Charley Pride was a trailblaze American African Country Music superstar among country music lovers. His fame in country music was from farmer’s boy, and baseball player to a talented country music artist.
The early life and family of Charley Pride
Charley was born on March 18, 1934, in Sledge, Mississippi. He comes from a humble family with 10 siblings. Charley’s father was a poor sharecropper. However, details about the family are not publicly available.
Age of Charley Pride
Charley was born on March 18, 1934. Therefore, he is 86 years old at the time of his death.
Education background of Charley Pride
There is no information about his educational history. However, Charley bought himself a guitar. Additionally, he taught himself to play his guitar.
Charley Pride Career Journey
Pride started as a baseball player. He played for Negro American League in 1952, pitching for the Memphis Red Sox, Louisville Clippers, Boise Yankees, and Birmingham Black Barons. However, during traveling his team bus was his music practice studio. He sang and played his guitar as he journeyed for team activities.
Although Pride realized his baseball dreams, he ventured into his country music career in 1962. During his first audition in 1963, his mentor Jack Johnson was impressed.
Johnson later introduced Pride to Jack Clement. Together with Jack Clement, Pride recorded his demonstration recordings at RCA’s Nashville studio. His recording was impressive and made him get approval to get into label brass.
In 1966, Charley Pride released his first single country music song, “Snakes Crawl at Night.” However, the DJs did not have access to this until his third single, “Just Between You and Me” ranked in the top 10 country music.
A lot of his fans were surprised to know he was black. This was after seeing his photo on his cover album. Interestingly, they asked him why he does not sound like he is black.
“Charley, how’d you get into country music, and why you don’t sound like you’re supposed to sound?” Charley confessed to being asked this question during one of his concerts in 1965.
Popular Song of Charley Pride
- Just Between You and Me
- All I Have to Offer (1969)
- Is Anybody Goin’ to San Antone (1970)
- Kiss an Angel Good Mornin (1971)
- Before I Met You
- Roll On Mississippi
- Mountain Of Love
Charley Pride Awards
At the age of 26 years, Pride was honored with the Grand Ole Opry award.
Charley Pride Death
Pride died due to complications from COVID-19 on December 12, 2020, in Dallas, Texas.