As promised a few days ago, tonight, I’m sharing a Charley Pride (1934-2020) song, one that was his biggest hit. As most people know, the American country music legend died on December 12 from complications related to COVID-19.
I don’t know Pride’s music well, so I called upon my sweety for a suggestion, and her answer was “Kiss an Angel Good Mornin.'” (Oh, wait… was that a song suggestion, or…?) The song comes from his 12th studio album, Charley Pride Sings Heart Songs (1971).
Before his musical career, Pride played baseball in the minor leagues in the 1950s, then was drafted to military service in 1956. He began recording music in 1958.
Now I’m not one who takes a great interest in awards or music charts, but I do think it’s worth noting that from 1966 to 1987, his career peak period, Pride racked up 52 top-ten hits on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, including 30 songs that hit number one. He was also one of three Black American members of Nashville, Tennessee’s Grand Ole Opry.
The song lyrics are rather dated, especially the statement that the secret to happiness is a man and a woman in love; it would generate criticism for exclusionism if it were released nowadays, though it is a historical reflection of oppressive societal customs of the time.
Now you know a little about why this is my song of the day for today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy.
Here’s an official video of Charley Pride and Jimmie Allen singing “Kiss an Angel Good Mornin'” at the 2020 Country Music Awards, a month before Pride’s death.
And, here is the studio version:
Plus, a link to the lyrics on Genius.com.