For most entertainers, there is a single experience, one defining moment, when confidence replaces the self-doubt that most of us wrestle with.
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.
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.
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.
Early in my career I began receiving letters from a woman in the Midwest who claimed to be my mother.
I'm not James Brown. I'm not Sam Cooke. I'm Charley Pride. I'm just me and that's what you got.
How often does a guy who lives and breathes baseball meet a woman who loves the game and understands it as well as he?
No one had ever told me that whites were supposed to sing one kind of music and blacks another - I sang what I liked in the only voice I had.
Fans are what make a performer and I've always taken them seriously.
There were no guarantees that country music, whose roots were in the South, were ready for Charley Pride.
It was unlikely that anyone had ever heard a black person sing country music.
Redd Foxx was the same gruff old codger you saw on television.
If Detroit was a watershed concert for me, traveling with Willie Nelson through Texas and Louisiana was a milestone of a different sort.
I was always a dreamer, in childhood especially. People thought I was a little strange.
In 20 years I had sold more records for RCA than any artist except Elvis Presley.
Performing is an experience, for me, that is as humbling as it is energizing.
Any entertainer who tells you that the adoration of fans is not a heady experience probably never had the experience.
Even now, when I'm asked how I'm doing, I like to reply, 'Pretty good. I've got all my fingers and both eyes.
I learned to tune a guitar by ear. That method has served me pretty well.
Not only are three-putt greens probable, at times they are an achievment.
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.
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.
Chet Atkins... is probably the best guitar player who ever lived.
A black man singing about a blond girl was potential trouble.
The tastes of country music fans are not limited to the narrow range defined by consultants and programmers and record company moguls.
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