50 number one country hits.
I saw that news today too. I listened to him a lot in the late 60’s and early 70’s. Sad news indeed.
Awww. Nothing like the (then almost revolutionary) groove he and his longtime pedal steel player Gene O’Neal brought to C&W in the '60s and ‘70s. When I got to see a YouTube clip of his cover performance of “Louisiana Man” from that weird old variety show “Music Scene” (December 1969), I became a fan of Mr. Pride 35 years’ late after the fact.
May God Bless and hold Charlie Pride in his glorious love.
Kiss an angle good morning Charlie. RIP.
My family is deeply rooted in Chicago. Mostly descended from those leaving poor rural places to get a factory job. Think the huge Western Electric plant in Cicero (Chicago was the center of the electronics universe for a period) or Corning glass. Look up the history of Cicero in the 40s and 50s: these are my people. Simple, tribal people with all of the racial issues that come with that. Two artists helped change attitudes more than any other: Louis Armstrong and Charley Pride. RIP!
A good friend of mine in Texas knew Charlie Pride, they had ranches next to each other. He told me several times what a nice guy he was, very down to earth. RIP, Charlie.