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Charley Pride, Pioneering Country Music Star, Dies at 86 of COVID-19

Pride received a lifetime achievement award at the CMA Awards last month

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Charley Pride, one of the first Black performers to break through in the country music scene, has died at the age of 86.

According to his representatives, Pride died of complications from COVID-19 on Saturday, just weeks after his final performance at the CMA Awards show back in November.

Known for hits like “Kiss An Angel Good Mornin’,” “Is Anybody Goin’ to San Antone” and “Mountain of Love,” Pride went on to become the genre’s first Black superstar and the first Black inductee to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2000.

“We’re not color blind yet, but we’ve advanced a few paces along the path and I like to think I’ve contributed something to that process,” the singer wrote in his 1994 memoir “Pride.”

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