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.
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.
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'm not James Brown. I'm not Sam Cooke. I'm Charley Pride. I'm just me and that's what you got.
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.
Fans are what make a performer and I've always taken them seriously.
It was unlikely that anyone had ever heard a black person sing country music.
There were no guarantees that country music, whose roots were in the South, were ready for Charley Pride.
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.
Too many religious organizations are in the business of enforcing beliefs.
Not only are three-putt greens probable, at times they are an achievment.
A black man singing about a blond girl was potential trouble.
I learned to tune a guitar by ear. That method has served me pretty well.
Performing is an experience, for me, that is as humbling as it is energizing.
Fans will praise you, scold you, and offer helpful advice. Fans will also defend you.
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.
I always wanted to grow up fast. I longed for more than the Mississippi Delta could give.
I've seen people who have been coming to my shows for 25 years.
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.
I was sometimes jeered by black soldiers who wanted me to sing something besides country music.
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