Country Stars Pour Out Their Hearts Over Charley Pride’s Passing

As the news started to spread on Saturday (Dec. 12) that country music legend Charley Pride, 86, had died due to complications from Covid-19, country artists from every era shared their heartbreak and their memories on social media.

Even Ken Burns, the filmmaker behind the recent PBS documentary miniseries Country Music, was mourning Pride. “Charley Pride was a trail blazer whose remarkable voice & generous spirit broke down barriers in country music just as his hero Jackie Robinson had in baseball,” Burns said in a statement. “His last performance was his hit, ’Kiss an Angel Good Mornin.’ Now he is one.”

And Jimmie Allen, who’d been with Pride every step of the way when he was honored with the Country Music Association’s 2020 Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award on November 11, shared this on his Instagram story.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She’s based in Chicago, but she’s always leaving her heart in Nashville.


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