For most entertainers, there is a single experience, one defining moment, when confidence replaces the self-doubt that most of us wrestle with.— Charley Pride
The most killer Charley Pride quotes that will activate your desire to change
The tastes of country music fans are not limited to the narrow range defined by consultants and programmers and record company moguls.
It used to be that if you had a pretty good record, you could stop by a station in Little Rock or Atlanta and let the DJ listen to it. No way something like that can happen now.
I try to keep my feet on the ground. Even though I appreciate the fame and adoration, I remember once I used to pick cotton, and I felt like even then I was somebody. I have the same feet, hands and heart like everyone else. I'm just also blessed with a good voice.
I finally came to terms with manic depression and lithium.
I've taken lithium regularly for the past few years and have had no further bouts with manic depression.
A fan will grab you and hug you and will not let go.
When that happens, you wish it could be that way all over the world.
There only have been two people on this earth that I was nervous around: Chet Atkins and Mickey Mantle. It's because of the respect I have for them.
I learned to tune a guitar by ear. That method has served me pretty well.
I grew up not liking my father very much. I never saw him cry. But he must have. Everybody cries.
There is an intimacy about the Opry Theater that gives an entertainer a special charge.
Early in my career I began receiving letters from a woman in the Midwest who claimed to be my mother.
It was unlikely that anyone had ever heard a black person sing country music.
I was always a dreamer, in childhood especially. People thought I was a little strange.
What we don't need in country music is divisiveness, public criticism of each other, and some arbitrary judgement of what belongs and what doesn't.
I'm not James Brown. I'm not Sam Cooke. I'm Charley Pride. I'm just me and that's what you got.
Any entertainer who tells you that the adoration of fans is not a heady experience probably never had the experience.
There were no guarantees that country music, whose roots were in the South, were ready for Charley Pride.
Too many religious organizations are in the business of enforcing beliefs.
Singing as a full-time job was not something I had given a lot of thought to and I had no clear notion of the money to be made in it.
Mother was a talkative person, and I was a lot like her.
If Detroit was a watershed concert for me, traveling with Willie Nelson through Texas and Louisiana was a milestone of a different sort.
Performing is an experience, for me, that is as humbling as it is energizing.
I always wanted to grow up fast. I longed for more than the Mississippi Delta could give.
Fans are what make a performer and I've always taken them seriously.
No one church has all the answers or the perfect map to the Promised Land, and I prefer to work out my own faith and my own convictions in the seclusion of my own mind.
I might have become a minor celebrity but royalty checks were a long way off.
My brothers and sisters all sang, too, and they all have good voices.
I've seen people who have been coming to my shows for 25 years.
How often does a guy who lives and breathes baseball meet a woman who loves the game and understands it as well as he?
After 14 months of military service, I had a wife, a child, half an apartment, no car, and no job.
Besides good schools, a good airport, and the Cowboys, Dallas had golf courses, and golf was fast becoming an obsession with me.
There were very few black people in Montana but we never felt out of place.
A lot of celebrities relish politics and are eager to lend their names to candidates and causes. I never wanted to be a spokesman for anybody.
As far back as I can remember, the radio held a special fascination for me.
A black man singing about a blond girl was potential trouble.
In 20 years I had sold more records for RCA than any artist except Elvis Presley.
Until MTV, television had not been a huge influence on music.
To compete with MTV, the country music moguls felt they had to appeal to the same young audience and do it the way MTV did.
When I came up, there was room for the new and the old.
For every new artist, an old one didn't have to be pushed out.
The time I spent thinking about how I was better than somebody else or worrying about somebody else's attitude was time I could put to better use.
It isn't reasonable to expect that everyone in the world is a country music fan. Not yet, anyway.
I realize I was more of a curiosity to the older Nashville artists than the new ones.
Chet Atkins... is probably the best guitar player who ever lived.
I began playing Branson during the 1992 season and was a little amazed.
There were about 30 celebrity theatres there and more are being added all the time.
Once your name becomes well known, politicians come courting.
I think there's enough room in country music for everybody.
What qualifies me to tell people how to act or what to think? I'm Charley Pride, country singer. Period.
Baseball got into my blood early and I worked harder at it than anything.
People pay attention to lyrics, and the race matter was delicate.
Flying was as necessary to my business as fiddles and footlights.
I don't care what the religion is called;
as far as I'm concerned, one God, the God I adhere to, is in charge of all of them.