Pride services slated for this week; CMT special coming Wednesday
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Pride services slated for this week; CMT special coming Wednesday

Monday, December 14, 2020 – Charley Pride's family and close friends will hold a private wake and memorial in Dallas this week, with future plans for a public celebration of life memorial ceremony to be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to The Pride Scholarship at Jesuit College Preparatory School, St. Phillips School and Community center, any local food bank, or the charity of your choice.

CMT will host a tribute to the country music great on Wednesday, "CMT Remembers Charley Pride."

Featuring three decades of interviews and commentary from Pride himself, blended alongside archival footage of his greatest hits and performances, the half-hour event follows the Country Music Hall of Famer from his humble beginnings in Mississippi to his rise to CMA Entertainer of the Year with a long string of hits. Despite facing pervasive racism throughout this career, Pride's perseverance and unmatched talent transcended generations, broke down barriers and blazed a new path for black country artists.

The special will include appearances and footage including Darius Rucker, Loretta Lynn, Merle Haggard, Tim McGraw and Shania Twain plus his wife Rozene, son Dion, sister Maxine and his brother Joe.

This will air Wednesday at 8 p.m. eastern on CMT. The special will receive two encore presentations: Thursday, Dec. 17 at 9 a.m. eastern and Saturday, Dec. 19 at noon eastern.

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CD review - Music in My Heart Charley Pride shows with "Music In My Heart" that he is still in fine voice at the age of 79 with this collection of mostly obscure covers. The most recognizable are effective takes on Merle Haggard's "That's The Way It Was In '51" and the Tommy Collins penned "New Patches" most notably recorded by Mel Tillis and George Jones. Pride prominently represents the acclaimed though underappreciated Canadian group the Mercey Brothers. ...
CD review - Choices Wistfully pining about the vanishing symbols of Americana and longing for simpler times is a staple of country music past and present. After a career in country spanning half a century, Charley Pride has created plenty of memories for others. He could rightfully sing of his childhood in Mississippi, or of 45 rpm vinyl singles (more than 35 were stamped with Pride's number 1 hits), or of drive-ins or mom-and-pop grocery stores or any number of disappearing American icons. ...
Country Hall of Famer Pride's latest release – his first new music in a long time – has gotten attention mostly for its purportedly copy-proof technology. Anyone accustomed to playing CDs on a computer will find it an annoyance; you can't play the CD directly, having to register instead with an online service in order to download the individual tracks before you can listen – not exactly a user-friendly approach. That's too bad, because the music itself should be ...

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