Dallas (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – Country music legend Charlie Braide has died at the age of 86 due to complications from Covid-19 in Dallas, his representative announced Saturday.
Pride has been recognized as a pioneer of black country artists.
In the late 1960’s to early 1970’s, he became famous with singles like “Kiss An Angel Good Mornin”, “Is Anybody Goin” To San Antone, and “I Better Love You.”
From 1967 to 1987, Braide received 52 Top 10 Country Songs, multiple Grammy Awards, and became RCA Records’ best-selling country artist.
His last performance was “Kiss An Angel Good Mornin” at the CMA Awards on November 11, 2020 at the Nashville City Music Center.
Pride grew up in Sledge, Mississippi, the son of a farmer. He had seven brothers and three sisters.
In 2008 while accepting his Lifetime Achievement Award as part of the Mississippi Governor for Excellence in the Arts Awards, Braid said he had never focused on race.
Braid said, “My older sister once said, ‘Why is she singing her music? “ But we all understand what y’all-us syndrome was like. Look, I’ve never accepted that as an individual, and I really think that’s why I’m where I am today. ”
As a young man before starting his singing career, he was an archer and defender in the Native American League with the Memphis Red Sox and in the Major League Soccer in Montana.
After playing minor league baseball for two years, he ended up in Helena, Montana, working in a zinc smelter by day and playing country music in nightclubs at night.
After experimenting with the New York Mets, he visited Nashville and broke into country music when Chet Atkins, president of RCA Records, heard two of his demo tapes and signed on.
To ensure Braid is judged based on his music rather than his race, his first singles were sent to radio stations without a publicity photo. After his identity became known, some country radio stations refused to play his music.
Despite this, Pride said it was mostly well received. Early in his career, he would comfort white audiences when he was joking about his “lasting color”.
He said in 1992: “Music is the greatest medium of communication on the planet.” “Once people heard my voice right and heard me display and saw my delivery, any fears or bad feelings they might have dissipated.”
Throughout his career, he sang positive songs instead of sad songs often associated with country music.
He told the Associated Press in 1985: “Music is a beautiful way of self-expression, and I really think music shouldn’t be considered a protest.” “You can go far with anything – singing, acting, whatever – and becoming politicized the point you stop being an artist.”
In 1994, he wrote his autobiography, “Pride: The Charley Pride Story,” in which he revealed that he had moderate depression.
He underwent surgery in 1997 to remove a tumor from his right vocal cord.
Received the Living Legend Award by Nashville / Music City News, in recognition of his 30 years of achievement in 1997.
In place of flowers, the Pride family asks fans to donate their The Pride Scholarship at Jesuit College Preparatory, or St. Philips School and Community Center, Food Bank, or other charities.
The famous Billy Pops Texas music venue in Fort Worth tweeted his condolences.
“With heavy hearts we share with our friend Charlie Braide his departure at the age of 86. Charlie has played here at the world’s largest honky Tonk several times over the years, cementing his footprint in the club with his handprints in 1992. Our venue said“ Thoughts are with his loved ones ”.
With heavy hearts we share the death of our friend Charlie Pride at the age of 86.
Charlie has played here at the world’s biggest honky tonk several times over the years, cementing his footprint in the club with his handprints in 1992. Our thoughts are with his loved ones. pic.twitter.com/nGDjdTMWHa
– Billy Bob Texas (@BillyBobsTexas) December 12, 2020
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