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      Note: This page is not a personal profile that Charley Pride or his family is running. .. .. ..Biography.. .... .. Charley Frank Pride (born March 18, 1938) is a country music artist. During his career, he has had thirty-six number-one hits on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. He wa... read more
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      Charley Frank Pride (born March 18, 1938) is a country music artist. During his career, he has had thirty-six number-one hits on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. He was one of the few African-American country musicians to have considerable success in the largely white country music industry.
      Pride was born in Sledge, Mississippi, one of eleven children of poor sharecroppers. His father named him "Charl Frank Pride", but because of a typing error on his birth certificate, he was legally born as Charley Frank Pride. In his early teens, Pride began to play the guitar.
      Though he also loved music, one of Pride’s life-long dreams was to become a professional baseball player. In 1952, he pitched for the Memphis Red Sox of the Negro American League. He pitched well, and, in 1953, he signed a contract with the Boise Yankees, the Class C farm team of the New York Yankees. During that season, an injury caused him to lose the "mustard" on his fastball, and he was sent down to the Yankees’ Class D team in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. Later on that season, while back in the Negro Leagues with the Louisville Clippers, he and another player (Jesse Mitchell), were traded to the Birmingham Black Barons for a team bus. "Jesse and I may have the distinction of being the only players in history to be traded for a used motor vehicle," Pride mused in his 1994 autobiography.
      He pitched for several other minor league teams, his hopes of eventually making it to the big leagues still alive. Pride appeared to be on his way to a career in baseball, but the U.S. Army had other plans for him. After serving two years in the military, he tried to return to baseball. Though hindered by an injury to his throwing arm, Pride briefly played for the Missoula Timberjacks of the Pioneer League (a farm club of the Cincinnati Reds) in 1960, and had tryouts with the New York Mets and California Angels organizations. When it became apparent that he was not destined for greatness on the baseball diamond, Pride turned his attentions to pursuing a music career.
      While he was still trying to make it in baseball, Pride had heard much encouragement to join the music business from country stars such as Red Sovine and Red Foley. Soon, he was working towards this career. In 1958, in Memphis, Tennessee, Pride visited Sun Studios and recorded some songs. One song has survived on tape, and has been released in the United Kingdom as part of an LP-box. The song is a slow stroll in walking tempo called "Walkin’ (the Stroll)."
      After struggling to get a contract with a record company, he finally caught the ear of record producer Chet Atkins. Atkins was the longtime producer of RCA Records, and made stars out of country singers like Jim Reeves, Skeeter Davis and others. Pride was signed to RCA in 1966. In 1966, he released his first single with RCA, "Snakes Crawl at Night". When the song was promoted to radio stations, the label called Pride "Country Charley Pride". At this time, country music was a white medium.
      Soon after the release of "Snakes Crawl at Night", Pride released another single called "Before I Met You". Soon after, Pride’s third single, "Just Between You and Me", was released. This song was what finally brought Pride success on the Country charts. The song reached 9.
      The success of "Just Between You and Me" was enormous. He won a Grammy Award for the song the next year.
      In 1967, he became the first black performer to appear at the Grand Ole Opry since harmonica player DeFord Bailey in 1925. He also appeared in 1967 on the American Broadcasting Company’s "The Lawrence Welk Show". Between 1969 and 1971, he had six number-one hits. These hits were "All I Have to Offer You Is Me", "I’m So Afraid of Losing You Again", "I Can’t Believe That You’ve Stopped Lovin’ Me" and "I’d Rather Love You". All of these singles reached the lower region of the pop charts, showing the country/pop crossover sound that was reaching Country music in the 1960s and early 1970s, known as "Countrypolitan".
      Pride’s first single was "The Snakes Crawl at Night." Pride’s next number two single came in 1971. It was called "Kiss an Angel Good Morning", a million-selling crossover single that helped Pride land the Country Music Association’s prestigious Entertainer of the Year award, as well as Top Male Vocalist, both in 1971. He won the CMA’s Top Male Vocalist award in 1972, as well.
      "Kiss an Angel Good Morning" not only made Pride a lot of money, but it is also one of his signature tunes. Besides being a country 1 in 1971, the song was also his first that reached the pop charts, reaching 21, and it went into the Top Ten of the Adult Contemporary charts.
      During the rest of the 1970s and into the 1980s, Charley Pride continued to rack up country music hits. Other Pride standards of the 1970s and 1980s include "Is Anybody Goin’ To San Antone?", "Mississippi Cotton Picking Delta Town," "Someone Loves You, Honey," "When I Stop Leaving, I’ll Be Gone," "Burgers and Fries", "I Don’t Think She’s In Love Anymore", "Roll On Mississippi", "Never Been So Loved In (All My Life)" and "You’re So Good When You’re Bad." Like many other country performers, he has paid tribute to Hank Williams, with top-sellers of Williams’ classics "Kaw-Liga," "Honky Tonk Blues" and "You Win Again".
      Pride has sold over 70 million records (singles, albums, compilation included).
      He stayed with RCA Records until 1986. At that point, he grew angry over the fact that the record company began to promote newer artists and not older artists that had been with the company for many years. He moved on to 16th Avenue Records, where Pride bounced back with the 5 hit, "Shouldn’t it be Easier Than This." He had a few minor hits with 16th Avenue, as well.
      Charley Pride’s lifelong passion for baseball continues; he has an annual tradition of joining the Texas Rangers for workouts during Spring Training. A big Rangers fan, (Dallas has been his home for many years), Pride is often seen at their games.
      In 2008, Pride received the Mississippi Arts Commission’s lifetime achievement award during the organization’s Governor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts.
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      1966 - Country..
      1967 - Pride Of Country Music..
      1967 - Country Way..
      1968 - Make Mine Country..
      1968 - Songs Of Pride...Charley That Is..
      1969 - In Person (Live)..
      1969 - Sensational..
      1969 - The Best Of Charley Pride (Compilation with 1 new song)..
      1970 - Just Plain Charley..
      1970 - Charley Pride’s 10th Album..
      1970 - Christmas In My Hometown..
      1970 - From Me To You..
      1971 - Did You Think To Pray..
      1971 - I’m Just Me..
      1971 - Sings Heart Songs..
      1972 - The Best Of Charley Pride Vol. 2 (Compilation Album)..
      1972 - Sunshiny Day..
      1972 - Incomparable (Compilation Album)..
      1972 - Songs Of Love..
      1973 - Sweet Country..
      1973 - Charley Pride Presents The Pridesmen (Instrumental Album)..
      1973 - Amazing Love..
      1974 - Country Feelin’..
      1974 - Pride Of America..
      1975 - Charley..
      1975 - The Pridesmen (Instrumental Album)..
      1975 - Happiness Of Having You..
      1975 - Sunday Morning..
      1976 - The Best Of Charley Pride Vol. 3 (Compilation Album)..
      1977 - She’s Just An Old Love Turned Memory..
      1978 - Someone Loves You Honey..
      1978 - Burgers And Fries..
      1979 - You’re My Jamaica..
      1980 - There’s A Little Bit Of Hank In Me..
      1981 - Roll On Mississippi..
      1981 - Greatest Hits (Compilation Album with 1 new song)..
      1982 - Everybody’s Choice..
      1982 - Charley Pride Live..
      1983 - Country Classics..
      1983 - Night Games..
      1984 - Power Of Love..
      1985 - Greatest Hits 2 (Compilation Album)..
      1985 - Collector’s Series (Compilation Album)..
      1986 - Back To The Country..
      1986 - Best There Is..
      1987 - After All This Time..
      1988 - I’m Gonna Love Her On The Radio..
      1989 - Moody Woman..
      1994 - My Six Latest and Six Greatest (Re-recordings plus 6 new songs)..
      1996 - Classics With Pride..
      1997 - The Essential Charley Pride (Compilation Album with 1 previously unrelesed song)..
      2000 - RCA Country Legends (Compilation Album)..
      2001 - Tribute To Jim Reeves..
      2003 - Comfort Of Her Wings..
      2003 - Anthology (Compilation Album)..
      2003 - The Very Best Of Charley Pride 1987-1989 (Compilation of 16th Avenue recordngs plus 4 previously unreleased songs)..
      2003 - 22 All-Time Greatest Hits (Re-recordings)..
      2005 - 16 Biggest Hits (Compilation Album)..
      2005 - Greatest Songs (Re-recordings)..
      2006 - The Essential Charley Pride (Compilation Album different from 1997 version)..
      2006 - Pride And Joy: A Gospel Music Collection
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      1967 - "Does My Ring Hurt Your Finger?"..
      1967 - "Just Between You and Me"..
      1967 - "I Know One"..
      1968 - "The Day the World Stood Still"..
      1968 - "The Easy Part’s Over"..
      1968 - "Let The Chips Fall"..
      1969 - "Kaw-Liga"..
      1969 - "All I Have to Offer You Is Me"..
      1969 - "I’m So Afraid of Losing You Again"..
      1970 - "I Can’t Believe That You Stopped Lovin’ Me"..
      1970 - "Is Anybody Goin’ to San Antone?"..
      1970 - "Wonder I Could Live There Anymore"..
      1971 - "Did You Think To Pray?"..
      1971 - "I’d Rather Love You"..
      1971 - "I’m Just Me"..
      1971 - "Kiss An Angel Good Mornin’..
      1971 - "Let Me Live"..
      1972 - "All His Children"..
      1972 - "It’s Gonna Take a Little Bit Longer"..
      1972 - "She’s Too Good to Be True"..
      1973 - "Amazing Love"..
      1973 - "Don’t Fight the Feelings of Love"..
      1973 - "A Shoulder to Cry On"..
      1974 - "We Could"..
      1974 - "Mississippi Cotton Picking Delta Town"..
      1975 - "I Ain’t All Bad"..
      1975 - "Hope You’re Feelin’ Me Like I’m Feelin’ You"..
      1975 - "Then Who Am I?"..
      1976 - "My Eyes Can Only See As Far As You"..
      1976 - "A Whole Lotta Things to Sing About"..
      1976 - "The Happiness of Having You"’..
      1977 - "I’ll Be Leavin’ Alone"..
      1977 - "More to Me"..
      1977 - "She’s Just An Old Love Turned Memory"..
      1978 - "Burgers and Fries"..
      1978 - "Someone Loves You Honey"..
      1978 - "When I Stop Leaving (I’ll Be Gone)"..
      1979 - "Where Do I Put Her Memory"..
      1979 - "You’re My Jamaica"..
      1980 - "Missin’ You"..
      1980 - "Honky Tonk Blues"..
      1980 - "You Win Again"..
      1980 - "You Almost Slipped My Mind"..
      1981 - "Roll On Mississippi"..
      1981 - "Never Been So Loved (In All My Life)"..
      1982 - "I Don’t Think She’s In Love Anymore"..
      1982 - "Mountain of Love"..
      1982 - "You’re So Good When You’re Bad"..
      1983 - "Why Baby Why"..
      1983 - "More and More"..
      1983 - "Night Games"..
      1984 - "Ev’ry Heart Should Have One"..
      1984 - "The Power Of Love"..
      1984 - "Missin’ Mississippi"..
      1985 - "Down On The Farm"..
      1985 - "Let A Little Love Come In"..
      1986 - "The Best There Is"..
      1986 - "Love On A Blue Rainy Day"..
      1987 - "Have I Got Some Blues For You"..
      1987 - "If You Still Want A Fool Around"..
      1988 - "Shouldn’t It Be Easier Than This"..
      1988 - "I’m Gonna Love Her On The Radio"..
      1990 - "Amy’s Eyes"
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      ..Kiss an Angel Good Mornin’..

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