He was 86.
Tributes have been flowing in for Charley Pride following his passing at the weekend at age 86.
According to ABC, the much-loved country musician died in Dallas on Saturday due to "complications from COVID-19".
The Country Music Hall Of Fame inductee was best-known for tracks like Is Anybody Goin' to San Antone, Someone Loves You Honey and more.
Pride's best-known single, Kiss An Angel Good Morning, spent 16 weeks on the Billboard Charts upon its 1972 release, peaking at #21 on the main chart and #1 on the US Country chart. The track landed at #58 in Australia.
Prior to his signing with RCA, Pride was an All Star baseball player and had completed a tryout with the New York Mets ahead of signing to the label.
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In 1966, Pride released his first single with the label. He would go on to become their best-selling artist since Elvis Presley and secure 29 #1 hits on the US Country chart.
Artists like Dolly Parton, Keith Urban, Briggs and more have shared tributes to Pride via social media. See the posts below.
I’m so heartbroken that one of my dearest and oldest friends, Charley Pride, has passed away. It’s even worse to know that he passed away from COVID-19. What a horrible, horrible virus. Charley, we will always love you. (1/2)— Dolly Parton (@DollyParton) December 12, 2020