RIP: Country singer Charley Pride Passed Away from coronavirus at 86

RIP: Country singer Charley Pride Passed Away from coronavirus at 86


African-American country singer Charley Pride, whose No. 1 country hits included “All I even have to supply You (Is Me)” and “Kiss an Angel Good Mornin,'” died on Saturday at age 86 of complications from COVID-19, consistent with his website.

Pride, who died in Dallas, wasn’t the primary Black artist to form important contributions to country and western , but he was a trailblazer who emerged during a time of division and rancor. Between 1967 and 1987, Pride delivered 52 Top 10 country hits, won Grammy awards and have become RCA Records’ top-selling country artist, consistent with the web site .

The Mississippi native picked cotton, served within the U.S. Army and played baseball within the Negro league before moving to Nashville, becoming the primary Black country star. He joined the country and western Hall of Fame in 2000, Rolling Stone magazine said.

“I’m so heartbroken that one among my dearest and oldest friends, Charley Pride, has gave up the ghost ,” country and western star Dolly Parton said on Twitter.

“It’s even worse to understand that he gave up the ghost from COVID-19. What a horrible, horrible virus. Charley, we’ll always love you,”