For most entertainers, there is a single experience, one defining moment, when confidence replaces the self-doubt that most of us wrestle with.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
In 20 years I had sold more records for RCA than any artist except Elvis Presley.
Johnny Duncan was one of the first opening acts I hired for my show, and he is the one who initiated me into astrology. I got hooked. It made a lot of sense to me.
I might have become a minor celebrity but royalty checks were a long way off.
I loved Mississippi and do to this day. The rainbows that stretch from horizon to horizon after a summer rain are the most spectacular I have ever seen.
I believe it is possible to tell what sign some people were born under by watching their eyes, watching how they walk, how they talk.
I always wanted to grow up fast. I longed for more than the Mississippi Delta could give.
What qualifies me to tell people how to act or what to think? I'm Charley Pride, country singer. Period.
Flying was as necessary to my business as fiddles and footlights.
I think there's enough room in country music for everybody.
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.
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