This month legendary country musician Charley Pride sadly passed away. The news of his death was met with many people taking to social media to mourn including singer Tim McGraw.
On December 12, 2020, country musician Charley Pride died at the age of 86. According to reports, the legendary singer died in Dallas, Texas due to complications from the novel coronavirus disease.
Pride was well-known as the first Black member of the Country Music Hall of Fame which he was inducted into in 2000. Between 1969 and 1974, the star had ten songs sitting on the Billboard Hot 100.
On the Hot Country Songs charts, he had 29 number one hit songs throughout his career. He still sang and performed even in his late 80s and his last live performance was at the 2020 Country Music Association Awards.
Pride performed his single "Kiss an Angel Good Mornin'" with artist Jimmie Allen. He also received a lifetime achievement award at the event and has since received an outpouring of tributes.
One country musician who honored the legendary singer’s memory was Tim McGraw. Taking to Instagram, the singer shared several images of Pride throughout the years and wrote a touching tribute stating:
"Charlie was a part of my career from the earliest days when I was hanging out with Byron Gallimore at Pride Music Group."
The artist recalled Pride as a nice man who had a generous spirit and heart and was also kind. Speaking about the legacy the late singer had left behind, McGraw shared his own outlook saying:
“Musically he will always be a legend and one of the country greats.”
He praised Pride for being an inspirational man who worked to beat any obstacle he faced in life. McGraw also recalled how the legendary country star also worked to change the world for the better.
He was said to have been willing to break down racial barriers. The singer ended his tribute by sharing his love and gratitude with the late singer and shared his condolences with the star’s family.
Pride was the son of a cotton farm sharecropper in Mississippi. He was born in 1934 and also had a chance to serve in the army, played baseball, and worked at a smelting plant before finding music.
Fifty-two of his songs reached the country Top 10. Some of his hit songs that were very popular included “All I Have to Offer You (Is Me)” and he had three Grammy Awards under his belt.