The country music industry was rocked by the news of the death of legendary singer Charley Pride due to complications from the coronavirus on Sunday.
Pride had the distinction of being the first black superstar in country music with hits that included ‘Kiss an Angel Good Mornin’ ‘and’ Mountain of Love ‘, and 29 of his 52 top 10 hits went to No. rank. Price. And in 1993, he was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, although he maintained that there was an open invitation since his first performance in 1967.
With such a long, historic and successful career in the genre, it wasn’t long before celebrities around the world took to social media to share their respective tributes to Pride.
“I’m so heartbroken that one of my longest and dearest friends, Charley Pride, has passed away. It is even worse to know that he died of COVID-19. What a horrible virus. Charley, we will love you always, ” she wrote.
“Charley Pride opened the door to so many people, including me. He broke down walls and barriers meant to divide. It has become a bridge of music for music lovers who have found they have more in common than they have different. ” Billy Ray Cyrus wrote. “And the rules and stereotypes meant to separate have been removed and opened up to the free will of artist and fan to become one in harmony and song. ”
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“We are saddened to learn of the loss of the legendary Charley Pride. He was a true gentleman with a good heart. Our thoughts are with his loved ones. His music had a huge impact on the three of us and the world. . #CharleyPride, “the group’s Twitter account Chicks wrote.
“Charley Pride will always be a country music legend. He will be truly missed, but his great music, his wonderful personality and his big heart will always be remembered. My thoughts are with his wife Rozene and their family. RIP, Charley, ” Reba McEntire wrote.
“Charley Pride was a dear friend and truly one of the nicest men in music. I had the privilege of being his first act when I arrived in town ” Lee Greenwood wrote. “He treated everyone with respect and kindness. I’m in shock and so sad because I’ve lost a good friend, the music industry has lost an amazing artist, and the world has lost an amazing citizen. #CharleyPride #kissanangelgoodmorning »
“My heart is so heavy. Charley Pride was an icon, a legend and any other word you want to use for his greatness. He destroyed Barriers and did things that no one had ever done. But today I think of my friend. Fair Heaven I have one of the most talented people I know. added Darius Rucker.
“I am very VERY sorry to hear the terrible news about Charley Pride. Kiss An Angel Good Morning is one of my earliest memories of country music, ” Blake Shelton a noté.
” Heartbreaking. I really liked my friend, Charley Pride. The world will never be the same. He was one of the best things that ever happened to country music. I am all in tears tonight. #Charleypride #KissAnAngelGoodMorning # ihatecovid19, ” wrote Loretta Lynn.
“RIP #CharleyPride. Thank you for breaking down barriers and your incredible talent. Your story is one for the books. Good luck !!! ” Viola Davis added.
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“I had the pleasure of meeting Charley Pride when I was playing @opry. I was impressed by his presence and his talent. So saddened by the news of his passing. He was a true legend and a pioneer. Its impact on our genre and generations of artists will never be forgotten. Rip, ” Luke Combs a dit.
“Charley Pride, so lucky to know you for the first time as a guest on #DonnyAndMarie in the 70s and through the years. May your songs live on forever and country music continue to honor you dear friend! #RIP, ” Marie Osmond wrote.
“Charley Pride died of COVID today. I knew he was an amazing country singer and the first Black inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. But it was only today that I realized that 20 years before that he was playing baseball in the Negro Leagues. What a historic and pioneering life, ” comedian Adam Conover wrote.
“It’s such a sad day to say #CharleyPride for so long. I am so grateful that I sang a song with him. This is where this photo was taken. I also recounted his documentary I will be me. My heart, my my love, my soul… everything goes to Rozene and the whole Pride family, ” Asked Tucker a dit.
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“It was an honor to call you a friend #charleypride Thank you always for being a hero, a pioneer and one of the greatest #RestInPeace”, Randy Jackson added.
“Sad to hear that the legendary Charley Pride is dead. My heart breaks as 2020 gets worse. #RIP @opry family, ” Chris Janson said.
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“Charley has been a part of my career since the early days of hanging out with Byron Gallimore at the Pride Music Group. Charley was just the nicest man, generous in heart and mind. So nice. Musically, he will always be a legend and one of the greats of the country, ” Tim McGraw wrote.
“So sad to hear of the loss of my old friend Charley Pride today. He was an amazing artist and could sing a country song like no other. I had the privilege of working with him early in my career and he couldn’t have been nicer and more welcoming with a new guy, ” wrote George Strait.