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Charley Pride
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Musician
    (March 18, 1938- )
    Born in Sledge, Mississippi
    Country western musician
    Has had 36 #1 country hits, 6th on the all-time list
    CMA Entertainer of the Year 1971, CMA Male Vocalist of the Year 1971, 1972
    Pioneer Award 1994
    1st African American member of the Grand Ole Opry and the Country Music Hall of Fame
    Singer of such hits as 'Kiss an Angel Good Morning,' 'Is Anybody Going to San Antone?' and 'Someone Loves You Honey'
    He hasn't had a hit in decades.
    He didn't write his biggest hits.
    When playing baseball in the Negro baseball leagues, he and a teammate were traded for a bus.
    He has had little crossover success and is practically unknown outside of country music.
    His first national TV experience was on the premiere of ' Hee Haw.'
    He was the first and is still the biggest African American performer in country music history.
    He has sold over 70 million records!
    Like other black entertainers of his time, he had to put up with the injustice of Jim Crow laws, like performing in venues that he couldn't enter as a customer.
    His popularity among his fans, mostly white Southerners, forced them to examine their attitudes on race.
    He was born in terrible poverty, one of eleven children of sharecroppers.
    He is the second best-selling artist in RCA history, trailing only Elvis Presley.
    He taught himself to play the guitar.
    He once got a hit off of Warren Spahn in the minors.
    His hit, 'Roll on Mississippi' is the state song of Mississippi.
    He's been married over fifty years!

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