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Charley Pride is one of the great singers in the history of country music. He doesn't always get his due, and most folks think he disappeared long ago. This set, Pride and Joy: A Gospel Music Collection a solid, top-to-bottom country gospel album, is evidence that Pride hasn't gone anywhere. And while it's true his voice has undergone some changes due to age, it's become more emotive and powerful. It's a bit rawer around the edges, but that serves the material here just fine. Pride's reading of Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey's "Take My Hand Precious Lord," is simply stunning, as are his takes on the rollicking "Jesus Take My Hand" by Albert Brumley, Bill Monroe's "Mansions for Me," and Bill & Gloria Gaither's "I'm Gonna Sing."


Born: March 18, 1938 in Sledge, MS

Genre: Country

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

With 36 number one hits under his belt, Charley Pride, who is black, has helped prove how little race matters to the majority of country music fans. It's taken a long time to understand that, though. His first single, "Snakes Crawl at Night," was released without publicity photos, as some in the industry feared listeners would automatically reject a black country singer. Since then, Pride's 12 gold albums in the United States, combined with 30 gold and four platinum internationally, place him in...
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