Saturday, December 12, 2020

R.I..P.: Charley Pride, Country Superstar

Charley Pride  (March 18, 1934 – December 12, 2020)

Country music legend Charley Pride — who became the genre's first Black superstar with "Kiss An Angel Good Mornin'" and dozens of other hits — died Saturday at age 86, reports The Tennessean.

A press release from Pride's publicist, Jeremy Westby, said the singer died in Dallas, Texas due to complications from COVID-19. 

Pride was just honored by the Country Music Association, receiving the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at the CMA Awards in November.

In 1971, Pride released what would become his biggest hit, "Kiss an Angel Good Mornin'", a million-selling crossover single that helped him land the Country Music Association's prestigious Entertainer of the Year award, as well as Top Male Vocalist. He won CMA's Top Male Vocalist award again in 1972.

"Kiss an Angel Good Mornin'" became Pride's signature tune. Besides being a five-week country number one in late 1971 and early 1972, the song was also his only pop top-40 hit, hitting number 21, and reaching the top 10 of the Adult Contemporary charts, as well.

He gave his final performance on Nov. 11, 2020, singing “Kiss An Angel Good Mornin’” during the CMA Awards show at Nashville’s Music City Center alongside Jimmie Allen.

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