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Charley Pride

Opry Member Since Year
1993

With 36 No. 1 hits and more than 25 million albums sold, Charley Pride is a true country music legend. The journey, however, was not without its share of challenges. Born to poor Mississippi sharecroppers, Charley was one of 11 children. At 14, he bought a guitar and taught himself to play. Unofficially starting his music career while playing baseball in the Negro American League with the Memphis Red Sox, Charley sang on the team bus between ballparks. Following a tryout with the New York Mets, Charley returned home — but not before making a trip to Nashville. Manager Jack Johnson heard Charley and promised that a recording contract would follow.

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