Charley Pride's greatest hits include "Is Anybody Goin' to San Antone," "Kiss an Angel Good Mornin'," "Just Between You and Me" and "All I Have to Offer." He is notable as the first African-American musician to perform at the Grand Ole Opry.Continue Reading
Charley Pride was born to sharecroppers in Sledge, Mississippi, on March 18, 1938. His parents named him "Charl Frank Pride," but his birth certificate erroneously listed his name as "Charley Frank Pride," and the name stuck.
Pride's original dream was to become a professional baseball player, and in 1952 he began playing in the Negro American League. Pride pitched for the Memphis Red Sox, the Louisville Clippers, the Boise Yankees and the Birmingham Black Barons.
After meeting Jack Johnson, Pride recorded a demo featuring "The Snakes Crawl at Night" and "Atlantic Coastal Line." Chet Atkins, the head of RCA records, signed him to his label, and "Snakes Crawl at Night" was released as a single in January 1966.
Pride realized true success with his third single, "Just Between You and Me," which reached No. 9 on the U.S. Country charts and won a Grammy Award. His first No. 1 hit was "All I Have to Offer." Pride recorded a total of 36 No. 1 hits and four platinum albums. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Oct. 4, 2003.Learn more about Art & Literature