubles (Irish: Na Trioblóidí) the ethno-nationalist conflict in Northern Ireland were at their height, and most non-resident music and sport teams were not traveling to Northern Ireland through fear of becoming involved or injured. Aitken subsequently traveled to Pride's winter 75/6 concert in Ohio, and persuaded Pride to play one of the concert's at Belfast's Ritz Cinema.
  • 1972
    Age 33
    The film starred Newman and Henry Fonda and received two Oscar nominations in 1972, one being for the song that Pride sang.
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  • 1971
    Age 32
    "Kiss an Angel Good Mornin'" became Pride's signature tune. Besides being a five-week country No. 1 in late 1971 and early 1972, the song was also his only pop Top 40 hit, hitting No. 21, and reaching the Top Ten of the Adult Contemporary charts as well.
    More Details Hide Details During the rest of the 1970s and into the 1980s, Pride continued to rack up country music hits. Other Pride standards of the 1970s and 1980s include "Mississippi Cotton Picking Delta Town," "Someone Loves You, Honey," "When I Stop Leavin' (I'll Be Gone)," "Burgers and Fries", "I Don't Think She's in Love Anymore", "Roll on Mississippi", "Never Been So Loved (In All My Life)" and "You're So Good When You're Bad." Like many other country performers, he has paid tribute to Hank Williams, with an album of songs that were all written by Hank entitled There's a Little Bit of Hank in Me, which included top-sellers of Williams' classics "Kaw-Liga," "Honky Tonk Blues" and "You Win Again". Pride has sold over 70 million records (singles, albums, compilation included).
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He won CMA's Top Male Vocalist award again in 1972.
  • 1970
    Age 31
    Pride sang the Paul Newman directed film Sometimes a Great Notions main soundtrack song "All His Children" in 1970.
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  • 1969
    Age 30
    In 1969 his compilation album, The Best of Charley Pride sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc.
    More Details Hide Details Ultimately, Elvis Presley was the only artist who sold more records for the RCA label than did Pride.
    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'".
    More Details Hide Details The pop success of these songs reflected the country/pop crossover sound that was reaching Country music in the 1960s and early 1970s, known as "Countrypolitan".
  • 1967
    Age 28
    Pride also appeared in 1967 on the American Broadcasting Company's "The Lawrence Welk Show".
    More Details Hide Details In 1975, he was one of the stars of Bob Hope's Stars and Stripes Show emceed by John Davidson and filmed in front of a live audience in Oklahoma City to celebrate the United States Bicentennial.
    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.
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    The Pride family moved to Great Falls, Montana in 1967, because Pride's music career was taking off and he required quicker access to an airport.
    More Details Hide Details The family ultimately left Montana and moved to Texas in 1969. In a 1967 interview with the Helena Independent Record, Rozene commented that the family encountered minor racism in Montana, citing an incident where they were refused service in a restaurant and another time when a realtor refused to show them a home, but she felt that the family endured less racism than she saw leveled against local Native American people, whose treatment she compared to that given to black people in the south. Pride has generally spoken with fondness of the near-decade he spent there. “Montana is a very conservative state I stood out like a neon. But once they let you in, you become a Montanan. When the rumor was that I was leaving. They kept saying, ‘we will let you in, you can’t leave.’" On June 5, 2008, Pride and his brother Mack "The Knife" Pride and 28 other living former Negro league players were "drafted" by each of the 30 Major League Baseball teams in a recognition of the on-field achievements and historical relevance of 30 mostly-forgotten Negro-league stars. Pride was picked by the Texas Rangers, with whom he has had a long affiliation, and the Colorado Rockies took his brother.
    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.
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  • 1960
    Age 21
    When he was laid off by the Timberjacks, he moved to work construction in Helena, Montana in 1960.
    More Details Hide Details He was recruited to pitch for the local semi-pro baseball team, the East Helena Smelterites, and the team manager helped him get a job at the local Asarco lead smelter. The lead smelter kept 18 jobs open specifically for baseball players, and arranged their shifts so they could play as a team. Pride batted a .444 his first year. Pride's singing ability soon came to the attention of the team manager, who also paid him to sing for 15 minutes before each game, which increased attendance and earned Pride another $10 on top of the $10 he earned for each game. He also played gigs in the local area, both solo and with a band called the Night Hawks, and Aasarco asked him to sing at company picnics. His job at the smelter was dangerous and difficult. He once broke his ankle, and routinely unloaded coal from railroad cars and shoveled it into a 2,400 degree furnace, which he also had to keep clear of slag, a task which frequently gave him burns.
    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.
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  • 1956
    Age 17
    He married Rozene Cohan in 1956.
    More Details Hide Details When Pride was 14, his mother purchased him his first guitar and he taught himself to play. Though he also loved music, one of Pride's lifelong dreams was to become a professional baseball player.
  • 1953
    Age 14
    He pitched well, and in 1953, he signed a contract with the Boise Yankees, the Class C farm team of the New York Yankees.
    More Details Hide Details During that season, an injury caused him to lose the "mustard" on his fastball, and he was sent to the Yankees' Class D team in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. Later that season, while in the Negro leagues with the Louisville Clippers, he and another player (Jesse Mitchell) were traded to the Birmingham Black Barons for a team bus. "Jesse and I may have the distinction of being the only players in history to be traded for a used motor vehicle," Pride mused in his 1994 autobiography. He pitched for several other minor league teams, his hopes of making it to the big leagues still alive, but the Army derailed this. After serving two years in the military, he tried to return to baseball.
  • 1952
    Age 13
    In 1952, he pitched for the Memphis Red Sox of the Negro American League.
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  • 1934
    Age -5
    Born on March 18, 1934.
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