NEW YORK (Reuters) – African-American state singer Charley Pride, whose No. 1 state hits included “All I Have to Present You (Is Me)” and “Kiss an Angel Superior Mornin,'” died on Saturday at age 86 of problems from COVID-19, according to his site.
Pride, who died in Dallas, was not the very first Black artist to make critical contributions to state songs, but he was a trailblazer who emerged in the course of a time of division and rancor. In between 1967 and 1987, Pride shipped 52 Best 10 nation hits, gained Grammy awards and grew to become RCA Records’ prime-promoting nation artist, in accordance to the website.
The Mississippi indigenous picked cotton, served in the U.S. Army and played baseball in the Negro league prior to going to Nashville, becoming the initial Black nation star. He joined the Place Music Corridor of Fame in 2000, Rolling Stone magazine reported.
“I’m so heartbroken that one particular of my dearest and oldest mates, Charley Pleasure, has handed away,” country songs star Dolly Parton stated on Twitter. “It is even worse to know that he passed away from COVID-19. What a horrible, horrible virus. Charley, we will normally enjoy you,”
(Producing by Nick Zieminski in New York Editing by Dan Grebler)