Pride's most popular songs include "Is Anybody Goin' to San Antone," ''I'm So Afraid of Losing You Again" and the crossover hit "Kiss an Angel Good Mornin'." He was the Country Music Association's entertainer of the year in 1971 and top male vocalist in 1971 and 1972.
He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2000.
"My business is selling lyrics, feelings and emotions," Pride said. "Once you hear me and if you come to see my show, you'll never forget it because I sell every song.
"I hope to keep doing it because I ain't ready to quit yet."
John Rumble, senior historian for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, said that while Pride is regarded as country music's biggest African-American star, "in the history of country music, he's also one of the biggest stars."
"Audiences love him because he's an entertainer, he's a performer. They know that he's singing for them and that he appreciates their support," Rumble said.
Charley Pride, http://www.charleypride.com
National Museum of African American History and Culture, http://nmaahc.si.edu
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