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.
Fans are what make a performer and I've always taken them seriously.
How often does a guy who lives and breathes baseball meet a woman who loves the game and understands it as well as he?
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.
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.
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.
It isn't reasonable to expect that everyone in the world is a country music fan. Not yet, anyway.
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.
I grew up not liking my father very much. I never saw him cry. But he must have. Everybody cries.
Chet Atkins... is probably the best guitar player who ever lived.
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.
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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