Chris Young performed an emotion-filled tribute to the late Charley Pride on Saturday (Dec. 12) evening during his Grand Ole Opry performance in Nashville, Tennessee.
Young’s breathtaking performance of “Kiss An Angel Good Mornin'” was a beautiful moment of the Opry show and an incredible way to pay homage to a true Country music pioneer and icon. During the performance, photos of the country music legend played as a slideshow on the video screen in the background.
“Sadly, today we learned of the passing of a true country icon, Mr. Charley Pride. Country music has truly lost a legend and we’d like to honor him with one of his songs tonight,” Young said ahead of his performance. Ending with “We’re gonna miss you buddy.”
Tune in to see the performance below at 57:06.
“Kiss an Angel Good Mornin'” is a track written by Ben Peters, recorded by Country Music Hall Of Famer Charley Pride. It was released in October 1971 as the first single from his album, Charley Pride Sings Heart Songs. The song quickly became one of Pride’s most known singles to date and was his eighth No. 1 at Country radio.
He also performed “Gettin’ You Home” and “The Man I Want To Be.”
Earlier in the show, Scotty McCreery dedicated his performance of “5 More Minutes” to the late Pride, ending the performance saying “We love you Charley.” Quaid also dedicated “On My Way To Heaven” to Pride during the show.
Upon hearing the news of Pride’s passing, Young shared a message saying: “I had the honor of meeting Charley Pride several times over the years… absolutely gutted to hear of his passing.”
Other performances during the Saturday Night Opry show included Dennis Quaid, Brett Young and Scotty McCreery, with host Natalie Stovall, who was filling in for Bobby Bones.
Pride died on Saturday (Dec. 12) in Dallas, TX from COVID-19 complications at the age of 86.