Charley Pride - 40 years of Pride

Born to poor sharecroppers, one of eleven children in Sledge, Mississippi, Pride is a timeless everyman. Pride’s first single hit the airwaves in January 1966 and just like that his star was on the rise.

Over the past thirty years, Pride has remained one of the Top 20 best-selling country artists of all-time. His incredible legacy includes 36 #1 hit singles, over 70 million albums sold, 31 gold and 4 platinum albums - including one quadruple platinum. On RCA Records, Charley Pride is second in sales only to Elvis Presley.

Dozens of Pride's chart toppers now stand as modern classics. "Kiss An Angel Good Morning" went on to be a million-selling crossover single and helped Pride land Country Music Association Awards as Entertainer of the Year in 1971 and Top Male Vocalist in 1971 and 1972.

Other memorable Pride standards include "Is Anybody Goin' To San Antone?" "I'm So Afraid of Losing You Again," "Mississippi Cotton Picking Delta Town," "Someone Loves You Honey," "When I Stop Leaving I'll be gone," "Burgers and Fries," and "You're So Good When You're Bad," to name but a few. His moving performances of Hank Williams classics "Kaw-Liga" and "Honky Tonk Blues" on his number 1 album, "There's a Little Bit of Hank in Me", was also certified Gold.

On May 1, 1993, Pride accepted a long-standing invitation to join the Grand Ole Opry, 26 years after he first played there as a guest, the first African-American in its over 70 year history.

In June 1994, Pride was honored by the Academy Of Country Music with its prestigious Pioneer Award.

In January 1996, Charley Pride was honored with a Trumpet Award by Turner Broadcasting, marking outstanding African-American Achievement. In between, his "Roll On Mississippi" was considered as the official song of his home state, a stretch of Mississippi highway was named for him, and he headlined a special Christmas performance for President and Mrs. Clinton at the White House.

In July 1999, Charley received his very own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. On October 4, 2000, Charley was honored with the highest country music award, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Charley wept when his name was announced by Hall of Famer, Brenda Lee.

Charley Pride is returning to Australia & New Zealand for the first time in 17 years for an extensive national tour this November. Fans should expect to see him perform his many greatest hits, along with live and personal favorites, in what is sure to be the country music concert event of the year. Tickets are now on sale for Australia & New Zealand shows.

Charley Pride is one of the biggest selling country music artists of all time. He has sold an incredible 70 million albums, including 31 gold and 4 platinum albums – as well as one that achieved quadruple platinum status. On RCA Records Charley Pride is second in sales only to Elvis Presley. His brand new greatest hits collection”40 Years Of Pride” has just been released. Of the 40 tracks featured across the two CD’s, 30 were international country number ones. This incredible legacy is a powerful reminder that "The Pride of Country Music" remains one of the great legends in popular music - and that he is still going strong.

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