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About Charley Pride
∙ Country singer Charley Pride bought a $10 guitar from the Sears catalog at age 14 and learned to play country music because his dad loved the Grand Ole Opry.
∙ Before becoming a full-time musician, Pride was a promising baseball player who pitched in the Negro Leagues and MLB’s minor leagues, and he even tried out for the California Angels.
∙ In 1967, he was the first Black solo singer to perform at the Grand Ole Opry—and he’s still just one of three Black musicians who have been invited to become members.
∙ When his song “All I Have to Offer You (Is Me)” hit No. 1 in 1969, he was the first Black artist in 25 years to top the US Country charts.
∙ “All His Children,” which he recorded for the 1971 Paul Newman-directed film, Sometimes a Great Notion, was nominated for a Best Original Song Oscar.
∙ With 29 No. 1 Country hits, including “Kiss an Angel Good Mornin’” and “I’m Just Me,” he is the second-best-selling RCA Records artist, behind only Elvis Presley.
∙ Pride was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2000 and was honored with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007.
- Sledge, MS
- Mar 18, 1934
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