Sunday, December 13, 2020

Country Music Superstar Charley Pride Dies at Age 86

 Charlie Pride, country music's first African-American superstar, died from complications due to COVID-19 on Saturday, according to a statement on his website. He was 86.


Pride had 52 recordings in the top 10 of Billboard's country charts, including "Is Anyone Goin' to San Antone," "Kiss An Angel Good Mornin'," and "Roll on Mississippi." His first hit was "Just You And Me" in 1967, after which came two decades of nonstop success. He won three Grammy awards (and a fourth for lifetime achievement in 2017), and the 1971 Entertainer of the Year award from the Country Music Association. His induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2000 was the first for a Black performer.

He was born in Mississippi in 1934 to sharecropper parents. In his youth he played baseball for the Negro Leagues, the independent Pioneer League, and, briefly, in the Class C farm club of the New York Yankees in Boise, Idaho.

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