Chris Young headlined Saturday night’s Grand Ole Opry show and closed out the live radio program with a tribute to the late Charley Pride.
“Sadly, today we learned of the passing of a true country icon, Mr. Charley Pride,” Young told the 1,100 fans inside the Opry House and thousands of fans watching from home. “Country music has truly lost a legend and we’d like to honor him with one of his songs tonight.”
Young went on to perform Pride’s iconic, chart-topping single, “Kiss an Angel Good Mornin.'” The song was written by Ben Peters and released by Country Music Hall Of Famer Charley Pride in October of 1971 as the first single from his album, Charley Pride Sings Heart Songs.
“We’re gonna miss you, buddy,” Young said at the end of his performance.
Click below to watch Young’s performance at the 57:06 mark.
The Saturday night Opry show also featured the Opry Square Dancers, Jeannie Seely, Mark Wills, Henry Cho, Scotty McCreery, Brett Young and Dennis Quaid.
Charley Pride passed away due to complications of COVID-19 on the morning of Saturday, December 12 at the age of 86. According to a statement released by his family, Pride was admitted to the hospital with COVID symptoms in late November, but “despite the incredible efforts, skill and care of his medical team over the past several weeks, he was unable to overcome the virus.”
Following Pride’s death, several country music artists paid tribute to him on social media with heartfelt tributes.