CMT will air a special tribute to Charley Pride and his legacy on CMT Remembers Charley Pride set to run on Dec. 16 at 8 p.m. ET on CMT. The special will include appearances and footage from some of Pride’s closest friends, colleagues and admirers, including Darius Rucker, Loretta Lynn, Merle Haggard, Tim McGraw, Shania Twain and more, alongside his beloved family, his wife Rozene, son Dion, sister Maxine and his brother Joe.
The program is a celebration honoring the extraordinary life and legacy of one of the most influential, decorated and impactful country artists in the history of the genre. Featuring three decades of interviews and commentary from Pride himself, along with archival footage of his greatest hits and most memorable performances, the half-hour event follows the Country Music Hall of Famer from his humble beginnings in Mississippi to his rise to CMA Entertainer of the Year with an unprecedented string of hits. Despite facing pervasive racism throughout his career, Pride’s perseverance and unmatched talent transcended generations, broke down barriers and blazed a new path for black country artists.
The CMT special will also air during two encore presentations on Thursday, Dec. 17 (9 a.m. ET) and Saturday, Dec. 19 (12 p.m. ET).
Pride’s family and close friends will hold a private wake and memorial in Dallas this week, with future plans for a public celebration of life memorial ceremony to be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to The Pride Scholarship at Jesuit Preparatory School, Saint Philips School & Community Center and/or The Food Bank.
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