Best Quotes from Charley Pride

For most entertainers, there is a single experience, one defining moment, when confidence replaces the self-doubt that most of us wrestle with.

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Fans will praise you, scold you, and offer helpful advice. Fans will also defend you.

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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.

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I was always a dreamer, in childhood especially. People thought I was a little strange.

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Performing is an experience, for me, that is as humbling as it is energizing.

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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.

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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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Too many religious organizations are in the business of enforcing beliefs.

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I grew up not liking my father very much. I never saw him cry. But he must have. Everybody cries.

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I’ve tried to help a lot of young artists get started.

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I think there’s enough room in country music for everybody.

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Chet Atkins… is probably the best guitar player who ever lived.

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Singing as a full-time job was not something I had given a lot of thought to and I had no clear notion of the money to be made in it.

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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.

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There is an intimacy about the Opry Theater that gives an entertainer a special charge.

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What we don’t need in country music is divisiveness, public criticism of each other, and some arbitrary judgement of what belongs and what doesn’t.

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In 20 years I had sold more records for RCA than any artist except Elvis Presley.

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When I came up, there was room for the new and the old. For every new artist, an old one didn’t have to be pushed out.

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Until MTV, television had not been a huge influence on music. To compete with MTV, the country music moguls felt they had to appeal to the same young audience and do it the way MTV did.

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It used to be that if you had a pretty good record, you could stop by a station in Little Rock or Atlanta and let the DJ listen to it. No way something like that can happen now.

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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.

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There are worse things than being thought a Republican.

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What qualifies me to tell people how to act or what to think? I’m Charley Pride, country singer. Period.

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Once your name becomes well known, politicians come courting.

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It isn’t reasonable to expect that everyone in the world is a country music fan. Not yet, anyway.

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Any entertainer who tells you that the adoration of fans is not a heady experience probably never had the experience.

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Fans are what make a performer and I’ve always taken them seriously.

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Redd Foxx was the same gruff old codger you saw on television.

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A black man singing about a blond girl was potential trouble.

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I learned to tune a guitar by ear. That method has served me pretty well.

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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.

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