Charley Pride Treats Fellow Country Singers To Performance Of “Kiss An Angel Good Mornin'”
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Country star Charley Pride lived quite a full life.
He sang, served in the military, started a business, and even played professional baseball. Yet, out of everything he did and all the songs he sang – his signature piece will always be “Kiss An Angel Good Mornin.”
His Biggest Hit
Released in September of 1971 as the first single from the album – Charley Pride Sings Heart Songs – the tune became the biggest hit of the singer’s career, spending five weeks at number one! It held its place on the charts longer than any of Pride’s other recordings… and for a good reason.
“Kiss An Angel Good Mornin” not only rang true for country music lovers – it also appealed to many fans on the pop music side. Even though it never made it as high as it did on the country charts – the tune climbed the pop charts quickly. Reaching No.21, it leveled out and clung on for four months longer.
Country And Pop Fans Loved It
Considering this was a time when it was difficult to get a country song played on a non-country station, it was a tribute to Pride’s talent that he smashed that barrier. It was a huge win for Pride, as well as country music.
Whether he meant to or not, Pride created a hit that appealed to everyone.
Inspiration Behind The Song
What was the inspiration for the song lyrics? Songwriter Ben Peters and his wife Jackie had recently added a new baby girl to their family. The child, whose name was Angela, inspired “Angel.”
Pride released more than 40 studio albums, over 60 singles and celebrated more than 30 No. 1 hits. He was also the first black singer to perform at the Grand Ole Opry. He is truly missed.
As predicted, this song did become Country Music Hall of Fame member Charley Pride’s signature song.
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