Dallas singer Charley Pride, dies at 86

Broke country’s color line; Pride was the genre’s first Black superstar

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Charley Pride

Charley Pride, the legendary Dallas-based singer known for his velvet baritone and for breaking the color line in country music, died Dec. 12. He was 86.

Pride died in Dallas, Texas of complications from COVID-19, according to Jeremy Westby of the public relations firm 2911 Media.

From 1966 until 1987, Pride was one of the biggest stars in country music, scoring 52 Top 10 country hits, including 29 chart-toppers. More than a dozen of his songs crossed over to the pop charts, including “Kiss an Angel Good Mornin’” and “Is Anybody Goin’ to San Antone.”

He was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry and the Country Music Hall of Fame, won four Grammys, and sold an estimated 70 million records — more than anyone at RCA not named Elvis.