He’s a legend and has a unique voice that always recognized–Charley Pride. The acclaimed country music singer, who’s also a skillful musician and guitarist and award-winning recording artist will be at The Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center in The Villages October 19 at 7pm.
One of 11 children, he was born in Sledge, Mississippi, in a poor sharecropper’s family. However, his golden baritone voice brought him to Nashville and made him one of the most memorable country music stars of the 70s.
Did you know, however, that he also played in the Negro American League for the Memphis Red Sox? He entertained fellow players on the long bus trips by singing and playing his guitar. That guitar came from Sear & Roebuck, bought when he was 14 years old, and he taught himself to play. As his team traveled around the country, Charley would join various bands onstage and built a reputation as a musician.
When baseball ended, a stop in Nashville took his life in a new direction when he was introduced to producer, Jack Clement, who gave him several songs to learn. When Jack heard Charley sing the songs, he immediately put Charley in a studio.
The rest, as they say, is history. Charley Pride is a much-beloved country artist now with a legion of fans. Don’t miss this one-night-only performance at 7pm at The Sharon in Spanish Springs Town Square in The Villages. See thesharon.com for ticket information.