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Charley Pride

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With 36 number 1 hits under his belt, Charley Satisfaction, who’s black, has helped prove how little competition matters to nearly all country music fans. It’s used quite a while to comprehend that, though. His initial one, “Snakes Crawl during the night,” premiered without promotion photos, as some on the market feared listeners would immediately reject a dark country singer. Since that time, Pride’s 12 silver albums in america, coupled with 30 silver and four platinum internationally, place him in the very best 15 all-time nation record retailers. His easygoing performing design and easy-to-listen-to tone of voice present why these honors attended his method. From picking natural cotton in his local Mississippi, Pride finished up employed in a smelting flower in Montana following a stint like a semipro football player. In the recommendation of Crimson Sovine, Pride relocated to Nashville, where he was authorized by Chet Atkins of RCA. In 1966, “Simply Between Me and you” brought Satisfaction a Grammy nomination and nationwide fame. By the end from the ’60s and the first area of the ’70s, he previously five number 1 singles inside a row, including “All I must Offer Is definitely Me” and “(Is definitely Anybody LIKELY TO) San Antone.” Several awards arrived in 1971 and 1972, with a lot more strikes following, included in this “She’s Too Great to become Accurate,” “Kiss an Angel Great Mornin’,” and “Night time Video games.” Pride’s warm baritone tone of voice and relaxed design produced him the highest-selling take action for RCA since Elvis Presley. Satisfaction was born on the cotton plantation in Sledge, MS. His dad was a sharecropper within the farm at the same time. When he was 14 yrs . old, Charley bought a acoustic guitar from Sears Roebuck and proceeded to understand how to perform by hearing nation music on the air. Two years later on, he flipped his focus on football. He became a member of the Negro American Little league, using the Memphis Crimson Sox. After playing ball for just two years, Pride joined up with the U.S. Military, where he offered for just two years. Upon his release, he designed to return to football, but he suffered accidents that affected his tossing arm. Discouraged that he couldn’t be eligible for the main leagues, Pride started working structure in Helena, MT, while he still performed within the minors. Ultimately, he gained a tryout for the California Angels in 1961, however they changed him down; the next year, the brand new York Mets turned down him aswell. Pursuing his rejection in football, Pride changed his focus on music, and in 1963, he sang “Lovesick Blues” for Crimson Foley and Crimson Sovine backstage at among Sovine’s concerts. The experienced music artists had been impressed and informed Charley to visit Nashville. Heeding their assistance, he journeyed to Music Town, but he couldn’t break right into the industry. Nevertheless, both of the Reds and Webb Pierce held suggesting the fledgling vocalist to their affiliates and finally helped him protected a management cope with Jack port Johnson. Through Johnson, Satisfaction met Jack port Clement, who sent a demonstration tape of Pride’s to Chet Atkins at RCA, who authorized the vocalist in 1966. Later on that yr, Pride’s debut solitary, “The Snakes Crawl during the night,” premiered but was released without a promotion photograph, because the label was scared that radio developers would be hesitant to lend support to some black country vocalist. Both “The Snakes Crawl during the night” and his second solitary, “Before I Met You,” obtained a small target audience, nonetheless it wasn’t until “Simply Between Me and you” that Charley became a celebrity. Released by the end of 1966, “Simply Between Me and you” climbed to quantity nine and started a virtually continuous streak of TOP singles that went until 1984; from his 54 singles released during those 18 years, just three didn’t crack the very best Ten. Nevertheless, Pride’s achievement didn’t arrive as conveniently as it might appear. Though he was praised upon the discharge of “Simply Between Me and you” and gained a Grammy prize for the one, there remained level of resistance using quarters of the united states audience to some black performer. Even so, the constant quality of Pride’s music as well as the support from his fellow music artists helped breakdown doors. As well as the doors begun to open rapidly — on January 7, 1967, he became the very first black artist to execute within the Grand Ole Opry since DeFord Bailey in 1925. On the next 2 yrs, his star gradually rose, and between 1969 and 1971, he previously six straight number 1 singles: “All I must GIVE YOU (Is Me),” “I’m Therefore Afraid of Losing You Once again,” “(Is Anybody LIKELY TO) San Antone,” “Question MAY I Live Right now there Anymore,” “I CANNOT THINK THAT You’ve Stopped Loving Me,” and “I’d Rather Like You.” All those singles also charted in the low parts of the pop graphs, giving proof his even, country-pop crossover charm. “I WANT TO Live,” extracted from his gospel record, Did YOU IMAGINE to Pray?, briefly broke his streak of number 1 singles within the springtime of 1971, nonetheless it earned a Grammy for Greatest Gospel Performance. Straight after “I WANT TO Live,” two of his biggest strikes — “I’m Simply Me” and “Kiss an Angel Great Mornin'” — came, making him his very best success on both nation and pop graphs. Through the entire ’70s, he continuing to chart within the upper parts of the country graphs, earning number 1 singles like “It’s Gonna Have a TINY BIT Longer” (1972), “She’s As well Good to become Accurate” (1972), “A Make to Cry On” (1973), “After that Who Am I” (1975), “She’s Simply an Old Like Turned Memory space” (1977), and “Where SHOULD I Place Her Memory space.” In this whole time, he under no circumstances transformed his country-pop design, though he marketed brand-new performers and songwriters like Ronnie Milsap, Gary Stewart, and Kris Kristofferson. Pride’s achievement continued through the initial half of the ’80s, as he continuing to have number 1 strikes like “Honky Tonk Blues” (1980), “Hill of Like” (1982), “You’re SO EXCELLENT When You’re Poor” (1982), and “Evening Video games” (1983). During 1984 and 1985, nevertheless, he grew disappointed with RCA Information, who begun to promote newer performers at the trouble of veteran performers like Satisfaction himself. He still left the label by the end of 1986, putting your signature on with Opryland’s 16th Avenue label, where he came back to dealing with his previous manufacturer, Jerry Bradley. Satisfaction had several minor strikes for the label, highlighted by 1988’s quantity five “Shouldn’t It Become Easier Than This,” before it collapsed. Satisfaction shifted to Honest Entertainment in the first ’90s, where he released My 6 Most recent & 6 Greatest, where he dueted with famous brands Marty Stuart and Travis Tritt. Satisfaction didn’t record very much after that recording, yet he stayed a favorite concert appeal. On each of his displays, he was backed by his boy Dion, who performed lead acoustic guitar. In 1994, Satisfaction was presented with the Academy of Nation Music’s Pioneer Honor.

Quick Facts


Full Name Charley Pride
Date Of Birth March 18, 1938
Height 1.85 m
Profession Actor, Singer, Businessperson, Composer, Music Producer, Guitarist, Baseball player, Music artist, Business owner
Nationality American
Spouse Rozene Cohran
Children Dion Pride, Kraig Pride, Angela Pride
Parents Tessie B. Stewart Pride, Mack Pride
Siblings Stephen Pride, Mack Pride, Maxine P. Luster
Awards Country Music Association Award for Entertainer of the Year, Country Music Association Award for Male Vocalist of the Year, Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance, Grammy Award for Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance, Grammy Award for Best Inspirational Performance, American Music Award for Favorite Country Male Artist, Academy of Country Music Awards Cliffie Stone Icon Award, American Music Award for Favorite Country Album
Music Songs Kiss an Angel Good Mornin', Is Anybody Goin' to San Antone, All I Have to Offer You Is Me, Crystal Chandeliers, I'm Just Me, Roll on Mississippi, Someone Loves You Honey, Afraid of Losing You Again, Burgers and Fries, Amazing Love, You're My Jamaica, Where Do I Put Her Memory, She's Just an Old Love Turned Memory, Does My Ring Hurt Your Finger, You're So Good When You're Bad, Mississippi Cotton Picking Delta Town, The Happiness of Having You, It's Gonna Take a Little Bit Longer, I'd Rather Love You, Wonder Could I Live There Anymore, Hope You're Feelin' Me, All His Children, Never Been So Loved, My Eyes Can Only See as Far as You, I'll Be Leaving Alone, Just Between You and Me, Don't Fight the Feelings of Love, I Don't Think She's in Love Anymore, Did You Think to Pray?, Night Games, The Easy Part's Over, Before I Met You
Albums Songs of Pride...Charley That Is, Just Plain Charley, A Tribute to Jim Reeves, Pride of America, Charley Pride In Person, Pride of Country Music, Sings Heart Songs, The Country Way, Country Feelin', Christmas in My Hometown (Bonus Track Version), There's a Little Bit of Hank in Me, Sweet Country, Charley Pride's Tenth Album, Live At His Best, Did You Think to Pray?, Songs of Love, Crystal Chandeliers, Music in My Heart, Charley Pride - 22 Golden Greats, Someone Loves You Honey, The Best There Is, The Essential Charley Pride, Make Mine Country, The Pride Of Country Music, Greatest Hits Collection, Classics With Pride
Nominations Country Music Association Award for Single of the Year, Academy of Country Music Award for Male Vocalist of the Year, Academy of Country Music Award for Entertainer of the Year, Country Music Association Award for Album of the Year, Academy of Country Music Award for Song of the Year, Academy of Country Music Award for Album of the Year, Academy of Country Music Award for Single Record of the Year, Juno Award for International Album of the Year
Movies Charley Pride in Concert, Grand Ole Opry at Carnegie Hall, A Tribute to Chet Atkins, Dolly Parton and Friends: On the Country Train, Chet Atkins: A Life in Music, Cerveza Bud
TV Shows Nashville 99, That Gold Old Nashville Music, Music Hall America


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#Fact
1 Dallas Texas [January 2006]
2 To date (2012), Pride, Ray Charles and Darius Rucker form the trinity of only African-Americans to have conquered the country music charts.
3 Is the uncle of former major league baseball player Curtis Pride.
4 He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 7083 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
5 Charley and Rozene have raised two sons, Kraig and Dion, as well as a daughter, Angela. They also have two grandsons, Carlton and Malachi.
6 Played baseball in the Negro American League.
7 Admitted to the Country Music Hall of Fame in the year 2000.
8 Became a member of the Grand Ole Opry on May 1, 1993.
9 Made his first national appearance on TV in the premiere episode of Hee Haw (1969) June 15, 1969.
10 He is a country singer.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Heart of Country: How Nashville Became Music City USA 2014 TV Movie documentary performer: "All I Have to Offer You is Me"
The Marty Stuart Show 2009-2014 TV Series performer - 4 episodes
Country at the BBC 2011 TV Movie performer: "Crystal Chandeliers"
Opry Memories 2011 TV Movie performer: "Kaw-Liga"
Crook & Chase 2009 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story 2009 Documentary performer: "River Song"
Dolly Parton & Friends: Love Always - Live from Texas 2009 Video performer: " I'm So Afraid of Losing You Again"
Opry Video Classics: Honky-Tonk Heroes 2007 Video performer: "Kaw-Liga"
Today's Country Music 2006 Video performer: "Louisiana Man"
The Wendell Baker Story 2005 performer: "Kiss an Angel Good Morning"
Dolly Parton & Friends on the Country Train 2003 Video performer: "I'm So Afraid of Losing You Again"
Grand Ole Opry 75th: A Celebration 2000 TV Special performer: "Kiss An Angel Good Morning"
Breakdown 1997/I performer: "Burgers & Fries" 1978
Designing Women 1988 TV Series performer - 1 episode
9th Annual Country Music Association Awards 1975 TV Special performer: "Kiss An Angel Good Morning"
In Concert 1975 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Tom Sawyer 1973 performer: "River Song"
The 44th Annual Academy Awards 1972 TV Special performer: "All His Children"
Sometimes a Great Notion 1970 performer: "All His Children"
The Johnny Cash Show 1969-1970 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
From Nashville with Music 1969 performer: "Kaw-Liga", "Crystal Chandeliers"
Country Style, U.S.A. 1957 TV Series short writer - 1 episode

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The All American Cowboy 1985 TV Movie
Nashville 99 1977 TV Series R.B.
Love is... Barbara Eden 1972 TV Movie
From Nashville with Music 1969 Charley Pride

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ellie 1984 songs by

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Midnight Special 1974 TV Series Himself
8th Annual Country Music Association Awards 1974 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Super Bowl VIII 1974 TV Movie Himself - National Anthem Performer
The 15th Annual Grammy Awards 1973 TV Special Himself
The Bobby Darin Show 1973 TV Series Himself
The Dean Martin Show 1972 TV Series Himself
The 44th Annual Academy Awards 1972 TV Special Himself - Performer
The Bob Hope Vietnam Christmas Show 1972 TV Special Himself
The Johnny Cash Show 1969-1971 TV Series Himself - Singer
The Kraft Music Hall 1969-1970 TV Series Himself
Flip 1970 TV Series Himself
That Good Ole Nashville Music 1970 TV Series Himself - Guest Performer
The Joey Bishop Show 1968 TV Series Himself
Sweet Daddy 2016 Documentary post-production Himself
Tavis Smiley 2016 TV Series Himself - Guest
The 50th Annual CMA Awards 2016 TV Movie Himself
The Big Interview with Dan Rather 2015 TV Series Himself
Country: Portraits of an American Sound 2015 Documentary Himself
The Heart of Country: How Nashville Became Music City USA 2014 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Marty Stuart Show 2009-2014 TV Series Himself - Special Guest / Himself - Singer
Stagecoach Festival Live 2013 TV Special
The Hour 2012 TV Series Himself
The Joy of Country 2011 TV Movie Himself
Inside Music Row 2010 TV Series Himself
The Black List: Volume Two 2009 TV Movie documentary Himself
2007 Trumpet Awards 2007 TV Special Himself
Thank You Billy Graham 2006 Video short Himself
Grand Ole Opry at Carnegie Hall 2006 TV Special Himself
Charley Pride: Live in Canada 2005 Video Himself
Kelly 2003 TV Series Himself
Wheel of Fortune 2003 TV Series Himself - Celebrity Contestant
2002 Trumpet Awards 2002 TV Special Himself
Grand Ole Opry 75th: A Celebration 2000 TV Special Performer
The 34th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards 1999 TV Special Himself
America's Music: The Roots of Country 1996 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself (1996)
The Roots of Country: Nashville Celebrates the Ryman 1994 TV Special Himself
Hee Haw 1969-1991 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself / Himself - Special Guest / ...
Lou Rawls Parade of Stars 1980-1989 TV Series Himself
The 23rd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards 1988 TV Special Himself
Opryland Celebrates 200 Years of American Music 1988 TV Movie Himself
The 15th Annual American Music Awards 1988 TV Special Himself - Presenter
America: The Great Mississippi 1987 TV Movie Himself
The New Hollywood Squares 1987 TV Series Guest Appearance
20th Annual Music City News Awards 1986 TV Special Himself - Presenter
On Stage America 1984 TV Series Himself
Live from Her Majesty's 1984 TV Series Himself
The 11th Annual American Music Awards 1984 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 1983 TV Special Himself
Solid Gold 1982 TV Series Himself
The Nashville Palace 1981 TV Series Himself
The 8th Annual American Music Awards 1981 TV Special Himself
All-Star Inaugural Gala 1981 TV Movie Himself
Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters 1980 TV Series Himself
The Val Doonican Music Show 1977-1980 TV Series Himself
The Mike Douglas Show 1975-1979 TV Series Himself - Country Vocalist / Himself / Himself - Singer / ...
Sha Na Na 1979 TV Series Himself
General Electric's All-Star Anniversary 1978 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Jim Nabors Show 1978 TV Series Himself
The 5th Annual American Music Awards 1978 TV Special Himself
Dinah! 1974-1978 TV Series Himself
The 4th Annual American Music Awards 1977 TV Special Himself
The Lawrence Welk Show 1977 TV Series Himself
Super Night at the Super Bowl 1977 TV Movie Himself
Donny and Marie 1976 TV Series Himself
9th Annual Country Music Association Awards 1975 TV Special Himself - Host / Performer
Sammy and Company 1975 TV Series Himself
In Concert 1975 TV Series Himself - Host
Como Country: Perry and His Nashville Friends 1975 TV Special Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Big Interview with Dan Rather 2016 TV Series Himself
Country at the BBC 2011 TV Movie Himself
Opry Memories 2011 TV Movie Himself
Crook & Chase 2009 TV Series Himself
Dolly Parton & Friends: Love Always - Live from Texas 2009 Video Himself - Performer
Opry Video Classics: Honky-Tonk Heroes 2007 Video Himself
41st Annual Country Music Association Awards 2007 TV Special Himself
Today's Country Music 2006 Video Himself
Dolly Parton & Friends on the Country Train 2003 Video Himself
Country Legends 2001 Video Himself - Performer
Bob Hope's Overseas Christmas Tours: Around the World with the Troops - 1941-1972 1980 TV Movie documentary Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1999 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Recording Awarded on July 21, 1999 at 7083 Hollywood Blvd.


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#Quote
1 A black man singing about a blond girl was potential trouble.
2 An entertainer who tells you that the adoration of fans is not a heady experience probably never had the experience.
3 When I'm asked how I'm doing, I like to reply 'Pretty good. I've got all my fingers and both eyes.'
4 No one told me that whites were supposed to sing one kind of music and blacks another. I sang what I liked in the only voice I had.
5 It isn't reasonable to expect that everyone in the world is a country music fan. Not yet, anyway.
6 A fan will grab you and hug you and will not let go. When that happens, you wish it could be that way all over the world.


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