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Charley Pride performing at Ronald Reagan's inauguration on January 20, 1981.
Charley Frank Pride
Occupation Singer, musician, recording artist, performer, business owner
Years active 1966‒present

Charley Frank Pride (born March 18, 1938) is an American country music singer, recording artist, baseball player, and businessman. Along with Stoney Edwards and O.B. McClinton, Pride was and remains one of the most notable black country singers of the 1960s and 1970s.

Early life

Charley Pride was born on March 18, 1938 in Sledge, Mississippi to a family of sharecroppers. A mistake on his birth certificate reads his first name as "Charl." Growing up, Pride dreamed of becoming a baseball pitcher and learned to play the guitar at the age of 14.

Pride got his start in baseball in The American Negro League for many teams, including the Mississippi Red Sox, the Birmingham Black Barons, the New York Mets and the Boise Yankees. (The C team for the New York Yankees). It was during this time Pride met and married his wife, Rozene.

Music career and rise to fame

Pride was known to sing at baseball games. He was encouraged to pursue a career in music and caught the eye of record producer Chet Atkins who signed Pride a record deal in 1965. Following that year, Pride released and recorded his debut song "The Snakes Crawl out at Night" which played on the radio but didn't chart. It wasn't until 1969 when he released the record "From Me to You" that he became more well known. In 1971 Pride topped the Billboard charts with the song "Kiss an Angel Good Mornin." Pride also played concerts internationally in Northern Ireland in 1975. In 1981, Pride sang for Ronald Reagan at his Inauguration. The same year he released the album "There's A Little Bit of Hank in Me, where he does his own versions of songs which were first done by Hank Williams. In 1994, Pride published his autobiography.

Current Events

Pride and his wife Rozene currently live in Dallas, Texas. In 2010, Pride became an investor for the Texas Rangers and can be regularly seen at their games.

Personal life

Pride has two sons and a daughter. One of his sons plays in a band.

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