Country Music Community Reacts To Charley Pride’s Death

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On December 12, Grand Ole Opry Member and Country Music Hall of Famer Charley Pride passed away at the age of 86. The “Kiss an Angel Good Mornin'” singer’s death was confirmed via a statement his team posted to his official Facebook page.

It is with great sadness that we confirm that Charley Pride passed away this morning, Saturday, December 12, 2020 in Dallas, Texas of complications from Covid-19 at age 86,” the statement read.

Charley’s team said he had been admitted to the hospital in November “with Covid-19 type symptoms” and was sadly “unable to overcome the virus.”

Charley Pride / Facebook

Almost immediately after news broke of Charley’s passing, members of the country music community started to express their grief and pay tribute to him on social media. Posts came pouring in from his peers and from younger artists he helped inspire. Organizations with country music ties, such as the Grand Ole Opry and the CMA, also honored him.

Look at this list to see just a few of the many reactions to Charley’s death. 

Brad Paisley


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Dolly Parton

Aaron Watson

Billy Bob’s Texas

Travis Tritt

Sara Evans

Phil Vassar

Whey Jennings (Waylon Jennings & Jessi Colter’s Grandson)

Very sad news . Good buddy Charley Pride passed from Covid complications. Here’s a pic of us at #cmafest . Here’s a…

Posted by Whey Jennings on Saturday, December 12, 2020

Chris Young



Tanya Tucker

Keith Urban

Tracy Lawrence

Brothers Osborne

Kane Brown


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Charlie Daniels Jr.

The Country Music Hall of Fame

The Grand Ole Opry

Blake Shelton

Martina McBride

Trisha Yearwood

One of the most heartwarming tributes came from “Wink” singer Neal McCoy. He covered Charley’s “Kiss an Angel Good Mornin'” during a live soundcheck on Facebook after learning he had passed away.

Watch Neal’s musical tribute to Charley below. As long as people like Neal keep sharing Charley’s music, his legacy will never die.