Charley Pride

August 21, 2001 12:51 AM
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Country Music Hall of Famer Charley Pride will perform at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., Saturday, in the Texas Station Dallas Events Center. Tickets are $19.95 to $37.50 plus tax.

Pride, born to Mississippi share croppers, is a self-taught guitar player who has earned 36 No. 1 country singles, 31 gold albums, four platinum albums, and has sold over 35 million albums.

His career began in the late 1950s when he was a baseball player with the Negro American League’s Memphis Red Sox. Pride would play the guitar and sing while traveling between ballparks and would join musicians on stage while in each city. A stop in Nashville led to a meeting with a record executive; and he was on his way to music industry stardom.

Pride’s first single hit the airwaves in January 1966 with “The Snakes Crawl at Night,” followed by “Before I Met You.” Those were followed by “Kiss An Angel Good Morning,” “Is Anybody Goin’ to San Antone?” and “Mississippi Cotton Picking Delta Town.”

Pride has toured extensively in his 30-plus career, even to places such as Japan and Fiji.

In 1993, Pride accepted a long-standing invitation to join the Grand Ole Opry 26 years after his first guest performance.