At the age of 86 years old, Charley Pride passed away due to complications from a battle with COVID-19, another tragic loss for the country music community this year.
And while Charley will be dearly missed, his impact on country music cannot be understated. With 29 #1 singles and 52 Top 10 hits, Charley won multiple Grammys, a CMA Entertainer of the Year award, and multiple CMA Male Vocalist of the Year. A trailblazer in the country music world, Charley is only one of three black members of the Grand Ole Opry, the first black member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, and regarded as the first black superstar in country music history.
And on a day like today, with heavy hearts, let’s take an opportunity to celebrate the life and legacy of Charley with a look back at some of his biggest hits.