His representatives said in a statement that the country’s veteran Charlie Pride died on Saturday, about a month after performing at the CMA Awards, where he received the lifetime achievement award. He was 86 years old.
Pride celebrated as the first black superstar of country music, passing in Dallas, Texas, he said.
On November 11, the CMA Awards took home the Pride Home Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award and sang “Kiss an Angel Good Morning” with Jimmy Allen. This was his final performance.
Dolly Parton said, “I very much love that one of my dearest and oldest friends, Charlie Pride, has passed away.” Tweeted Saturday afternoon. “It’s even worse to know that he went through COVID-19. What a terrible, terrible virus. Charlie, we’ll love you forever.”
Pride was born as a sharecropper’s son in Sledge, Mississippi, joined the military, worked at a smelting plant in Missouri, tried to break into big league baseball, and in 1963 to make music in Nashville gone.
In 1967, the recording of “Just Between You and Me” broke in the country’s top 10 chart.
From then until 1987, he performed in 52 top 10 hits. He was RCA’s best-selling country artist, his representatives said.
In his memoir, Pride wrote, “” We are not yet blinded, but we have advanced a few paces along the path and I think I have contributed something to that process. ‘
His wife Rozin survives. They had three children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.