Country music legend Charlie Pride dies of COVID-19 complications in Dallas

Country music legend Charlie Braide has died at the age of 86 of complications from Covid-19 in Dallas, his representative announced on Saturday.

Charlie Pride
legend Charlie Pride dies of COVID-19

Pride has been recognized as a pioneer of black country artists.

From the late 1960s to the early 1970s he rose to prominence with singles such as "Kiss An Angel Good Mornin", "Is Anybody Goin" To San Antone "and" Id Rather Love You ".

From 1967 to 1987, Braid received 52 Top 10 Country Songs, multiple Grammy Awards, and became RCA Records' best-selling country artist.
Her last performance was "Kiss An Angel Good Mornin" at the CMA Awards on November 11, 2020, at the Nashville City Music Center.

“There's nobody in country music who isn't crying right now,” said Mark “Hook” Lewis of New Country 96.3 KSCS. "He was a pioneer. He did something that no one else had done, first of all, it was possible to do something that no one else had imagined."

“He was a real gentleman,” said Judy Dean of the Texas Radio Hall of Fame. “That's the word that comes to my mind when I think of Charlie. Respected person.

Pride grew up in Sledge, Mississippi, the son of a farmer. He had seven brothers and three sisters.

In 2008, while accepting a Lifetime Achievement Award as part of the Mississippi Governor's Awards for Excellence in the Arts, Braid said he never focused on race.

Braid said, “My older sister once said, 'Why does she sing her music? “But we all understand what the syndrome looked like to all of you. Look, I never accepted that as an individual, and I really think that's why I'm where I am today. ''

A young man before starting his singing career, he was an archer and defender in Major League Soccer Blacks with the Memphis Red Sox and in Major League Soccer in Montana.

After playing minor league baseball for two years, he found himself in Helena, MT, working in a zinc smelter by day and playing country music in nightclubs by night.

After experimenting with the New York Mets, he traveled to Nashville and dabbled in country music when Chet Atkins, president of RCA Records, heard two of his demo tapes and signed.

To ensure that Braid is judged by his music rather than his race, his first singles were sent to radio stations without publicity photos. After his identity became known, some country radio stations refused to play his music.

Despite this, Pride said it was generally well-received. Early in his career, he comforted white audiences when he joked about his "lasting color."

He declared in 1992: "Music is the greatest medium of communication on the planet". "Once people heard my voice correctly and heard my show and saw my childbirth, any fears or bad feelings they could have allayed."

Throughout his career, he sang positive songs instead of sad songs often associated with country music.

He told The Associated Press in 1985: "Music is a great way to express yourself, and I really think music shouldn't be seen as a protest." "You can go far with anything - sing, perform, whatever - and become so politicized that you stop being an artist."

In 1994, he wrote his autobiography, “Pride: The Charley Pride Story”, in which he revealed that he was suffering from moderate depression.

He underwent surgery in 1997 to remove a tumor from his right vocal cord.

Received the Living Legend Award from Nashville / Music City News, in recognition of his 30 years of achievement in 1997.

“He was a man who could break the ice with his heat,” Dean said. "Looking at when he started, what he went through, what he never talked about, what he wore anyway, the levels he rose to ... Country music, all the music, owes him gratitude. "

In lieu of flowers, the Pride Family is asking fans to donate to The Pride Scholarship at Jesuit College Prep, or St. Philips School and Community Center, Food Bank or other charities.

Pride was a minority on the Texas Rangers baseball team. The team released a statement regarding his death.

“It's with heavy hearts that we share that our friend Charley Pride has passed away at the age of 86. Charley played here at the World's Largest Honky Tonk many times over the years, cementing his mark on the club with his handprints in 1992. Our thoughts are with his loved ones, ”the venue said.

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