By Simdi Gloria;-
Country music’s first black star, Charley Pride has died of complications from COVID-19 aged 86.
A public relations firm confirmed Pride died in Dallas on Saturday
Pride sold more than 25 million records during a career that began in the mid-1960s.
His hit songs included Kiss an Angel Good Morning, Is Anybody Goin’ to San Antone, Burgers and Fries, Mountain of Love, and Someone Loves You, Honey.
He had three Grammy Awards, more than 30 US number one 1 hit between 1969 and 1984, won the Country Music Association’s top male vocalist and entertainer of the year awards in 1972, and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2000.
Fellow country music Hall of Famer Dolly Parton paid tribute to Pride on Twitter, saying she was heartbroken he had passed of the coronavirus.
Country performer Ronnie Milsap called Pride a “pioneer” and said that without his encouragement, Milsap might never gone to Nashville.
“To hear this news tears out a piece of my heart,” he said in a statement.
Australian country star Keith Urban described Pride as “one of the kindest people I’ve ever met”.
Charley Pride will always be a legend in country music. He will truly be missed but will always be remembered for his great music, wonderful personality, and his big heart,” country music star Reba McEntire wrote on Twitter.
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