Charley Pride Is In Need Of Our Prayers After Suffering

Charley Pride was the first Black musician to break the barrier for country music. Charley Pride created something that nobody had ever done, and he did it perfectly. In a recent interview on The View Charley was asked some amazing questions.
Haines: You sing the national anthem … But in 1966, you signed a record contract with RCA Records.

Pride: Yes.

Haines: What was it like to be the first black country artist?

Pride: Before I answer that. I told my wife I wasn’t going to get long-winded. I’m going to have to condense this down. You just mentioned “of color.” When I first started in this business, one reporter said, “Charlie, how does it feel to be the Jackie Robinson of country music? Charlie how does it feel to be the first colored country singer? Charlie how does it feel to be the first Negro country singer? Charlie how does it feel to be the first African-American country singer?”

Pride’s answer was one for the ages:

“I said I feel the same way I did when I was colored.”
You can view the entire segment below. Now the real question is do you remember all of Charley’s lyrics for before I met you?
I thought I had seen pretty girls in my time but that was before I met you
I never saw one that I wanted for mine but that was before I met you
I thought I was swinging the world by the tail I thought I could never be blue
I thought I’d been kissed and I thought I’d been loved but that was before I met you

I wanted to ramble and always be free but that was before I met you
I said that no woman could ever hold me but that was before I met you
I thought I was swinging…

They tell me I must reap just what I have sown but darling I hope it’s not true
For once I made plans about living alone but that was before I met you
I thought I was swinging…
But that was before I met you

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