Today, country music legend Charley Pride has passed away in Dallas, Texas.
According to a press release, Charley was battling complications from COVID-19. He was 86 years old.
A trailblazer in the genre, Pride was the first black superstar in country music, the first black member to be elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame, and one of only three black members of the Grand Ole Opry. Between 1967 and 1987, Pride garnered 52 Top 10 country hits, won multiple Grammy awards, and became RCA Records’ top-selling country artist.
Last month, Charley was honored as the recipient of the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award at the CMA Awards. He also gave his final live performance, a duet of “Kiss An Angel Good Mornin'” with Jimmie Allen.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to The Pride Scholarship at Jesuit College Preparatory School, St. Philips School and Community Center, The Food Bank, or the charity of your choice.