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Charley Pride: I'm Just Me

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Charley Pride: I'm Just Me

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Thursday 15 August 8.30pm Channel 039

The improbable journey of Charley Pride, from his humble beginnings as a sharecropper's son on a cotton farm in segregated Mississippi to his career as a Negro American League baseball player and his meteoric rise as a trailblazing country music superstar. The new documentary reveals how Pride's love for music led him from the Delta to a larger, grander world. In the 1940s, radio transcended racial barriers, and whilst most Afro-American singers turned to soul or R&B, Pride grew up listening to and imitating Grand Ole Opry stars. When he arrived in Nashville in 1963, the city was rife with sit-ins and racial violence. But with boldness, perseverance and undeniable musical talent, he managed to parlay a series of fortuitous encounters with music industry insiders into a legacy of hit singles, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and a place in the Country Music Hall of Fame. Narrated by Grammy-nominated country singer Tanya Tucker and featuring interviews with country royalty – including Garth Brooks, Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson.