Pathfinder and legendary musician and professional baseball player Charley Pride Dies at 86

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Fans and country musicians, and celebrities are mourning the loss of country legend Charley Pride, who died on Saturday due to complications from COVID-19.

Pride — a pioneer and pathfinder for Black musicians in country music — died in Dallas, Texas, at the age of 86, a statement on his website confirmed, reports.

Dolly PartonMaren MorrisJason Aldean, and more remembered Pride’s legendary impact on country music by sharing tributes to the musician on social media.

According to Billboard, “Pride, who hailed from Sledge, Miss., played professional baseball before committing to a career in country music and signed to RCA Records in September 1965. He joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1993 and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2000.

Pride leaves a bounty of hits of legendary status. Between 1967 and 1988, he posted 29 No. 1s among 52 top 10s on Hot Country Songs. He also notched 12 No. 1s among 27 top 10s on Billboard .”

His biggest hit was “Kiss an angel in the morning.”

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