On Thursday, Charley Pride appeared on ABC’s “The View” and even Whoopi Goldberg admitted to being a starstruck fan. But after a live performance, Pride was hit with the question: what is it like to be one of the first African-Americans in country music?
Haines: You sing the national anthem … But in 1966, you signed a record contract with RCA Records.
Haines: What was it like to be the first black country artist?
Pride: Before I answer that. I told my wife I wasn’t going to get long-winded. I’m going to have to condense this down. You just mentioned “of color.” When I first started in this business, one reporter said, “Charlie, how does it feel to be the Jackie Robinson of country music? Charlie how does it feel to be the first colored country singer? Charlie how does it feel to be the first Negro country singer? Charlie how does it feel to be the first African-American country singer?”
Pride’s answer was one for the ages:
“I SAID I FEEL THE SAME WAY I DID WHEN I WAS COLORED.”