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Charley Pride Celebrates 25 Years with the Opry

Charley Pride celebrated a big anniversary with the Grand Ole Opry over the weekend when he celebrated 25 years as a member.

The Country Music Hall of Fame member and Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient had an Opry party for his anniversary. He celebrated with appearances, performances and, of course, cake! Opry station 650 AM WSM dubbed it “Country Pride Weekend.”

Charley Pride 25 years Opry
Photo by Rachael Black, Courtesy of the Grand Ole Opry

It was way back in 1967 when Pride was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry. Back then, Pride had other dreams. He dreamed of being a baseball star that got an invite to join the MLB Hall of Fame.

“It’s as if I had made it in baseball and they came up to me and took me to Cooperstown and said, ‘This is where your plaque is going to be – beside Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jackie Robinson, and Hank Aaron.”

Country fans that missed his Opry celebration still have opportunities to catch Pride in the upcoming months. He’ll play the Charley Pride Fan Club Breakfast on June 7 here in Nashville. He’ll also play CMA Music Fest at Nissan Stadium on June 8. If that’s not enough opportunity to see him, Pride will take the Ryman Auditorium stage on June 9. Full concert dates and Pride news is available on his official website.

Carrie Underwood is also celebrating an Opry anniversary this month. She’s ringing in 10 years with the Grand Ole Opry on May 11 with two shows. May’s Opry schedule is jam-packed even outside of the “Cry Pretty” singer’s party. Trace Adkins, Terri Clark, Craig Morgan, Darius Rucker and Brett Young will play this month, among others. Visit the Opry website to grab tickets and to see the full schedule.

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