Country Singer Charley Pride

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on June 13, 2004
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I’d like to know what country singer Charley Pride is doing.

—A.S., Ohio

Charley Pride, 66, is still working, though he does mix in some playing when he gets near a golf course. Unfortunately, he had to take an unexpected break from the road after undergoing emergency surgery in May for a blood clot in his brain. He plans on resuming his schedule as soon as he’s able. He recently released an album, Comfort of Her Wings, with the title song written by Darryl Worley of Have You Forgotten? fame, and has another album, 20 Classics, coming out next month. He’s also got another album in the works; in other words, he’s a very busy man. “I am fortunate at this point in my life that thanks to all the success I have enjoyed, I could sit back, but what keeps life interesting is to be able to do what you love,” he says. “I have three loves in my life. The number one love of my life is my wife, Rozene, and my family. The other loves in my life are music and baseball.” Pride, a native of Sledge, Miss. (pop. 529), played baseball with the Memphis (Tenn.) Red Sox before he became a country music star, and every spring he shows up to train with the Texas Rangers. His other sport is golf, which he plays about three times a week.