Articles and Interviews
Charley Pride's accomplishments over the past three and a half decades are astonishing by any yardstick you care to use. His humble beginnings as a sharecropper's son, his decision to play baseball and music simultaneously, his meteoric rise up the country charts at a time when Jim Crow laws were still in effect in some parts of the South, his incredible success as a businessman as well as an entertainer and his current sustained sales even as he searches for a new label are all tangible proof of Pride's incredible will to succeed, and ultimately his popularity and staying power. ...
Editorials and Country Musings
The Country Music Hall of Fame has been criticized over the years for failing to induct some of country's stalwarts into its hallowed halls. The list grew a few folks shorter with the announcement of the pending induction in September of Faron Young and Charley Pride. Both are well deserving of the honor. Young, a Louisiana native, had loads of hits for more than two decades, including "If You Ain't Loving (You Ain't Livin')," "Hello Walls," "Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young" and "Alone With You," which was number 1 for 13 straight weeks in 1958. ...