• The Original Gene Watson Fan Site

  • Gene Watson: 'Real Country Music' (Fourteen Carat Music, 2016)

  • Gene Watson: 'Back in the Fire & At Last' (Morello Records, 2016) / this album was officially released on Friday 11 November 2016

  • Gene Watson's Calendar

  • The Original Gene Watson Fan Site

  • Gene Watson Guitars by Summey

  • The Original Gene Watson Fan Site

  • The Original Gene Watson Fan Site

  • Gene Watson at The Opry in Nashville

  • The Original Gene Watson Fan Site

Management


Lytle Management Group
P.O. Box 128228
Nashville, TN 37212
Contact Sarah Brosmer
Telephone 615-770-2688

Bookings



Battle Artist Agency
8887 Horton Highway,
College Grove, TN
Contact Rob Battle
office: 615-368-7433
mobile: 615-957-3444

Webster PR



Webster Public Relations
, PO Box 23015, Nashville, TN 37202

Contact Scott Adkins
Telephone 615-777-6995



Gene Watson's Peers within the country music industry believe in the sheer talent of this unassuming man from east Texas, so much so that Gene is regarded by many of them as 'the singer's singer' - and rightly so!

All of Gene Watson's Peers, who were contacted during 2012, were most gracious with their time and words.

It is here, within this special part of The Gene Watson Fan Site, that you have an opportunity to read a quote from Charley Pride, which he submitted to this site on Sunday 7 October 2012.

Sean Brady would like to take this opportunity to say 'thank you' to Charley Pride who made a special contribution to this unique part of this online 'celebration of a Lone Star Hero'.

David Allan

Sean Brady would also like to take this opportunity to say 'thank you' to David Allan, without whom this Gene Watson 'Peer's Quote' from Charley Pride would not have been possible.

Charley Pride

Charley Pride
This quote was submitted on Sunday 7 October 2012.

'Gene Watson is one of my favourite singers.

Gene Watson: 'Reflections' (Capitol Records, 1978)

When we are at The Opry together, I am always at the side stage to enjoy his singing, especially 'Farewell Party', which was written by Lawton Williams (Monday 24 July 1922 - Thursday 26 July 2007) - An).

I am his friend - yours, Charley Pride'.

Thank you, Charley Pride, for your support of Gene Watson.

About Charley Pride...

Charley Pride

Charley Pride is a country music singer, musician / guitarist, recording artist, performer and business owner.

Charley Pride's greatest musical success came in the early-to-mid 1970s when he became the best-selling performer for RCA Records since Elvis Presley (Tuesday 8 January 1935 - Tuesday 16 August 1977).

In total, Charley Pride achieved thirty-nine No.1 hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart.

Charley Pride is one of the few African-American country musicians to have had considerable success in the country music industry and only the second African American to have been inducted as a member of The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.

Charley Pride was born Charley Frank Pride on Friday 18 March 1938 in Sledge, Mississippi and was one of eleven children of poor sharecroppers.  His father intended to name him Charl Frank Pride, but owing to a clerical error on his birth certificate, his legal name is Charley Frank Pride.  In his early teens, Charley Pride began playing guitar.

Charley Pride was raised on a steady diet of traditional country music by listening to radio stations WMPS and WREC in Memphis, as well as The Grand Ole Opry on WSM  650AM in Nashville.

Though he also loved music, one of Charley Pride's lifelong dreams was to become a professional baseball player.  In 1952, he pitched for The Memphis Red Sox of The Negro American League.  He pitched well and, in 1953, he signed a contract with Boise Yankees, the Class C farm team of the New York Yankees.

During that season, an injury caused Charley Pride to lose the 'mustard' on his fastball, and he was sent to the Yankees' Class D team in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.

Later that season, while in The Negro Leagues with The Louisville Clippers, Charley Pride and another player, Jesse Mitchell, were traded to Birmingham Black Barons for a team bus.

Charley Pride pitched for several other minor league teams, his hopes of making it to the big leagues still alive.  He appeared to be advancing to a career in baseball, but the Army derailed this.  After serving two years in the military, Charley Pride tried to return to baseball.

Though hindered by an injury to his throwing arm, Charley Pride briefly played for Missoula Timberjacks of The Pioneer League, a farm club of Cincinnati Reds, in 1960, and had tryouts with California Angels in 1961 and New York Mets in 1962, but was not picked up by either team.

Charley Pride worked construction in Helena, Montana during this time.  When it became apparent that he was not destined for greatness on the baseball diamond, Charley Pride pursued a music career.

While he was active in baseball, Charley Pride had been encouraged to join the music business by country music stars, including Red Sovine (Wednesday 17 July 1918 - Friday 4 April 1980) and Red Foley (Friday 17 June 1910 - Thursday 19 September 1968), and was working towards this career.

In 1963, Charley Pride sang for Red Foley (Friday 17 June 1910 - Thursday 19 September 1968) backstage at a concert in Montana.  When Charley Pride started singing, Red Red Foley (Friday 17 June 1910 - Thursday 19 September 1968) was suitably impressed and arranged for a recording session in Nashville.

In Nashville, Charley Pride met manager and agent Jack D. Johnson, who signed him to a management deal on Wednesday 4 March 1964.

Charley Pride: 1965

'Cowboy' Jack Clement (Sunday 5 April 1931 - Thursday 8 August 2013)

On Monday 16 August 1965, 'Cowboy' Jack Clement (Sunday 5 April 1931 - Thursday 8 August 2013) produced Charley Pride's first recording session and then tried to secure a recording contract for Charley.

'Cowboy' Jack Clement (Sunday 5 April 1931 - Thursday 8 August 2013) then brought the tape to the attention of record producer Chet Atkins (Friday 20 June 1924 - Saturday 30 June 2001).

Chet Atkins (Friday 20 June 1924 - Saturday 30 June 2001) was the longtime producer at RCA Victor Records who had made stars out of country music singers, including Jim Reeves (Monday 20 August 1923 - Friday 31 July 1964) and Skeeter Davis (Wednesday 30 December 1931 - Sunday 19 September 2004).

On Tuesday 28 September 1965, Chet Atkins (Friday 20 June 1924 - Saturday 30 June 2001) signed Charley Pride to RCA Records.

On Tuesday 28 December 1965, Charley Pride saw the release of his first single for RCA Records, 'The Snakes Crawl at Night' (written by Mel Tillis and Fred Burch), was shipped to radio stations, without the usual accompanying photo and biographical information.

RCA Records hoped to draw attention to Charley Pride's vocal quality before he gained attention for his colour.  'The Snakes Crawl at Night' (written by Mel Tillis and Fred Burch) did not chart.

Four noted record producers, Chet Atkins (Friday 20 June 1924 - Saturday 30 June 2001), 'Cowboy' Jack Clement (Sunday 5 April 1931 - Thursday 8 August 2013), Bob Ferguson (Friday 30 December 1927 - Sunday 22 July 2001) and Felton Jarvis (Friday 16 November 1934 - Saturday 3 January 1981), were credited on the first five of Charley Pride's early singles.

However, 'Cowboy' Jack Clement (Sunday 5 April 1931 - Thursday 8 August 2013) was the only producer who entered the studio with Charley Pride, who was credited as 'Country Charley Pride' on these first five singles.

Charley Pride: 1966

In June 1966, Charley Pride's second single for RCA Records, 'Before I Met You', was released, but it did not chart.

Charley Pride: 'Country Charley Pride' (RCA Records, 1966)

In September 1966, Charley Pride saw the release of his debut album for RCA Records, 'Country Charley Pride' (RCA Records, 1966), which included his two early singles, 'The Snakes Crawl at Night' (written by Mel Tillis and Fred Burch) and 'Before I Met You'.

Charley Pride's 'Country Charley Pride' (RCA Records, 1966) also included the following tracks:

'Busted', which was written by Harlan Howard (Thursday 8 September 1927 - Sunday 3 March 2002)
'Distant Drums', which was written by Cindy Walker (Saturday 20 July 1918 - Thursday 23 March 2006)
'Detroit City', which was written by Mel Tillis and Danny Dill (Friday 19 September 1924 - Thursday 23 October 2008)
'Yonder Comes a Sucker', which was written by Jim Reeves (Monday 20 August 1923 - Friday 31 July 1964)
'Green, Green Grass of Home' (written by Curly Putman)
'That's The Chance I'll Have to Take'
'Folsom Prison Blues'
'Miller's Cave'
'Atlantic Coastal Line' (written by Mel Tillis and Fred Burch)
'Got Leavin' on Her Mind', which was written by 'Cowboy' Jack Clement (Sunday 5 April 1931 - Thursday 8 August 2013)

Charley Pride's 'Country Charley Pride' (RCA Records, 1966) reached No.16 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1966.

Charley Pride: 1967

Charley Pride: 'Pride of Country Music' (RCA Records, 1967)

In June 1967, Charley Pride saw the release of 'Pride of Country Music' (RCA Records, 1967), which included his third single for RCA Records; 'Just Between You & Me', which was written by 'Cowboy' Jack Clement (Sunday 5 April 1931 - Thursday 8 August 2013), was the track which finally brought Charley Pride success on the Billboard country music singles chart when it reached No.9 in 1966 and earned him a Grammy Award.

Charley Pride's 'Pride of Country Music' (RCA Records, 1967) also included the following tracks:

'In The Middle of Nowhere'
'Last Thing on My Mind' (written by Tom Paxton)
'Apartment No.9'
'Spell of The Freight Train'
'I Know One', which was written by 'Cowboy' Jack Clement (Sunday 5 April 1931 - Thursday 8 August 2013) (No.6, 1967)
'I'm Not The Boy I Used to Be'
'Good Woman's Love'
'Silence'
'Take Me Home'
'Touch My Heart'
'Best Banjo Picker'

Charley Pride's 'Pride of Country Music' (RCA Records, 1967) reached No.33 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1967.

Charley Pride: 'The Country Way' (RCA Records, 1967)

In December 1967, Charley Pride saw the release of 'The Country Way' (RCA Records, 1967), which included two tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'Does My Ring Hurt Your Finger' (written by Doris Clement, Jerry Crutchfield and Don Robertson) (No.4, 1967)
'The Day The World Stood Still' (written by Jerry Foster and Bill Rice) (No.4, 1967)

Charley Pride's 'The Country Way' (RCA Records, 1967) also included the following tracks:

'Too Hard to Say I'm Sorry', which was written by 'Cowboy' Jack Clement (Sunday 5 April 1931 - Thursday 8 August 2013)
'The Little Folks'
'Crystal Chandeliers', which was written by Ted Harris (1937 - Sunday 22 November 2015) / this track was not issued as a single in the United States, but became a very popular track in the United Kingdom and Ireland
'Act Naturally', which was written by Voni Morrison and Johnny Russell (Tuesday 23 January 1940 - Tuesday 3 July 2001)
'Mama Don't Cry for Me'
'Gone, On The Other Hand', which was written by 'Cowboy' Jack Clement (Sunday 5 April 1931 - Thursday 8 August 2013)
'You Can Tell the World'
'I'll Wander Back to You', which was written by Mel Tillis, Fred Burch and Danny Dill (Friday 19 September 1924 - Thursday 23 October 2008)
'Life Turned Her That Way' (written by Mel Tillis)
'I Threw Away The Rose', which was written by Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016)

Charley Pride's 'The Country Way' (RCA Records, 1967) reached No.1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1967.

It was also in 1967 when Charley Pride became the first black performer to appear at The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville since harmonica player DeFord Bailey (14 December 1899 - Friday 2 July 1982).

DeFord Bailey (14 December 1899 - Friday 2 July 1982) was a regular cast member of The Opry from 1925 through until 1941, and made his final appearance in 1974.  Charley Pride also appeared in 1967 on American Broadcasting Company's 'The Lawrence Welk Show'.

Charley Pride: 1968

Charley Pride: 'Make Mine Country' (RCA Records, 1968)

In April 1968, Charley Pride saw the release of 'Make Mine Country' (RCA Records, 1968), which was produced by Chet Atkins (Friday 20 June 1924 - Saturday 30 June 2001), 'Cowboy' Jack Clement (Sunday 5 April 1931 - Thursday 8 August 2013), Bob Ferguson (Friday 30 December 1927 - Sunday 22 July 2001) and Felton Jarvis (Friday 16 November 1934 - Saturday 3 January 1981).

Charley Pride's 'Make Mine Country' (RCA Records, 1968) reached No.4 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1968, no tracks were released from the album as singles.

Charley Pride's 'Make Mine Country' (RCA Records, 1968) included the following tracks:

'Now I Can Live Again', which was written by 'Cowboy' Jack Clement (Sunday 5 April 1931 - Thursday 8 August 2013)
'A Word or Two to Mary' (written by Vince Bulla and Peter Cotton)
'If You Should Come Back Today', which was written by Johnny Mathis and Harlan Howard (Thursday 8 September 1927 - Sunday 3 March 2002)
'Guess Things Happen That Way', which was written by 'Cowboy' Jack Clement (Sunday 5 April 1931 - Thursday 8 August 2013)
'Before The Next Teardrop Falls', which was written by Ben Peters (Tuesday 20 June 1933 - Wednesday 25 May 2005) and Vivian Keith
'Banks of The Ohio', which was arranged by 'Cowboy' Jack Clement (Sunday 5 April 1931 - Thursday 8 August 2013)
'Wings of a Dove', which was written by Bob Ferguson (Friday 30 December 1927 - Sunday 22 July 2001)
'A Girl I Used to Know', which was written by 'Cowboy' Jack Clement (Sunday 5 April 1931 - Thursday 8 August 2013)
'Lie to Me' (written by Harold Dorman and Wylie Gann)
'Why Didn't I Think of That' (written by Allen, Green and Glaser)
'Above & Beyond (The Call of Love)', which was written by Harlan Howard (Thursday 8 September 1927 - Sunday 3 March 2002)
'Baby is Gone', which was written by 'Cowboy' Jack Clement
 (Sunday 5 April 1931 - Thursday 8 August 2013)

Personnel involved in the recording of Charley Pride's 'Make Mine Country' (RCA Records, 1968) included the following:

Charley Pride (vocals)
Harold Bradley, Wayne Moss and William Irvin (guitar)
Lloyd Green and Weldon Myrick (Monday 10 April 1939 - Monday 2 June 2014) (steel guitar)
Roy M. 'Junior' Huskey (bass)
Hargus 'Pig' Robbins (piano)
Jerry Carrigan (drums)

Charley Pride: 'Songs of Pride...Charley That Is' (RCA Records, 1968)

In September 1968, Charley Pride saw the release of 'Songs of Pride...Charley That Is' (RCA Records, 1968), which included one track, which was a hit single on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'The Easy Part's Over' (written by Jerry Foster and Bill Rice) (No.2, 1968)

Charley Pride's 'Songs Of Pride...Charley That Is' (RCA Records, 1968) also included the following tracks:

'Someday You Will' (written by Jerry Foster and Bill Rice)
'She Made Me Go' (written by Jerry Foster and Bill Rice)
'The Right to Do Wrong' (written by Fred Foster)
'The Day You Stop Loving Me' (written by Ray Buzzeo)
'I Could Have Saved You The Time', which was written by 'Cowboy' Jack Clement (Sunday 5 April 1931 - Thursday 8 August 2013)
'One of These Days', which was written by Vincent Wesley Matthews (1940 - Saturday 22 November 2003)
'All The Time' (written by Wayne P. Walker and Mel Tillis)
'My Heart is a House' (written by Ray Winkler and Johnny Hathcock)
'Let Me Help You Work It Out' (written by Fred Foster)
'Both of Us Love You', which was written by Red Lane (Thursday 2 February 1939 - Wednesday 1 July 2015)
'The Top of The World' (written by Johnny Irwin)

Charley Pride's 'Songs of Pride...Charley That Is' (RCA Records, 1968), which reached No.6 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1968, was released in the United Kingdom in 1971.

Charley Pride: 1969

Charley Pride: 'The Sensational Charley Pride' (RCA Records, 1969)

In May 1969, Charley Pride saw the release of 'The Sensational Charley Pride' (RCA Records, 1969), which included one track, which was a hit single on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'Let The Chips Fall', which was written by 'Cowboy' Jack Clement (Sunday 5 April 1931 - Thursday 8 August 2013)
(No.4, 1969)

Charley Pride's 'The Sensational Charley Pride' (RCA Records, 1969) also included the following tracks:

'Louisiana Man' (written by Doug Kershaw)
'She's Still Got a Hold on You', which was written by 'Cowboy' Jack Clement (Sunday 5 April 1931 - Thursday 8 August 2013)
'Come on Home (& Sing the Blues to Daddy)' (written by Ray Corbin)
'Never More Than' (written by Alex Zanetis)
'Let Me Live Again' (written by Alex Zanetis)
'Take Care of The Little Things' (written by Alex Zanetis)
'Even After Everything She's Done' (written by Jerry Foster and Bill Rice)
'It's Just a Matter of Making up My Mind' (written by Jerry Foster and Bill Rice)
'It's The Little Things' (written by Arlie Duff)
'Billy Bayou', which was written by Roger Miller (Thursday 2 January 1936 - Sunday 25 October 1992)
'We Had All The Good Things Going' (written by Jerry Monday)

Charley Pride: 'Charley Pride...in Person at Panther Hall' (RCA Records, 1969)

In January 1969, Charley Pride saw the release of 'Charley Pride...in Person at Panther Hall' (RCA Records, 1969), an album which was recorded 'live' and included 'Kaw-Liga', which was written by Hank Williams (Monday 17 September 1923 - Thursday 1 January 1953); the track reached No.3 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1969.

In June 1969, Charley Pride moved from Helena, Montana to Dallas, Texas; Texas' central location made it easier for him to tour.

On Saturday 6 September 1969, Charley Pride appeared on American national television on 'The Johnny Cash Show' to perform a medley of Hank Williams (Monday 17 September 1923 - Thursday 1 January 1953) songs with Johnny Cash (Friday 26 February 1932 - Friday 12 September 2003).

Charley Pride: 'The Best of Charley Pride' (RCA Records, 1969)

In October 1969, Charley Pride saw the release of his first 'Best of' collection, 'The Best of Charley Pride' (RCA Records, 1969), which included the following tracks:

'Just Between You & Me', which was written by 'Cowboy' Jack Clement (Sunday 5 April 1931 - Thursday 8 August 2013)
 (No.9, 1966)
'Does My Ring Hurt Your Finger' (written by Doris Clement, Jerry Crutchfield and Don Robertson) (No.4, 1967)
'Kaw-Liga', which was written by Hank Williams (Monday 17 September 1923 - Thursday 1 January 1953) (No.3, 1969)
'The Snakes Crawl at Night' (written by Mel Tillis and Fred Burch) / this track was released as a single in 1966, but it did not chart
'All I Have to Offer You (is me)', which was written by Arthur Leo 'Doodle' Owens (Friday 28 November 1930 - Monday 4 October 1999) and Dallas Frazier (No.1 for one week in August 1969)
'The Easy Part's Over' (written by Jerry Foster and Bill Rice) (No.2, 1968)
'The Day The World Stood Still' (written by Jerry Foster and Bill Rice) (No.4, 1967)
'I Know One', which was written by 'Cowboy' Jack Clement (Sunday 5 April 1931 - Thursday 8 August 2013) (No.6, 1967)
'Gone, On The Other Hand', which was written by 'Cowboy' Jack Clement (Sunday 5 April 1931 - Thursday 8 August 2013)
'Before I Met You'
/ this track was released as a single in 1966, but it did not chart
'Too Hard to Say I'm Sorry', which was written by 'Cowboy' Jack Clement (Sunday 5 April 1931 - Thursday 8 August 2013) / this track was an album track in 1967
'Let The Chips Fall', which was written by 'Cowboy' Jack Clement (Sunday 5 April 1931 - Thursday 8 August 2013) (No.4, 1969)

Charley Pride's 'The Best of Charley Pride' (RCA Records, 1969) reached No.1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart on Saturday 20 December 1969 and remained there for thirteen weeks; the album sold over one million copies and was awarded a 'Gold' disc.

Charley Pride: 1970

Charley Pride: 'Just Plain Charley' (RCA Records, 1970)

In January 1970, Charley Pride saw the release of 'Just Plain Charley' (RCA Records, 1970), which included one track, which was a hit single on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'I'm So Afraid of Losing You Again', which was written by Arthur Leo 'Doodle' Owens (Friday 28 November 1930 - Monday 4 October 1999) and
Dallas Frazier (No.1 for three weeks in December 1969 / January 1970)

Charley Pride's 'Just Plain Charley' (RCA Records, 1970) also included the following tracks:

'Me & Bobby McGee' (written by Fred Foster and Kris Kristofferson)
'A Good Chance of Tear Fall Tonight'
'One Time'
'A Brand New Bed of Roses' (written by Alex Zanetis)
'That's Why I Love You So Much'
'If You'd Have Only Taken The Time'
'Gone, Gone, Gone'
'Happy Street'
'I'm a Lonesome Fugitive', which was written by Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016)
'It's All Right'

Charley Pride: 'Charley Pride's 10th Album' (RCA Records, 1970)

In June 1970, Charley Pride saw the release of 'Charley Pride's 10th Album' (RCA Records, 1970), which included one track, which was a hit single on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'Is Anybody Goin' To San Antone', which was written by Glenn Martin and Dave Kirby (Sunday 10 July 1938 - Saturday 17 April 2004)
 (No.1 for two weeks in April / May 1970)

'Charley Pride's 10th Album' (RCA Records, 1970) also included the following tracks:

'Able Bodied Man' (written by Jerry Foster and Bill Rice)
'Through The Years' (written by Jerry Foster and Bill Rice)
'Thought of Losing You' (written by Jerry Foster and Bill Rice)
'I Think I'll Take a Walk', which was written by 'Cowboy' Jack Clement (Sunday 5 April 1931 - Thursday 8 August 2013)
'Things Are Looking Up' (written by Hugh X. Lewis)
'Special' (written by Jerry Foster and Bill Rice)
'Poor Boy Like Me' (written by Alex Zanetis)
'(There's) Nobody Home to Go Home To' (written by Milton Addington, Dickey Lee and Allen Reynolds)
'This is My Year For Mexico', which was written by Vincent Wesley Matthews (1940 - Saturday 22 November 2003)

Gene Watson: 'Love in the Hot Afternoon' (Capitol Records, 1975)

Gene Watson recorded 'This is My Year For Mexico', which was written by Vincent Wesley Matthews (1940 - Saturday 22 November 2003), and included the track on 'Love in the Hot Afternoon' (Capitol Records, 1975).

Gene Watson: 'Love in the Hot Afternoon & Paper Rosie' (Hux Records, 2002)

On Tuesday 3 December 2002, England's Hux Records released 'Love in the Hot Afternoon' (Capitol Records, 1975), along with 'Paper Rosie' (Capitol Records, 1977), as a special '2-for-1' CD set.

Crystal Gayle: 'Crystal Gayle' (United Artists Records, 1975)

Crystal Gayle
recorded 'This is My Year For Mexico', which was written by Vincent Wesley Matthews (1940 - Saturday 22 November 2003), and included the track on 'Crystal Gayle' (United Artists Records, 1975).

Charley Pride: 'From Me to You' (RCA Records, 1970)

In December 1970, Charley Pride saw the release of 'From Me to You' (RCA Records, 1970), which included two tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'Wonder Could I Live There Anymore' (written by Bill Rice)
(No.1 for two weeks in July / August 1970)
'I Can't Believe That You've Stopped Loving Me', which was written by Arthur Leo 'Doodle' Owens (Friday 28 November 1930 - Monday 4 October 1999) and Dallas Frazier (No.1 for two weeks in November 1970)

Charley Pride's 'From Me to You' (RCA Records, 1970) also included the following tracks:

'That's The Only Way Life's Good to Me'
'Someone I Can't Forget'
'Sweet Promises'
'Was It All Worth Losing You', which was written by Audie Leon Murphy (Saturday 20 June 1925 - Friday 28 May 1971)
'Fifteen Years Ago'
'Pirogue Joe' (written by Roy Botkin)
'Time, You're Not a Friend of Mine'
'Today is That Tomorrow'

Charley Pride: 'Christmas in My Hometown' (RCA Records, 1970)

In November 1970, Charley Pride saw the release of his first collection of Christmas songs, 'Christmas in My Hometown' (RCA Records, 1970); the title track reached No.11 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop music singles chart in 1970.

Charley Pride's first collection of Christmas songs, 'Christmas in My Hometown' (RCA Records, 1970) also included the following tracks:

'Christmas in My Home Town' (written by Lassaye Van Buren Holmes)
'Deck the Halls (with Boughs of Holly)' (traditional)
'They Stood in Silent Prayer' (written by Alex Zanetis)
'Santa & The Kids' (written by Sue Lane and Charley Pride)
'Silent Night' (written by Franz Grüber and Joseph Mohr)
'Little Drummer Boy' (written by Katherine Davis, Henry Onorati and Harry Simeone)
'Happy Christmas Day' (written by Sue Lane and Charley Pride)
'The First Christmas Morn' (written by Sue Lane)
'Christmas & Love' (written by Lassaye Van Buren Holmes)
'O, Holy Night' (written by Adolphe Adam and John Sullivan Dwight)
'Out of The East' (written by Harry Noble)
'Christmas without Mary' (written by Blake Mevis, William Shore and David Wills)
'Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow' (written by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne)

Charley Pride: 'The Best of Charley Pride' (RCA Records, 1969) Charley Pride: 'Just Plain Charley' (RCA Records, 1970) Charley Pride: 'Charley Pride's 10th Album' (RCA Records, 1970)

During the course of 1970, Charley Pride made the top of the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart a home of his own; he spent a total of thirty weeks at No.1 with three releases, 'The Best of Charley Pride' (RCA Records, 1969), 'Just Plain Charley' (RCA Records, 1970) and 'Charley Pride's 10th Album' (RCA Records, 1970).

Johnny Duncan (Wednesday 5 October 1938 - Monday 14 August 2006)

It was also during the course of 1970 when Johnny Duncan (Wednesday 5 October 1938 - Monday 14 August 2006) joined Charley Pride's show.

Charley Pride saw promise in Johnny Duncan (Wednesday 5 October 1938 - Monday 14 August 2006) as a vocalist and allowed him to use his band, The Pridesmen, while on tour.

Charley Pride: 1971

Charley Pride: 'Did You Think to Pray' (RCA Records, 1971)

In March 1971, Charley Pride saw the release of his first collection of religious material; 'Did You Think to Pray' (RCA Records, 1971) included two tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard country music hit singles chart:

'Let Me Live', which was written by Ben Peters (Tuesday 20 June 1933 - Wednesday 25 May 2005)
(No.21, 1971)
'Did You Think to Pray' (written by Mary Kidder and William Perkins) (No.70, 1971)

Charley Pride's first collection of religious material, 'Did You Think to Pray' (RCA Records, 1971), also included the following tracks:

'I'll Fly Away', which was written by Albert Edward Brumley (Sunday 29 October 1905 - Tuesday 15 November 1977)
'Time Out for Jesus' (written by Ann J. Morton)
'Angel Band' (written by William B. Bradbury)
'Jesus, Don't Give Up on Me', which was written by 'Cowboy' Jack Clement (Sunday 5 April 1931 - Thursday 8 August 2013) and Alex Zanetis
'Whispering Hope' (written by Septimus Winner)
'This Highway Leads to Glory' (written by Lassaye Holmes)
'The Church in The Wildwood' (written by William Pitts)
'Lord, Build Me a Cabin in Glory' (written by Curtis Stewart)
'Wings of a Dove', which was written by Bob Ferguson (Friday 30 December 1927 - Sunday 22 July 2001)

Charley Pride's first collection of religious material, 'Did You Think to Pray' (RCA Records, 1971), reached No.1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1971.

Charley Pride: 'I'm Just Me' (RCA Records, 1971)

In June 1971, Charley Pride saw the release of 'I'm Just Me' (RCA Records, 1971), which included two tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'I'd Rather Love You', which was written by Johnny Duncan (Wednesday 5 October 1938 - Monday 14 August 2006)
(No.1 for three weeks in March 1971)
'I'm Just Me' (written by Glenn Martin) (No.1 for four weeks in July / August 1971)

Charley Pride's 'I'm Just Me' (RCA Records, 1971) also included the following tracks:

'On The Southbound'
'(In My World) You Don't Belong', which was written by Johnny Duncan (Wednesday 5 October 1938 - Monday 14 August 2006)
'You Never Gave Up on Me'
'Instant Loneliness', which was written by Johnny Duncan (Wednesday 5 October 1938 - Monday 14 August 2006)
'A Place for The Lonesome' (written by James Bullington)
'Hello Darlin', which was written by Conway Twitty (Friday 1 September 1933 - Saturday 5 June 1993)
'You're Still The Only One I'll Ever Love'
'That's My Way'

Charley Pride's 'I'm Just Me' (RCA Records, 1971) reached No.1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1971.

Charley Pride: 'Charley Pride Sings Heart Songs' (RCA Records, 1971)

In October 1971, Charley Pride saw the release of 'Charley Pride Sings Heart Songs' (RCA Records, 1971), which included one track, which was a hit single on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'Kiss An Angel Good Morning', which was written by Ben Peters (Tuesday 20 June 1933 - Wednesday 25 May 2005)
 (No.1 for five weeks in December 1971 / January 1972 / this track also reached No.21 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop music singles chart in 1971, was a Top 10 hit single on the Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart in 1971, and reached No.19 on the Cash Box Top 100 Chart in 1971

'Kiss An Angel Good Morning', which was written by Ben Peters (Tuesday 20 June 1933 - Wednesday 25 May 2005), became Charley Pride's biggest hit single, and signature song, and sold a million copies.

'Kiss An Angel Good Morning', which was written by Ben Peters (Tuesday 20 June 1933 - Wednesday 25 May 2005), helped Charley Pride win the Country Music Association's prestigious 'Entertainer of the Year' Award in 1971, as well as 'Top Male Vocalist' (also in 1971).

Charley Pride's 'Charley Pride Sings Heart Songs' (RCA Records, 1971) also included the following tracks:

'You'll Still Be The One', which was written by Johnny Duncan (Wednesday 5 October 1938 - Monday 14 August 2006)
'Anywhere (Just Inside Your Arms)' (written by Wanda Ballman)
'I'm Beginning to Believe My Own Lies'
'What Money Can't Buy'
'No One Could Ever Take Me from You'
'Jeanie Norman' (written by Dale Morris)
'Once Again', which was written by Johnny Duncan (Wednesday 5 October 1938 - Monday 14 August 2006)
'Miracles, Music & My Wife'
'Pretty Houses for Sale'

Charley Pride's 'Charley Pride Sings Heart Songs' (RCA Records, 1971) reached No.1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1971.

Charley Pride: 1972

In 1972, Charley Pride won the Country Music Association's 'Top Male Vocalist' Award.

Charley Pride: 'The Best of Charley Pride, Volume 2' (RCA Records, 1972)

In February 1972, Charley Pride saw the release of 'The Best of Charley Pride, Volume 2' (RCA Records, 1972), which included the following tracks:

'A Place for The Lonesome' (written by James Bullington)
 / this track was an album track in 1972
'I'd Rather Love You', which was written by Johnny Duncan (Wednesday 5 October 1938 - Monday 14 August 2006) (No.1 for three weeks in March 1971)
'Is Anybody Goin' To San Antone', which was written by Dave Kirby (Sunday 10 July 1938 - Saturday 17 April 2004) and Glenn Martin (No.1 for two weeks in April / May 1970)
'Kiss An Angel Good Morning', which was written by Ben Peters (Tuesday 20 June 1933 - Wednesday 25 May 2005) (No.1 for five weeks in December 1971 / January 1972 / this track also reached No.21 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop music singles chart in 1971, was a Top 10 hit single on the Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart in 1971, and reached No.19 on the Cash Box Top 100 Chart in 1971
'(In My World) You Don't Belong', which was written by Johnny Duncan (Wednesday 5 October 1938 - Monday 14 August 2006) / this track was an album track in 1971
'Someone I Can't Forget' / this track was an album track in 1970
'I'm Just Me' (written by Glenn Martin) (No.1 for four weeks in July / August 1971)
'Let Me Live', which was written by Ben Peters (Tuesday 20 June 1933 - Wednesday 25 May 2005) (No.21, 1971)
'I'm So Afraid of Losing You Again', which was written by Arthur Leo 'Doodle' Owens (Friday 28 November 1930 - Monday 4 October 1999) and Dallas Frazier (No.1 for three weeks in December 1969 / January 1970
'You'll Still Be The One', which was written by Johnny Duncan (Wednesday 5 October 1938 - Monday 14 August 2006) / this track was an album track in 1971

Charley Pride's 'The Best of Charley Pride, Volume 2' (RCA Records, 1972) reached No.1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1972.

On Tuesday 14 March 1972, Charley Pride won his first two Grammy Awards; 'Did You Think to Pray' picked up the award for 'Best Sacred Performance' and 'Let Me Live' picked up the award for 'Best Gospel Performance'.

In April 1972, Charley Pride's recording of 'All The Children', with lyrics by Alan and Marilyn Bergman and music by Henry Mancini, was included on the soundtrack of 'Sometimes a Great Notion', a movie which starred Paul Newman (Monday 26 January 1925 - Friday 26 September 2008), who also directed the feature.

'All The Children' reached No.2 on the Billboard country music singles chart in April 1972.

Charley Pride: 'A Sunshiny Day' (RCA Records, 1972)

In July 1972, Charley Pride saw the release of 'A Sunshiny Day' (RCA Records, 1972), which included one track, which was a hit single on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'It's Gonna Take a Little Bit Longer', which was written by Ben Peters (Tuesday 20 June 1933 - Wednesday 25 May 2005)
(No.1 for three weeks in July / August 1972)

Charley Pride's 'A Sunshiny Day' (RCA Records, 1972) also included the following tracks:

'Sunshiny Day'
'When The Trains Come In'
'You're Wanting Me to Stop Loving You'
'Back to The Country'
'Put Back My Ring on Your Hand'
'Seven Years with a Wonderful Woman'
'She's Helping Me Get Over You'
'One More Year'
'Nothin' Left But Leaving', which was written by Johnny Duncan (Wednesday 5 October 1938 - Monday 14 August 2006)

Charley Pride's 'A Sunshiny Day' (RCA Records, 1972) reached No.1 on the Billboard Top Country Slbums Chart in 1972.

Charley Pride: 'The Incomparable Charley Pride' (RCA Records, 1972)

In August 1972, Charley Pride saw the release of 'The Incomparable Charley Pride' (RCA Records, 1972), a compilation album, which included the following tracks:

'I'd Rather Love You', which was written by Johnny Duncan (Wednesday 5 October 1938 - Monday 14 August 2006)
 (No.1 for three weeks in March 1971)
'Time (You're Not a Friend of Mine)' (written by Sue Lane) / this track was an album track in 1970
'Jeanie Norman' (written by Dale Morris) / this track was an album track in 1971
'Anywhere (Just Inside Your Arms)' (written by Wanda Ballman) / this track was an album track in 1971
'When The Trains Come In' (written by Al Urban) / this track was an album track in 1972
'Piroque Joe' (written by Roy Botkin) / this track was an album track in 1970
'Was It All Worth Losing You', which was written by Audie Leon Murphy (Saturday 20 June 1925 - Friday 28 May 1971) / this track was an album track in 1970
'Instant Loneliness', which was written by Johnny Duncan (Wednesday 5 October 1938 - Monday 14 August 2006) / this track was an album track in 1971
'This Highway Leads to Glory' (written by Lassaye Holmes) / this track was an album track in 1971
'Time Out for Jesus' (written by Ann J. Morton) / this track was an album track in 1971

Charley Pride's 'The Incomparable Charley Pride' (RCA Records, 1972) reached No.16 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1972, and No.189 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart in 1972.

Charley Pride: 'Songs of Love by Charley Pride' (RCA Records, 1972)

In December 1972, Charley Pride saw the release of 'Songs of Love by Charley Pride' (RCA Records, 1972), which included one track, which was a hit single on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'She's Too Good to Be True', which was written by
Johnny Duncan (Wednesday 5 October 1938 - Monday 14 August 2006) (No.1 for three weeks in November / December 1972)

Charley Pride's 'Songs of Love by Charley Pride' (RCA Records, 1972) also included the following tracks:

'Too Weak to Let You Go'
'She's That Kind'
'You were All the Good in Me'
'Give a Lonely Heart a Home'
'Good Hearted Woman', which was written by Waylon Jennings (Tuesday 15 June 1937 - Wednesday 13 February 2002) and Willie Nelson
'I Love You More in Memory'
'My Love is Deep, My Love is Wide'
'(Darlin' Think of Me) Every Now & Then', which was written by Johnny Duncan (Wednesday 5 October 1938 - Monday 14 August 2006)
'I'm Building Bridges'

Charley Pride's 'Songs of Love by Charley Pride' (RCA Records, 1972) reached No.1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1972.

It was also in late 1972 when Johnny Duncan (Wednesday 5 October 1938 - Monday 14 August 2006) left the Charley Pride Show in order to concentrate on his own recording career.

In December 1972, Billboard named Charley Pride 'Top Country Singles Artist' for the entire year.

Charley Pride: 1973

Charley Pride: 'Sweet Country' (RCA Records, 1973)

In April 1973, Charley Pride saw the release of 'Sweet Country' (RCA Records, 1973), which included two tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'A Shoulder to Cry On', which was written by Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016)
(No.1 for one week in April 1973)
'Don't Fight The Feelings of Love', which was written by John Schweers (No.1 for one week in June / July 1973)

Charley Pride's 'Sweet Country' (RCA Records, 1973) also included the following tracks:

'Along The Mississippi'
'The Happiest Song on The Jukebox'
'The Shelter of Your Eyes' (written by Don Williams)
'I'm Learning to Love Her', which was written by Johnny Duncan (Wednesday 5 October 1938 - Monday 14 August 2006)
'Just to Be Loved by You'
'Tennessee Girl', which was written by Ben Peters (Tuesday 20 June 1933 - Wednesday 25 May 2005)
'Love Unending'
'Pass Me By'

Charley Pride's 'Sweet Country' (RCA Records, 1973) reached No.3 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1973.

Charley Pride: 'Amazing Love' (RCA Records, 1973)

In October 1973, Charley Pride saw the release of 'Amazing Love' (RCA Records, 1973), which included one track, which was a hit single on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'Amazing Love' (written by John Schweers)
(No.1 for one week in December 1973)

Charley Pride's 'Amazing Love' (RCA Records, 1973) also included the following tracks:

'Comin' Down with Love'
'If She Just Helps Me Get Over You'
'I'm Only Losin' Everything I Threw Away'
'Footprints in The Sands of Time'
'Blue Ridge Mountains Turnin' Green'
'I've Just Found Another Reason For Loving You'
'Old Photographs'
I'm Glad it was You'
'Mr. Joe Henry's Happy Hand Clappin' Open Air Rhythm Band'

Charley Pride's 'Amazing Love' (RCA Records, 1973) reached No.1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1973.

Charley Pride: 1974

Charley Pride: 'A Sunshiny Day' (RCA Records, 1972)

In February 1974, Charley Pride's 'A Sunshiny Day' (RCA Records, 1972) was the first record named 'Favourite Country Album' in the American Music Awards; the album had been released by RCA Records in July 1972.

Charley Pride: 'Country Feeling' (RCA Records, 1974)

In May 1974, Charley Pride saw the release of 'Country Feeling' (RCA Records, 1974), which included one track, which was a hit single on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'We Could', which was written by Felice Bryant (Friday 7 August 1925 - Tuesday 22 April 2003) (No.3, 1974)

Charley Pride's 'Country Feeling' (RCA Records, 1974) also included the following tracks:

'Which Way Do We Go' (written by Allen Reynolds and Don Williams)
'It Amazes Me' (written by Allen Reynolds and Wayland Holyfield)
'All His Children' (written by Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman) / this track was arranged and conducted by Henry Mancini for the motion picture 'Sometimes a Great Nation'
'Streets of Gold' (written by Jim Lunsford)
'I Don't See How I Can Love You Anymore', which was written by Max D. Barnes (Friday 24 July 1936 - Sunday 11 January 2004) and Maria Houston
'Singin' a Song About Love', which was written by Ben Peters (Tuesday 20 June 1933 - Wednesday 25 May 2005)
'The Man I Used to Be', which was written by Max D. Barnes (Friday 24 July 1936 - Sunday 11 January 2004)
'Let My Love In' (written by John Riggs)
'Love Put a Song in My Heart', which was written by Ben Peters (Tuesday 20 June 1933 - Wednesday 25 May 2005)

Charley Pride's 'Country Feeling' (RCA Records, 1974) reached No.15 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1974.

Charley Pride: 'Pride of America' (RCA Records, 1974)

In November 1974, Charley Pride saw the release of 'Pride of America' (RCA Records, 1974), which included two tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'Mississippi Cotton Pickin' Delta Town', which was written by Harold Dorman (Thursday 23 December 1926 - Saturday 8 October 1988) and Wiley Gann (No.3, 1974)
'Then Who Am I', which was written by Arthur Leo 'Doodle' Owens (Friday 28 November 1930 - Monday 4 October 1999) and Dallas Frazier (No.1 for one week in February 1975)

Charley Pride's 'Pride of America' (RCA Records, 1974) also included the following tracks:

'I Still Can't Leave Your Memory Alone', which was written by Geoffrey Morgan and Kent M. Robbins (Wednesday 23 April 1947 - Saturday 27 December 1997)
'The Hard Times will be The Best Times' (written by Red Stegall)
'Completely Helpless' (written by John Schweers)
'She Loves Me The Way That I Love You' (written by Bobby P. Barker)
'Mary Go Round', which was written by Johnny Duncan (Wednesday 5 October 1938 - Monday 14 August 2006)
'That Was Forever Ago', which was written by Johnny Duncan (Wednesday 5 October 1938 - Monday 14 August 2006)
'Thorns of Life' (written by Paul Huffman, Joane Keller and Bucky Jones)
'North Wind' (written by Rod Morris)

The vocal accompaniment on Charley Pride's 'Pride of America' (RCA Records, 1974) was by The Jordanaires and The Nashville Edition.

Charley Pride's 'Pride of America' (RCA Records, 1974) reached No.4 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1974.

Charley Pride: 1975

Charley Pride: 'Charley' (RCA Records, 1975)

In May 1975, Charley Pride saw the release of 'Charley' (RCA Records, 1975), which included two tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'It Ain't All Bad', which was written by Johnny Duncan (Wednesday 5 October 1938 - Monday 14 August 2006)
(No.6, 1975)
'Hope You're Feelin' Me (Like I'm Feelin' You)' (written by Bobby David and Jim Rushing) (No.1 for one week in October 1975)

Charley Pride's 'Charley' (RCA Records, 1975) also included the following tracks:

'Searching For The Morning Sun'
'Hardest Part of Livin's Loving Me'
'Now & Then'
'Fools', which was written by Johnny Duncan (Wednesday 5 October 1938 - Monday 14 August 2006)
'She's as Close as I Can Get to Loving You'
'One Mile More'
'You're The Woman Behind Everything'
'Lovin' Understandin' Man' (written by Jim Rushing)

Charley Pride's 'Charley' (RCA Records, 1975) reached No.5 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1975.

Charley Pride: 'The Happiness of Having You' (RCA Records, 1975)

In November 1975, Charley Pride saw the release of 'The Happiness of Having You' (RCA Records, 1975), which included two tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'The Happiness of Having You'
(No.3, 1975)
'My Eyes Can Only See as Far as You' (written by Naomi Martin and Jimmy Payne) (No.1 for one week in May 1976)

Charley Pride's 'The Happiness of Having You' (RCA Records, 1975) also included the following tracks:

'I Can't Keep My Hands Off of You'
'Everything I Am'
'I've Got a Woman to Lean On'
'Right Back Missing You Again', which was written by Johnny Duncan (Wednesday 5 October 1938 - Monday 14 August 2006)
'Help Me Make It Through The Night' (written by Kris Kristofferson)
'Oklahoma Morning'
'Everything She Touches Turns to Love'
'Signs of Love'

Charley Pride's 'The Happiness of Having You' (RCA Records, 1975) reached No.2 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1975.

Charley Pride: 1976

Charley Pride: 'Sunday Morning with Charley Pride' (RCA Records, 1976)

In April 1976, Charley Pride saw the release of 'Sunday Morning with Charley Pride' (RCA Records, 1976), which included the following tracks:

'I Don't Deserve a Mansion'
'Be Grateful'
'He's The Man'
'In Jesus' Name I Pray'
'Without Mama Here'
'Little Delta Church'
'Next Year Finally Came'
'Jesus is Our Saviour Child'
'He Took My Place'
'Brush Arbor Meeting'

Charley Pride's 'Sunday Morning with Charley Pride' (RCA Records, 1976) reached No.14 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1976.

Dave & Sugar: 'Dave & Sugar' (RCA Records, 1976)

In August 1976, Dave & Sugar saw the release of their self-titled debut album, 'Dave & Sugar' (RCA Records, 1976), which was produced by Jerry Bradley, Charley Pride and Dave Rowland, and included three tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'Queen of The Silver Dollar', which was written by Shel Silverstein (Thursday 25 September 1930 - Saturday 8 May 1999 / Sunday 9 May 1999)
(No.25, 1975)
'The Door is Always Open' (written by Bob McDill and Dickey Lee) (No.1 for one week in July 1976)
'I'm Gonna Love You' (written by Baker Knight) (No.3, 1976)

Dave & Sugar's self-titled debut album, 'Dave & Sugar' (RCA Records, 1976), also included the following tracks:

'Can't Help But Wonder'
'Whole Lotta Things to Sing About'
'I've Been So Wrong For So Long'
'Fools'
'Late Nite Country Lovin' Music'
'I'm Leavin' The Leavin' to You'
'Queen of My Heart'

Dave & Sugar's self-titled debut album, 'Dave & Sugar' (RCA Records, 1976), reached No.3 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1976.

Charley Pride: 'The Best of Charley Pride, Volume 3' (RCA Records, 1976)

In October 1976, Charley Pride saw the release of 'The Best of Charley Pride, Volume 3' (RCA Records, 1976), which included the following tracks:

'I Don't Deserve a Mansion'
/ this track was an album track in 1976
'My Eyes Can Only See as Far as You' (written by Naomi Martin and Jimmy Payne) (No.1 for one week in May 1976)
'The Happiness of Having You' (No.3, 1975)
'Hope You're Feelin' Me (Like I'm Feelin' You)' (written by Bobby David and Jim Rushing) (No.1 for one week in October 1975)
'It Ain't All Bad', which was written by Johnny Duncan (Wednesday 5 October 1938 - Monday 14 August 2006) (No.6, 1975)
'Then Who Am I', which was written by Arthur Leo 'Doodle' Owens (Friday 28 November 1930 - Monday 4 October 1999) and Dallas Frazier (No.1 for one week in February 1975)
'Mississippi Cotton Pickin' Delta Town', which was written by Harold Dorman (Thursday 23 December 1926 - Saturday 8 October 1988) and Wiley Gann (No.3, 1974)
'Searching For The Morning Sun' / this track was an album track in 1975
'Amazing Love' (written by John Schweers) (No.1 for one week in December 1973)
'Don't Fight The Feelings of Love', which was written by John Schweers (No.1 for one week in June / July 1973)
'Oklahoma Morning' / this track was an album track in 1975

Charley Pride's 'The Best of Charley Pride, Volume 3' (RCA Records, 1976) reached No.3 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1976.

Charley Pride: 1977

Charley Pride: 'She's Just An Old Love Turned Memory' (RCA Records, 1977)

In March 1977, Charley Pride saw the release of 'She's Just An Old Love Turned Memory' (RCA Records, 1977), which included three tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'A Whole Lotta Things to Sing About', which was written by Ben Peters (Tuesday 20 June 1933 - Wednesday 25 May 2005)
(No.2 in October 1976)
'She's Just An Old Love Turned Memory' (written by John Schweers) (No.1 for one week in March 1977)
'I'll Be Leaving Alone' (written by Dickey Lee and Wayland Holyfield) (No.1 for one week in July 1977)

Charley Pride's 'She's Just An Old Love Turned Memory' (RCA Records, 1977) also included the following tracks:

'Rhinestone Cowboy' (written by Larry Weiss)
'The Hunger' (written by Lee Fry)
'I Feel The Country Callin' Me'
'We Need Lovin'
'Country Music'
'Rose is for Today'
'Get Up Off Your Good Intention'

Charley Pride's 'She's Just An Old Love Turned Memory' (RCA Records, 1977) reached No.6 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1977.

Charley Pride: 1978

Charley Pride: 'Someone Loves You Honey' (RCA Records, 1978)

In February 1978, Charley Pride saw the release of 'Someone Loves You Honey' (RCA Records, 1978), which included two tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'More to Me', which was written by Ben Peters (Tuesday 20 June 1933 - Wednesday 25 May 2005)
 (No.1 for one week in November 1977)
'Someone Loves You Honey' (written by Don Devaney) (No.1 for two weeks in April 1978)

Charley Pride's 'Someone Loves You Honey' (RCA Records, 1978) also included the following tracks:

'Georgia Keeps Pulling on My Ring' (written by Tim Marshall and David Wilkins)
'I Love You'
'Play Guitar Play', which was written by Conway Twitty (Friday 1 September 1933 - Saturday 5 June 1993)
'Another I Love You Kind of Day'
'Days of Our Lives'
'Daydreams about Night Things' (written by John Schweers)
'Heaven Watches Over Fools Like Me'
'Days of Sand & Shovels'
'I'm Never Leavin' You'

Charley Pride's 'Someone Loves You Honey' (RCA Records, 1978) reached No.4 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1978.

Dave & Sugar: 'Tear Time' (RCA Records, 1978)

In August 1978, Dave & Sugar saw the release of 'Tear Time' (RCA Records, 1978), which was produced by Jerry Bradley, Charley Pride and Dave Rowland, and included two tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'Gotta Quit Lookin' at You, Baby' (No.4, 1978)
'Tear Time' (written by Jan Crutchfield) (No.1 for one week in October 1978)
'It's a Heartache' (written by Ronnie Scott and Steve Wolfe) (No.32, 1981)

Dave & Sugar's 'Tear Time' (RCA Records, 1978) also included the following tracks:

'We Are The One'
'Tie Me to Your Heart Again'
'How Can I Stop My Lovin' You'
'Somebody Wake Me'
'Nothing Makes Me Feel as Good'
'Baby, Take Your Coat Off'
'Easy to Love'

Dave & Sugar's 'Tear Time' (RCA Records, 1978) reached No.8 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1978.

Charley Pride: 'Burgers & Fries' (RCA Records, 1978)

In October 1978, Charley Pride saw the release of 'Burgers & Fries' (RCA Records, 1978), which included three tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'When I Stop Leaving (I'll Be Gone)'
 (No.3, 1978)
'Burgers & Fries' (No.2 in December 1978)
'Where Do I Put Her Memory' (written by Jim Weatherly) (No.1 for one week in April / May 1979)

Charley Pride's 'Burgers & Fries' (RCA Records, 1978) also included the following tracks:

'Best in The World'
'Whose Arms Are You in Tonight'
'Nothing's Prettier Than Rose Is'
'Mem'ries'
'I Can See The Lovin' in Your Eyes'
'One on One'
'You Snap Your Fingers (& I'm Back in Your Hands)'

Charley Pride's 'Burgers & Fries' (RCA Records, 1978) reached No.7 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1978.

Charley Pride: 1979

Charley Pride: 'You're My Jamaica' (RCA Records, 1979)

In August 1979, Charley Pride saw the release of 'You're My Jamaica' (RCA Records, 1979), which included two tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'You're My Jamaica', which was written by Kent M. Robbins (Wednesday 23 April 1947 - Saturday 27 December 1997)
(No.1 for one week in September 1979) / this track holds the distinction as the first No.1 country music hit single ever recorded in England
'Missin' You' (No.2, 1979)

Charley Pride's 'You're My Jamaica' (RCA Records, 1979) also included the following tracks:

'What're We Doing Doing This Again'
'No Relief in Sight'
'Playin' Around'
'Heartbreak Mountain'
'To Have & To Hold'
'Let Me Have a Chance to Love You'
'I Want You'
'When The Good Times Outweighed The Bad'

Charley Pride's 'You're My Jamaica' (RCA Records, 1979) reached No.11 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1979.

Charley Pride: 1980

Charley Pride: 'There's a Little Bit of Hank in Me' (RCA Records, 1980)

In January 1980, Charley Pride saw the release of 'There's a Little Bit of Hank in Me' (RCA Records, 1980), an entire album of Hank Williams (Monday 17 September 1923 - Thursday 1 January 1953) songs, which included two tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'Honky Tonk Blues', which was written by Hank Williams (Monday 17 September 1923 - Thursday 1 January 1953) (No.1 for one week in April 1980)
'You Win Again', which was written by Hank Williams (Monday 17 September 1923 - Thursday 1 January 1953) (No.1 for one week in July 1980)

Charley Pride's 'There's a Little Bit of Hank in Me' (RCA Records, 1980) also included the following tracks:

'There's a Little Bit of Hank in Me' (written by John Schweers)
'My Son Calls Another Man Daddy', which was written by Hank Williams (Monday 17 September 1923 - Thursday 1 January 1953) and Jewell House
'Moanin' The Blues', which was written by Hank Williams (Monday 17 September 1923 - Thursday 1 January 1953) (Williams)
'Mansion on The Hill', which was written by Hank Williams (Monday 17 September 1923 - Thursday 1 January 1953) and Fred Rose (Floyd Jenkins) (24 August 1898 - Wednesday 1 December 1954)
'Mind Your Own Business', which was written by Hank Williams (Monday 17 September 1923 - Thursday 1 January 1953)
'I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love with You)', which was written by Hank Williams (Monday 17 September 1923 - Thursday 1 January 1953) (Williams)
'I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry', which was written by Hank Williams (Monday 17 September 1923 - Thursday 1 January 1953)
'Low Down Blues', which was written by Hank Williams (Monday 17 September 1923 - Thursday 1 January 1953)
'I Could Never Be Ashamed of You', which was written by Hank Williams (Monday 17 September 1923 - Thursday 1 January 1953)
'Why Don't You Love Me', which was written by Hank Williams (Monday 17 September 1923 - Thursday 1 January 1953)

Charley Pride's 'There's a Little Bit of Hank in Me' (RCA Records, 1980) reached No.1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1980.

Charley Pride: 1981

Charley Pride: 'Roll On Mississippi' (RCA Records, 1981)

In March 1981, Charley Pride saw the release of 'Roll On Mississippi' (RCA Records, 1981), which included two tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'You Almost Slipped My Mind' (No.4, 1980)
'Roll On Mississippi' (No.7, 1981) / this track is considered the official song of Charley Pride's home state

Charley Pride: 'Greatest Hits, Volume 1' (RCA Records, 1981)

In September 1981, Charley Pride saw the release of 'Greatest Hits, Volume 1' (RCA Records, 1981), which included the following tracks:

'Never Been So Loved (in All My Life)' (written by Norro Wilson and Wayland Holyfield) (No.1 for two weeks in October / November 1981)
'Missin' You' (No.2, 1979)
'When I Stop Leaving (I'll Be Gone)' (No.3, 1978)
'You're My Jamaica', which was written by Kent M. Robbins (Wednesday 23 April 1947 - Saturday 27 December 1997) (No.1 for one week in September 1979)
'Honky Tonk Blues', which was written by Hank Williams (Monday 17 September 1923 - Thursday 1 January 1953) (No.1 for one week in April 1980)
'Burgers & Fries' (No.2 in December 1978)
'Roll On Mississippi' (No.7, 1981)
'A Whole Lotta Things to Sing About', which was written by Ben Peters (Tuesday 20 June 1933 - Wednesday 25 May 2005) (No.2 in October 1976)
'She's Just An Old Love Turned Memory' (written by John Schweers) (No.1 for one week in March 1977)
'Someone Loves You Honey' (written by Don Devaney) (No.1 for two weeks in April 1978)
'Where Do I Put Her Memory' (written by Jim Weatherly) (No.1 for one week in April / May 1979)

Charley Pride's 'Greatest Hits, Volume 1' (RCA Records, 1981) reached No.8 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1981.

Charley Pride: 1982

Charley Pride: 'Charley Sings Everybody's Favourites' (RCA Records, 1982)

In March 1982, Charley Pride saw the release of 'Charley Sings Everybody's Favourites' (RCA Records, 1982), which included three tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'Mountain of Love', which was written by Harold Dorman (Thursday 23 December 1926 - Saturday 8 October 1988) (No.1 for one week in March 1982)
'I Don't Think She's in Love Any More', which was written by Kent M. Robbins (Wednesday 23 April 1947 - Saturday 27 December 1997) (No.2 in July 1982)
'You're So Good When You're Bad', which was written by Ben Peters (Tuesday 20 June 1933 - Wednesday 25 May 2005) (No.1 for one week in November 1982)

Charley Pride's 'Charley Sings Everybody's Favourites' (RCA Records, 1982) also included the following tracks:

'I See The Devil in Your Deep Blue Eyes'
'When She Dances'
'Oh, What a Beautiful Love Song'
'I Haven't Loved This Way in Years'
'Cup of Love'
'Love is a Shadow'
'I Hope You Never Cry Again'

Charley Pride's 'Charley Sings Everybody's Favourites' (RCA Records, 1982) reached No.10 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1982.

Charley Pride: 1983

Charley Pride: 'Country Classics' (RCA Records, 1983)

In March 1983, Charley Pride saw the release of 'Country Classics' (RCA Records, 1983), which included two tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'Why Baby Why', which was written by George Jones (Saturday 12 September 1931 - Friday 26 April 2013) and Darrell Edwards (No.1 for one week in February / March 1983)
'More & More', which was written by Merle Kilgore (Thursday 9 August 1934 - Sunday 6 February 2005) (No.7, 1983)

Charley Pride's 'Country Classics' (RCA Records, 1983) also included the following tracks:

'In The Jailhouse Now'
'Burning Bridges'
'Tennessee Saturday Night'
'Radio Heroes'
'Wondering'
'That's How Much I Love You'
'Filipino Baby'
'Up to My Heart in Memories'

Charley Pride's 'Country Classics' (RCA Records, 1983) reached No.36 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1983.

Charley Pride: 'Night Games' (RCA Records, 1983)

In August 1983, Charley Pride saw the release of 'Night Games' (RCA Records, 1983), which included two tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'Night Games' (written by Norro Wilson and Blake Mevis) (No.1 for one week in September 1983)
'Ev'ry Heart Should Have One' (written by Bill Shore and Byron Gallimore) (No.2, 1984)

Charley Pride's 'Night Games' (RCA Records, 1983) also included the following tracks:

'Love on a Blue Rainy Day'
'Late Show'
'Draw The Line'
'Down in Louisiana'
'I Could Let Her Get Close to Me'
'Thanks For Waking Me This Morning'
'Just Can't Leave That Woman Alone'
'Lovin' it Up (Livin' it Down)'

Charley Pride's 'Night Games' (RCA Records, 1983) reached No.20 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1983.

Charley Pride: 1984

Charley Pride: 'The Power of Love' (RCA Records, 1984)

In August 1984, Charley Pride saw the release of 'Power of Love' (RCA Records, 1984), which included two tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard country music hit singles chart:

'Power of Love' (written by Gary Nicholson and Don Cook) (No.9, 1984)
'Missin' Mississippi' (written by Blake Mevis, Bill Shore and Byron Gallimore) (No.32, 1984)

Charley Pride's 'The Power of Love' (RCA Records, 1984) also included the following tracks:

'Everybody's Lookin' For You'
'Ellie'
'Falling in Love Again'
'Stagger Lee'
'Gotta See Some More of You'
'I Only Miss You on Weak Days'
'Girl Trouble'
'Some Days it Rains All Night Long'

Charley Pride's 'Power of Love' (RCA Records, 1984) reached No.49 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1984.

Charley Pride: 1985

Charley Pride: 'Greatest Hits, Volume 2' (RCA Records, 1985)

In May 1985, Charley Pride saw the release of 'Greatest Hits, Volume 2' (RCA Records, 1985), which included the following tracks:

'Down on The Farm'
 (No.25, 1985)
'Night Games' (written by Norro Wilson and Blake Mevis) (No.1 for one week in September 1983)
'I Don't Think She's in Love Any More', which was written by Kent M. Robbins (Wednesday 23 April 1947 - Saturday 27 December 1997) (No.2 in July 1982)
'Mountain of Love', which was written by Harold Dorman (Thursday 23 December 1926 - Saturday 8 October 1988) (No.1 for one week in March 1982)
'Now & Then' / this track was an album track in 1975
'Let a Little Love Come In' (No.34, 1985)
'Ev'ry Heart Should Have One' (written by Bill Shore and Byron Gallimore) (No.2, 1984)
'You're So Good When You're Bad', which was written by Ben Peters (Tuesday 20 June 1933 - Wednesday 25 May 2005) (No.1 for one week in November 1982)
'Power of Love' (written by Gary Nicholson and Don Cook) (No.9, 1984)
'Why Baby Why', which was written by George Jones (Saturday 12 September 1931 - Friday 26 April 2013) and Darrell Edwards (No.1 for one week in February / March 1983)

Charley Pride's 'Greatest Hits, Volume 2' (RCA Records, 1985) reached No.60 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1985.

Charley Pride: 1986

Charley Pride: 'Best There Is' (RCA Records, 1986)

In January 1986, Charley Pride saw the release of 'Best There Is' (RCA Records, 1986), which included two tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'Best There Is'
(No.75, 1985)
'Love on a Blue Rainy Day' (No.74, 1986)

Charley Pride's 'Best There Is' (RCA Records, 1986) also included the following tracks:

'Wherever You Are'
'I Used it All on You'
'I Discovered You'
'Tumbleweed & The Rose'
'Ain't No Way Around It'
'Just Can't Leave That Woman Alone'

Charley Pride: 'Back to The Country' (RCA Records, 1986)

In July 1986, Charley Pride saw the release of 'Back to The Country' (RCA Records, 1986), which included the following tracks:

'I Coulda Had Love'
'How Many Angels'
'If You were Mine'
'Are You Sincere'
'I Keep Forgettin' (I Forgot about You)'
'Back to The Country'
'Heart Like Mine (& a Memory Like Yours)'
'Blue Eyes Crying in The Rain'

Charley Pride's 'Back to The Country' (RCA Records, 1986) reached No.60 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1986.

Charley Pride remained with RCA Records until 1986, when the record label began to promote newer country artists and did not renew contracts with many of the older artists who had been with the label for years.

Charley Pride then signed a recording contract with 16th Avenue Records.

Charley Pride: 1987

Charley Pride: 'After All This Time' (16th Avenue Records, 1987)

In April 1987, Charley Pride saw the release of 'After All This Time' (16th Avenue Records, 1987), his debut album for 16th Avenue Records, which included two tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'Have I Got Some Blues For You' (written by David Chamberlain)
(No.14, 1987)
'If You Still Want a Fool Around' (No.31, 1987)

Charley Pride's 'After All This Time' (16th Avenue Records, 1987), also included the following tracks:

'Looking at a Sure Thing'
'Even Knowin'
'After All This Time'
'Next to You, I Like Me'
'On The Other Hand'
'One of These Days'
'Look in Your Mirror'
'You Took Me There'

Charley Pride's 'After All This Time' (16th Avenue Records, 1987) reached No.18 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1987.

Charley Pride: 1988

Charley Pride: 'I'm Gonna Love Her on The Radio' (16th Avenue Records, 1988)

In February 1988, Charley Pride saw the release of 'I'm Gonna Love Her on The Radio' (16th Avenue Records, 1988), which included three tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'Shouldn't It Be Easier Than This', which was written by John Jarrard (Thursday 7 May 1953 - Thursday 1 February 2001) and Rick Giles
(No.5, 1987)
'I'm Gonna Love Her on The Radio' (written by Mac McAnally and Tom Brasfield) (No.13, 1988)
'Where Was I' (No.49, 1988)

Charley Pride's 'I'm Gonna Love Her on The Radio' (16th Avenue Records, 1988) also included the following tracks:

'She's Soft to Touch'
'Your Used to Be'
'Come On in & Let Me Love You'
'Whole Lot of Lovin'
'Leaving Never Gets Me Anywhere'
'There Ain't No Me (if There Ain't No You)'
'Little Piece of Heaven'

Charley Pride's 'I'm Gonna Love Her on The Radio' (16th Avenue Records, 1988) reached No.36 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1988.

Charley Pride: 1989

Charley Pride: 'Moody Woman' (16th Avenue Records, 1989)

In February 1989, Charley Pride saw the release of 'Moody Woman' (16th Avenue Records, 1989), which included three tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'White Houses' (written by Eric Burdon)
(No.49, 1989)
'The More I Do' (written by Byron Gallimore) (No.77, 1989)
'Amy's Eyes' (No.28, 1989)

Charley Pride's 'Moody Woman' (16th Avenue Records, 1989) also included the following tracks:

'Can't Stop The Mississippi'
'You Put It There'
'Sail Away', which was written by Mickey Newbury (Sunday 19 May 1940 - Sunday 29 September 2002)
'Moody Woman' (written by Theresa Bell, Jerry Butler and Kenny Gamble)
'Heaven Help Us All' / this track featured guest vocals from Dion Pride
'After Me, After You' (written by Byron Gallimore and Bill Shore)
'I Made Love to You in My Mind'

Charley Pride's 'Moody Woman' (16th Avenue Records, 1989) reached No.51 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1989.

Charley Pride: 'After All This Time' (16th Avenue Records, 1987) Charley Pride: 'I'm Gonna Love Her on The Radio' (16th Avenue Records, 1988) Charley Pride: 'Moody Woman' (16th Avenue Records, 1989)

Charley Pride's three albums released under the 16th Avenue Records label, 'After All This Time' (16th Avenue Records, 1987), 'I'm Gonna Love Her On The Radio' (16th Avenue Records, 1988) and 'Moody Woman' (16th Avenue Records, 1989), were released in the United Kingdom and Ireland, under a licensing arrangement, by Ritz Records.

Charley Pride: 1993

The Grand Ole Opry, Nashville: Charley Pride

On Saturday 1 May 1993, Charley Pride accepted an invitation to join The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville and, in the process, became the first black Opry regular in the show's more than seventy year history.

Charley Pride: 'My Six Latest & Six Greatest' (Honest Entertainment Records, 1993)

In July 1993, Charley Pride saw the release of 'My Six Latest & Six Greatest' (Honest Entertainment Records, 1993), which included the following tracks, six of which were brand new songs:

'Just For The Love of It'
/ this track was a newly recorded track / this track was released as a single in 1993, but it did not chart
'Walk on By' / this track was a newly recorded track
'I've Been There' / this track was a newly recorded track
'Burnin' Down The Town' / this track was a newly recorded track
'For Today' / this track was a newly recorded track / this track, which featured guest vocals from Hal Ketchum, was released as a single in 1994, but it did not chart
'I Came Straight to You' / / this track was a newly recorded track
'Is Anybody Goin' To San Antone', which was written by Glenn Martin and Dave Kirby (Sunday 10 July 1938 - Saturday 17 April 2004) / this track is a re-recording, the original version of which was No.1 for two weeks in April / May 1970
'Crystal Chandeliers', which was written by Ted Harris (1937 - Sunday 22 November 2015) / this track is a recording, the original version of which was not issued as a single in the United States, but became a very popular track in the United Kingdom and Ireland
'Hope You're Feelin' Me (Like I'm Feelin' You)' (written by Bobby David and Jim Rushing) / this track is a re-recording, the original version of which was No.1 for one week in October 1975
'Roll On Mississippi' / this track is a re-recording, the original version of which reached No.7 in 1981
'Kiss An Angel Good Morning', which was written by Ben Peters (Tuesday 20 June 1933 - Wednesday 25 May 2005) / this track is a re-recording, the original version of which was No.1 on the Billboard country music singles chart for five weeks in December 1971 / January 1972, No.21 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop music singles chart in 1971, a Top 10 hit single on the Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart in 1971, and No.19 on Cash Box Top 100 Chart in 1971
'You're So Good When You're Bad', which was written by Ben Peters (Tuesday 20 June 1933 - Wednesday 25 May 2005) / this track is a re-recording, the original version of which was No.1 for one week in November 1982
In June 1993, Charley Pride was honoured by The Academy of Country Music (ACM) with its prestigious 'Pioneer Award'
In June 1993, Charley Pride was honoured by the Academy of Country Music (ACM) with its prestigious 'Pioneer Award'.

Charley Pride: 1994

'Pride: The Charley Pride Story' / Charley Pride Autobiography co-written with Jim Henderson / Published by William Morrow in 1994

In 1994, Charley Pride saw the release of his autobiography, 'Pride: The Charley Pride Story', which was co-written with Jim Henderson and was published by William Morrow.  In this book, Charley Pride revealed that he had struggled for years with manic depression.

Charley Pride: 1996

In January 1996, Charley Pride was honoured with a 'Trumpet Award' by Turner Broadcasting, marking outstanding African-American Achievement.

Charley Pride: 'Classics with Pride' (Honest Entertainment Records, 1996)

On Tuesday 7 May 1996, Charley Pride saw the release of 'Classics with Pride' (Honest Entertainment Records, 1996), which included the following tracks:

'You've Got to Stand For Something' (written by Aaron Tippin and Buddy Brock) / the original version of this track reached No.6 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart, for Aaron Tippin, in 1991
'Sea of Heartbreak', which was written by Paul Hampton and Hal David (Wednesday 25 May 1921 - Saturday 1 September 2012) / the original version of this track reached No.2 on the Billboard country music singles chart, for Don Gibson (Tuesday 3 April 1928 - Monday 17 November 2003), in 1961
'Please Help Me I'm Falling', which was written by Donald Irwin Robertson (Tuesday 5 December 1922 - Monday 16 March 2015) and Hal Blair / the original version of this track was No.1 on the Billboard country music singles chart, for Hank Locklin (Friday 15 February 1918 - Sunday 8 March 2009), for fourteen weeks (May - August) in 1960, and No.8 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop music singles chart in 1960
'The Hunger' (written by Lee Fry) / the original version of this track was recorded by Charley Pride, who included the track on 'She's Just An Old Love Turned Memory' (RCA Records, 1977)
'But I Do'
'Ramblin' Rose', which was written by Noel Sherman (1930 - Monday 4 June 1972) and Jim Sherman / the original version of this track reached No.2 on both the Billboard and Cash Box Charts, for Nat King Cole (Monday 17 March 1919 - Monday 15 February 1965), in 1962 and sold over a million copies as a single / the track also spent five weeks at No.1 on the Billboard Easy Listening Chart in 1962, No.1 on the Australian Chart in 1962, and No.7 on the Billboard R&B Chart in 1962
'Walls'
'Hello Love' (written by Betty Jean Robinson and Aileen Muich) / the original version of this track was No.1 on the Billboard country music singles chart, for Hank Snow (Saturday 9 May 1914 - Monday 20 December 1999), for one week in April / May 1974
'Lovesick Blues', which was written by Cliff Friend (1 October 1893 - Thursday 27 June 1974) and Irving Mills (16 January 1894 - Sunday 21 April 1985) / the original version of this track was No.1 on the Billboard country music singles chart, for Hank Williams (Monday 17 September 1923 - Thursday 1 January 1953), in 1949
'Lone Star Lonely'
'I Love You Because', which was written by Leon Payne (Friday 15 June 1917 - Thursday 11 September 1969) / the original version of this track reached No.4 on the Billboard Country & Western Best Seller List, for Leon Payne, in 1949, and spent two weeks at No.1 on the Country & Western Disk Jockey List in 1949

Leon Payne's 'I Love You Because' was also recorded by Al Martino (Friday 7 October 1927 - Tuesday 13 October 2009), whose version reached No.3 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop music singles chart in 1963, and No.1 on the Middle-Road (or Easy Listening) Chart for two weeks in May 1963

Leon Payne's 'I Love You Because' was also recorded by Jim Reeves (Monday 20 August 1923 - Friday 31 July 1964), whose version reached No.5 on the United Kingdom pop music singles chart in 1976 / the track was the title track of a posthumous Jim Reeves album, which peaked at No.24 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1976/ the 45rpm vinyl single reached No.54 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1976
'It's Just a Matter of Time', which was written by Clyde Otis (Thursday 11 September 1924 - Tuesday 8 January 2008), Brook Benton (Saturday 19 September 1931 - Saturday 9 April 1988) and Belford Hendricks (Tuesday 11 May 1909 - Saturday 24 September 1977) / the original version of this track was recorded by Brook Benton (Saturday 19 September 1931 - Saturday 9 April 1988), whose version reached No.3 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop music singles chart in 1959, sold over one million copies and was awarded a 'Gold' disc by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)

Charley Pride: 1999

In July 1999, Charley Pride received his own star on Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Charley Pride: 2000

In 2000, Charley Pride was inducted into The Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum in Nashville.

Charley Pride: 2001

Charley Pride: 'A Tribute to Jim Reeves' (Music City Records, 2001)


On Tuesday 15 May 2001, Charley Pride saw the release of 'A Tribute to Jim Reeves' (Music City Records, 2001); the album was a collection of material, which had previously been recorded by Jim Reeves (Monday 20 August 1923 - Friday 31 July 1964), including the following tracks:

'Is It Really Over?' (written by Jim Reeves)
'I Love You Because', which was written by Leon Payne (Friday 15 June 1917 - Thursday 11 September 1969)
'Guilty' (written by Alex Zanetis)
'He'll Have to Go', which was written by Audrey Allison and Joe Allison (Friday 3 October 1924 - Friday 2 August 2002)
'Blue Boy', which was written by Boudleaux Bryant (Friday 13 February 1920 - Thursday 25 June 1987)
'Four Walls' (written by George Campbell and Marvin Moore)
'There's a Heartache' (written by Ray Baker)
'Blue Side of Lonesome', which was written by Leon Payne (Friday 15 June 1917 - Thursday 11 September 1969)
'I'm Gonna Change Everything' (written by Alex Zanetis)
'I Won't Come In' (written by Gene Davis)
'I Guess I'm Crazy' (written by Werly Fairburn)
'Missin' You' (written by Kye Fleming and Dennis Morgan)
'Welcome to My World' (written by Johnny Hathcock and Ray Winkler)
'Am I Losing You' (written by Jim Reeves)
'Adios Amigo' (written by Ralph Freed and Jerry Livingston)

Charley Pride: 2003

On Tuesday 25 March 2003, Charley Pride received Texas Cultural Trust's 'Texas Medal of Arts'.  And, on Thursday 27 March 2003, Charley Pride was ranked No.18 on CMT's '40 Greatest Men in Country Music'.

Charley Pride: 'Comfort of Her Wings' (Music City Records, 2003)

On Tuesday 20 May 2003, Charley Pride saw the release of 'Comfort of Her Wings' (Music City Records, 2003), which included the following tracks:

'Hook in My Heart' (written by Kevin Wicker)
'Field of Dreams' (written by Jim Casey and Dickey Lee)
'Empty Shoes' (written by Pat Bunch and Doug Johnson)
'I Need Somebody Bad', which was written by Ben Peters (Tuesday 20 June 1933 - Wednesday 25 May 2005)
'Trapped in an Old Country Song', which was written by 'Cowboy' Jack Clement (Sunday 5 April 1931 - Thursday 8 August 2013) and Don Robertson
'(I Believe in) Good Old Country Music', which was written by Dallas Frazier, Rodney Gibson and Arthur Leo 'Doodle' Owens (Friday 28 November 1930 - Monday 4 October 1999)
'Chain of Love' (written by Rory Lee Feek)
'Two Pump Texaco' (written by Michael Dulaney and Neil Thrasher)
'Plenty Good Lovin', which was written by Ben Peters (Tuesday 20 June 1933 - Wednesday 25 May 2005)
'Old Heart (Rest in Pieces)'
'If This Old House Could Talk' (traditional)
'Comfort of Her Wings' (written by J.B. Rudd, Vip Vipperman and Darryl Worley)
'Stars & Stripes' (written by Kenny Beard and Aaron Tippin)

Charley Pride: 2008

On Thursday 10 January 2008, Charley Pride received Mississippi Arts Commission's 'Lifetime Achievement' Award during the organisation's Governor's Awards for Excellence in the Arts.

Charley Pride & Gene Watson participating in 'Country Family Reunion' television recording in Nashville on Tuesday 22 January 2008

On Tuesday 22 January 2008, Charley Pride and Gene Watson were two of the extraordinary country music artists who participated in Country Family Reunion's television recording in Nashville.

Charley Pride: 2010

In 2010, Charley Pride became a special investor and minority owner of Texas Rangers Major League Baseball Club.

On Wednesday 6 October 2010, Bill Anderson's 50th Anniversary Celebration took place in Nashville with a special 'Country Family Reunion' television recording.

Charley Pride & Gene Watson participating in Bill Anderson's 50th Anniversary Celebration in Nashville during a television recording of 'Country Family Reunion' on Wednesday 6 October 2010

On Wednesday 6 October 2010, Charley Pride and Gene Watson were two of the very special country music artists who participated in Bill Anderson's 50th Anniversary Celebration in Nashville during a television recording of 'Country Family Reunion'.

Charley Pride: 2011

On Friday 29 April 2011, it was announced that a biopic was in the works based on Charley Pride's life and career.  The film was expected to be produced by, and star, actor and professional wrestler, Dwayne Johnson.

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