Charley Delight, a legend in the country music marketplace, died now in Dallas, Texas of issues from Covid-19 at age 86.
Born a sharecropper’s son in Sledge, Mississippi, on March 18, 1934, Satisfaction emerged from Southern cotton fields to develop into place music’s very first Black celebrity and the initially Black member of the Country Music Corridor of Fame. Delight is one of only 3 African-Americans to have that honor (the other individuals are DeFord Bailey and Darius Rucker). He was inducted into the Country Audio Corridor of Fame this 12 months.
“No man or woman of shade had at any time completed what he has accomplished,” explained Darius Rucker in the PBS American Masters film Charley Delight: I’m Just Me.
When Pleasure was 14, his mom purchased his to start with guitar and he taught himself to participate in. He beloved audio, but one particular of Pride’s lifelong desires was to turn into a experienced baseball player. In 1952, he pitched for the Memphis Red Six of the Negro American League. In 1953, he signed a contract with the Boise Yankees, the farm of the New York Yankees. For the duration of that period, an damage impacted his fastball, and he was traded to the Birmingham Black Barons.
In the end, his musical expertise was much more outstanding than his pitching arm or his hitting skills, and he emerged as a person of the most significant artists at RCA Records.
Concerning 1967 and 1987, Satisfaction shipped 52 Leading 10 state hits, gained Grammy awards, and turned RCA Records’ major-promoting place artist. His musicality opened minds and outdated prejudice.
Pride’s chart-topping hits provided “Kiss An Angel Very good Mornin’,” “Is Anyone Goin’ to San Antone,” and “Mountain of Enjoy.” He won the Country Audio Association’s Entertainer of the Year award in 1971, and the prime male vocalist prize in 1971 and 1972, repectively.
His closing overall performance came on November 11 of this 12 months when he sang “Kiss An Angel Superior Mornin’” throughout the CMA Awards present at Nashville’s Music City Centre with Jimmie Allen, a present day-working day hitmaker who counts Satisfaction between his heroes.
“We’re not colour blind nevertheless, but we’ve state-of-the-art a number of paces along the route and I like to imagine I’ve contributed some thing to that approach,” Satisfaction wrote in his memoir.
Charley Pride was the spouse of Ebby Rozene Cohran Pride. His small children are Carlton Kraig Delight, Charles Dion Pride, and Angela Rozene Delight. His grandchildren are Carlton Kraig Pride, Jr., Malachi Satisfaction, Syler Pride, Ebby Pride, and Arrentino Vassar. His two terrific-grandchildren are Skyler Satisfaction and Carlton Kraig Satisfaction, III. He also leaves guiding siblings Harmon Satisfaction, Stephen Delight, Catherine Sanders, and Maxine Delight, as effectively as numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of bouquets, the loved ones asks for donations to The Pride Scholarship at Jesuit Faculty Preparatory School, St. Philips School and Local community Heart, The Food Lender, or the charity of your alternative.