For most entertainers, there is a single experience, one defining moment, when confidence replaces the self-doubt that most of us wrestle with.
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 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.
Fans are what make a performer and I've always taken them seriously.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I'm not James Brown. I'm not Sam Cooke. I'm Charley Pride. I'm just me and that's what you got.
Chet Atkins... is probably the best guitar player who ever lived.
I think there's enough room in country music for everybody.
How often does a guy who lives and breathes baseball meet a woman who loves the game and understands it as well as he?
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 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.
There is an intimacy about the Opry Theater that gives an entertainer a special charge.
I learned to tune a guitar by ear. That method has served me pretty well.
Any entertainer who tells you that the adoration of fans is not a heady experience probably never had the experience.
It isn't reasonable to expect that everyone in the world is a country music fan. Not yet, anyway.
Performing is an experience, for me, that is as humbling as it is energizing.
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