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Black Country Music Star Charley Pride Dies from Covid

(Photo from Charley Pride website)

Charley Pride helped break the color barrier in country music. For decades he was the most well-known Black Country music, paving the way for other Black artists in the genre. He passed Dec. 12 at 86 from covid.

Pride won the CMA Entertainer of the Year in 1971 and he had over 25 chart topping hits. He sold millions of records and was the first Black performer to become a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, NPR reported.

Pride was a sharecropper’s son from Mississippi. he rose to prominence in the 1960s and ’70s, with many of his songs topping the music charts, including “Kiss an Angel Good Mornin’ ” and “Is Anybody Goin’ to San Antone.”

Pride had at least 30 No. 1 hits on the country music charts and won three Grammys.

He last performed onon Nov. 11 at the CMA Awards, where he sang “Kiss an Angel Good Mornin’ ” with Jimmie Allen.

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