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Charley Pride dies at 86 of COVID-19 difficulties

Charley Pride — a sharecropper’s son who rose from rural Mississippi to turn into the first Black celebrity in country music  — died Saturday at age 86.

The “Kiss An Angel Great Mornin” singer died in Dallas, Texas, due to problems from COVID-19, according to a information release from his publicist, Jeremy Westby. 

In a job spanning additional than 5 decades, Satisfaction cemented a trailblazing legacy unlike any entertainer prior to him. 

He overcame club audiences unwilling to hear a Black singer cover Hank Williams and promoters equally skeptical at web hosting his performances to after becoming the very best-selling artist on RCA Documents due to the fact Elvis Presley. 

Pleasure topped state charts 29 times in his profession, singing stories prosperous with honesty — “I Are not able to Believe that That You’ve got Stopped Loving Me,” “I’m Just Me” and “Exactly where Do I Put Her Memory,” among others — in his distinct, welcoming baritone voice.