Charley Pride: Birthday

American singer and guitarist
Born: March 18, 1934
Died: December 12, 2020

Charley Pride, born on March 18, 1934, was a groundbreaking American country music artist known for his rich baritone voice and pioneering role as one of the few African American performers in the genre. Born in Sledge, Mississippi, Pride initially pursued a career in professional baseball before turning to music in the 1950s.

His debut single “Snakes Crawl at Night” was released in 1966, followed by numerous hits including “Kiss an Angel Good Mornin'” and “Is Anybody Goin’ to San Antone,” which topped the country music charts. Despite facing racial prejudice and skepticism from the industry, Pride’s talent and charisma propelled him to become one of country music’s most successful artists.

Throughout his career, he earned three Grammy Awards and was honored with the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year award in 1971. Pride’s legacy extends beyond his musical achievements; he broke barriers as a black artist in a predominantly white genre, paving the way for future generations of diverse country musicians.

Charley Pride’s contributions to country music and his impact on racial representation in the genre continue to be celebrated, solidifying his place as a true trailblazer in American music history. Pride passed away on December 12, 2020, leaving behind a remarkable legacy.

Charley Pride’s 5 most popular quotes

  • For most entertainers, there is a single experience, one defining moment, when confidence replaces the self-doubt that most of us wrestle with.
  • No one had ever told me that whites were supposed to sing one kind of music and blacks another – I sang what I liked in the only voice I had.
  • The time I spent thinking about how I was better than somebody else or worrying about somebody else’s attitude was time I could put to better use.
  • A fan will grab you and hug you and will not let go. When that happens, you wish it could be that way all over the world.
  • There only have been two people on this earth that I was nervous around: Chet Atkins and Mickey Mantle. It’s because of the respect I have for them.
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