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Charley Pride has passed away at age 86 after complications with COVID-19. His passing was certainly unexpected as just a month ago he was on stage performing at the Country Music Awards.


Pride broke barriers in the industry as one of the first Black artists to appear in the genre of country music. Throughout his career, Charley Pride delivered a whopping 47 studio albums. Known as the "best-selling performer for RCA Records since Elvis Presley" he made history and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in the year 2000.

Just a month ago, Charley Pride was honored at the CMA's with the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award.

He paired up with Jimmie Allen to perform live at the event.

Final Performance

As country music's first black artist, Charley Pride's life influenced future generations of black artists, as well as those around him.

Many in the entertainment industry have shared their condolences, including Dennis Quaid who is currently producing the 'Charley Pride Story'- a biographical film about Charley's life and career.

Dennis Quaid

"Charley Pride was a global icon in music, baseball and business. He broke barriers, unprecedented at the time, and made us all realize that we have more in common than our differences. Charley was a great American and a good Christian. Perhaps one of his greatest accomplishments is his more than 60-year marriage to his lovely, devoted partner in life, his wife Rozene. As one of the producers of the 'Charley Pride Story,' I'll make sure his story is not unsung to the younger generation. While Charley has left this Earth, he is now singing in the Heavenly choir."

-Dennis Quaid

Billy Ray Cyrus

"He opened the door for so many, including me. He took down walls and barriers meant to divide. He became a bridge of music for music lovers who found they had way more in common than they had different. And rules and stereotypes meant to separate were taken down and opened up to the free will of the artist and fan to become one in harmony and song."

-Billy Ray Cyrus

Tanya Tucker

"It's such a sad day saying so long to Charley Pride. I'm just so thankful that I got to sing a song with him. That's where this picture was taken. It's supposed to be on his next album. I also narrated his 'I'll Be Me' documentary. I'm so thankful for that and my heart, my love, my soul... everything goes out to Rozene and the entire Pride family because we are the biggest fans of Charley. The world is lost today. He's one of the greatest singers of all time. We love you Charley."

-Tanya Tucker

Bill Anderson

"Like the rest of the world, I am shocked and saddened to learn about the death of Charley Pride. He and I went back to the early days of his career in 1966 when he made his first nationwide appearance as a guest on my syndicated television show. In later years, we toured together, shared music and argued baseball endlessly. I saw firsthand some of his early struggles as the first black performer in country music. My admiration for the way he handled himself during those years knows no bounds. I've lost a hero and a friend."

-Bill Anderson

David Bellamy of the Bellamy Brothers

"We're heartbroken to hear the news about our friend Charley Pride. We toured many miles together over the years including Ireland where this photo was taken around the mid 1980s. Charley was one of the good guys. He and his music will live in our hearts forever. Rest In Peace, Charley."

Many other stars in the industry have shared their respects- including Naomi Judd, Phil Vassar, Jamie O'Neal, Taylor Hicks, and Dolly Parton to name a few.

Our thought go out to Charley's fans, friends, and family.

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