The Jackie Robinson of country music.
"With a warm, strong baritone voice and a knack for phrasing that gave his performances a down-home sincerity and believability, Charley Pride was one of country music's biggest success stories in the late 1960s through the mid-'80s. Most at home with relatable stories of love and life, with tuneful arrangements supporting his vocals, Pride racked up 36 number one country singles and 12 gold albums in his 1966 to 1983 heyday. For a time, Pride was second only to Elvis Presley among RCA Records' biggest-selling acts."
David Vinopal for Allmusic.com
On May 1, 1993, Pride became the first Black member of the Grand Ole Opry since pioneer member Deford Bailey in 1941.
The deeply influential pioneer of American roots music.
A folk guitar master. She won her first Grammy at age 90.
He rose above many hardships to become a country icon.
An instrumental figure in the birth of country music.
The trailblazing Black female country star.
The term covers subgenres like hard bop and free jazz.
Black music finely crafted and packaged for the masses.
The sound of young America masterminded by Berry Gordy.
Combines rhythm & blues and gospel music styles.
Soul gets high.
Rock loses the roll but gains amplitude and attitude.