In Dallas, Texas, country music legend Charley Pride died at the age of 86 due to complications from COVID-19.
His artistic endeavor spans more than five decades, during which Pride has delivered a huge legacy. He started his career in the 1960s, at the height of the civil rights movement, and Braide became the first black man to conquer country music fame.
He managed to beat audiences unwilling to hear a black man’s singing to be the later, best-selling artist for RCA Records since Elvis Presley.
Pride won many awards, including the Country Music Award of the Year in 1971, 1973, and 1974, and was invited in 1993 to join the Grand Opry, becoming one of only three blacks among the members of the Grand Uber.
His 39 songs topped Billboard magazine’s list of country songs. His work has won a Grammy three times, and Braid was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017.
Charley Frank Pride was born on March 18, 1934, in Sledge, Mississippi. One of 11 children who worked as a child picking cotton with his father, saved $ 10 to buy his first guitar, and his mother supported him in every step.