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Trailblazing Country Music Singer Charley Pride Dead At 86

The late Charley Pride. Photo: [email protected]


US nation music star Charley Pride, a pioneering Black singer who racked up 29 primary hits, died Saturday of Covid-19 problems. He was 86.

Pride’s household confirmed his demise in an announcement, saying he had handed away in Dallas, Texas.

Born in racially segregated Mississippi in 1934, Pride was identified for Seventies hits together with “Kiss an Angel Good Mornin’” and was the primary African American to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Signed to RCA Records, he turned the label’s biggest-selling performer since Elvis Presley.

Tributes poured in from nation music luminaries within the wake of the information, with Dolly Parton saying she was “heartbroken”.

“Charley, we will always love you,” she wrote in a tweet.

Singer Billy Ray Cyrus hailed Pride’s function as a “true trailblazer.”

“He took down walls and barriers meant to divide,” he mentioned. “He became a bridge of music for music lovers who found they had way more in common than they had different.”

Former US president George W. Bush additionally paid tribute, in an announcement praising Pride as a “fine gentleman with a great voice.”

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Pride’s demise from Covid-19 got here a month after he accepted an award on the 54th annual Country Music Association Awards in Nashville.

Organizers within the wake of the information defended their resolution to go forward with the occasion regardless of the pandemic, saying Pride had examined unfavorable previous to attending.

In an announcement on his official Facebook web page, Pride’s household mentioned he “felt blessed to have such wonderful fans all over the world.”

“And he would want his fans to take this virus very seriously,” they mentioned.


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