Charley Pride overcame racial barriers as country music star
And he did it by winning over millions of country music fans. Until the early 1990s, when Cleve Francis came along, Pride was the only Black country singer signed to a major label. “Then it was ‘first Negro country singer;’ then ‘first Black country singer.’ Now I’m the `first African-American country singer.′ That’s about the only thing that’s changed. Throughout his career, he sang positive songs instead of sad ones often associated with country music. Even a country singer,” said country singer Rissi Palmer on Twitter.
2 Garrison Keillor books set for release this fall
FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2018, file photo, Garrison Keillor poses for a photo in Minneapolis. Keillor has two books coming out this fall, his first releases since sexual harassment allegations were made against the author and humorist three years ago. (AP Photo/Jeff Baenen, File)NEW YORK Garrison Keillor will have two books out this fall a novel and a memoir marking his first releases since sexual harassment allegations were made against the author and humorist three years ago. Arcade Publishing announced Thursday that Keillor's The Lake Wobegon Virus, which continues his popular Lake Wobegon series and ties it to the current pandemic, is coming Sept. 8. "The people of Lake Wobegon were waiting for the chance to go wild and so the book wrote itself.
On this day: June 30
2001: Guitarist, singer-songwriter and producer Chet Atkins, who helped create the smoother country music style known as the Nashville sound, dies of cancer at age 77 in Nashville, Tennessee. A 14-time Grammy winner and an inductee of both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Country Music Hall of Fame, Atkins (seen here in 1965) was known for his trademark guitar picking style. He produced records for acts such as Porter Wagoner, Dolly Parton, Dottie West, Elvis Presley, The Everly Brothers, Jerry Reed, Waylon Jennings and many others. Hide Caption