Country Legends We Love: Charley Pride

Hits Include "Is Anybody Goin' to San Antone," "Kiss an Angel Good Mornin'"

Charley Pride, whose accolades include membership to the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Grand Ole Opry, as well as the CMA Entertainer of the Year award, is considered country music’s first African American superstar. He scored 29 No. 1 hits between 1969 and 1983 and charted 67 singles in his groundbreaking career.

Charley Frank Pride was born into a sharecropping family in Sledge, Mississippi, on March 18, 1934. He recalled walking four miles to and from a segregated grade school while white children passed by in school buses. Because his father scorned the roughness and ribaldry of blues music, Pride grew up listening to the Grand Ole Opry and idolizing such stars as Roy Acuff and Ernest Tubb.

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