Charley Pride: History Maker & Perpetual Pride of Country Music

Charley Pride’s Background and Childhood

Born on March 18, 1938, in Sledge Mississippi. Charley Pride was known to be a standard-bearer for the hard-core honky-tonk country music sound.

Pride had a similar story that classic blues singers would tell. His father was a straight-laced sharecropper. Their forty-acre cotton farm in Mississippi was Pride’s playground. At the age of fourteen, he had to pick cotton to be able to buy his first Sears, Roebuck guitar.

Pride had the influences of Ernest Tubb, Pee Wee King, Hank Williams, and Roy Acuff. This being the result of his father’s dislike of the culture and lyrics of blues music.

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