Black History Month: How These Musicians Shaped Classic Country

Read About the Early Influence of African American Artists, Songwriters, Producers

Charley Pride has been such a commanding figure in country music that it’s tempting to see him as the only really significant African American contributor to the genre. And, indeed, he does still stand alone in that category when it comes to recording hits and longevity. Over a period of 14 years, he scored 29 No. 1 singles and, at 85 years old, he continues to tour and charm crowds.

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