Charley Pride

Country singer Charley Pride enjoyed a stellar career as a recording artist, earning over 30 No. 1 hits and a dozen gold albums between 1966 and 1989, which placed him second only to Elvis Presley as the top-selling ... Read more »
Born: 03/18/1938 in Sledge, Mississippi, USA

Filmography

Actor (49)

The Black List: Volume Two 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

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10th Annual Trumpet Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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Grand Ole Opry 75th -- A Celebration 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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The 34th Annual CMA Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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The Ninth Annual Trumpet Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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CMA 40th: A Celebration 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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The 34th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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The Statler Bros. Show 1991 - 1999 (TV Show)

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TNN Music City News Country Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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The 33rd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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The Fifth Annual Trumpet Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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America's Music: The Roots of Country 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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The Fourth Annual Trumpet Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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The Life & Times of Minnie Pearl 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Country Music Spotlight 1993 - 1995 (TV Show)

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TNN Music City News Country Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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A Branson Country Christmas 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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ABC in Concert Country 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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On Stage 1988 - 1993 (TV Show)

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The 1993 Crosby Clambake 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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The 1993 Miss USA Pageant 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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The Texas Connection 1989 - 1993 (TV Show)

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The 1992 Crosby Clambake 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Celebrities Offstage (04/03/91) 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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Conway Twitty on the Mississippi 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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The 31st Annual Grammy Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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The 21st Annual Country Music Association Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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The 23rd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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The American Music Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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The Hee Haw 20th Anniversary Show 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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America -- The Great Mississippi 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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The 20th Annual Music City News Country Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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The 22nd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Texas 150: A Celebration Special 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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The 18th Annual Country Music Association Awards 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

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Country Comes Home 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

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A Country Christmas 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

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Country Comes Home 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

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Celebrity Challenge of the Sexes 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

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General Electric's All-Star Anniversary 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

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Country Night of the Stars I 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

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Nashville 99 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

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The Stars and Stripes Show 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

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Love Is... Barbara Eden 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

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The Bob Hope Show (01/17/72) 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

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The Tom Jones Special 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

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Music (2)

Ellie 1983 (Movie)

(Performer)

Tom Sawyer 1972 (Movie)

("River Song") (Performer)

Biography

Country singer Charley Pride enjoyed a stellar career as a recording artist, earning over 30 No. 1 hits and a dozen gold albums between 1966 and 1989, which placed him second only to Elvis Presley as the top-selling artist for RCA Records and among the top 10 singers with the most No 1 singles on the Billboard country chart. Those accomplishments would have been enough to enshrine Pride among the highest echelon of country music performers, but he was further distinguished as one of the few African-American musicians to enjoy any sort of success in that genre. Pride addressed issues of race by letting his songs and rich, smooth delivery speak for itself. In doing so, he not only achieved one of the most storied careers in late 20th century country music, but also surpassed issues of race in a way that no other African-American artist in that field could replicate; he remained the last black artist to reach the top of the country charts until 2008, when ex-Hootie and the Blowfish frontman Darius Rucker claimed the No. 1 spot with "Don't Think I Don't Think About It." Though Pride's career wound down in the 1990s, his incredible string of hit singles and records enshrined him in both the country world and history books as a groundbreaking and rarely surpassed talent.

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