Country music singer Charley Pride dies of Covid-19

Komal FatimaWeb Editor

13th Dec, 2020. 03:42 pm
Country music singer Charley Pride

Renowned international singer Charley Pride has passed away aged 86 due to coronavirus.

Charley Pride was the first African-American to achieve the Country Music Hall of Fame. He rose to fame in the 1960s.

He was one of the biggest stars of country music during a period of division in the US.

He has also achieved three Grammy Awards as well as a lifetime achievement award.

Pride was born in 1934 and served in the army, played baseball, and worked in a smelting plant before later turning to music.

Fifty-two of his songs made it to the country Top 10. Some of the hit songs were All I Have to Offer You (Is Me) and Kiss An Angel Good Mornin’.

“We’re not color-blind yet, but we’ve advanced a few paces along the path and I like to think I’ve contributed something to that process,” he wrote in his memoir.

Fellow singers have paid tribute to Charley Pride. Reba McEntire wrote, “Charley Pride will always be a legend in Country music.”

Billy Ray Cyrus, meanwhile, calling Pride a “gentleman… legend and true trailblazer”, adding, “He took down walls and barriers meant to divide.”

Country star Dolly Parton also tweeted about him.

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