Dion Pride; Photo Courtesy of John Shearer/Getty Images for CMT
Dion Pride; Photo Courtesy of John Shearer/Getty Images for CMT

Dion Pride Certainly Made His Late Father Charley Pride Proud With His Tribute Performance On ‘CMT Giants’

Dion Pride certainly made his late father Charley Pride proud with his performance on CMT Giants.

On Wednesday (Aug. 25), the country icon’s son honored his Father with a performance of Pride’s No. 1 hit, “Mountain Of Love.”

“Hi, mom. Listen, first of all, I want to say thank you to this fabulous band,” Pride’s son said ahead of his performance. “I always told people, and I tell them to this day, that I’ve never had to go past my front door for a role model and with monikers and slogans like, ‘GID’ and ‘Get it done,’ and songs like, ‘I’m Just Me,’ and he sitting us kids down and saying if you ever come home and say that this is the reason why you did or didn’t get something you are out and in other words, no excuses. These are just some of the gifts that I received from the man that you call country Charley Pride and I call dad.”

Watch the performance below.

Charley Pride passed away on December 12, 2020. He celebrated over 50 years as a recording artist and had a lasting impact on the the music community. Pride was a member of the Grand Ole Opry, a three-time GRAMMY winner, Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award winner, a CMA and ACM award winner and a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. He earned 36 No.1 singles throughout his career. 

CMT Giants: Charley Pride also featured performances from Alan Jackson, Garth Brooks, George Strait, Gladys Knight, Jimmie Allen, Lee Ann Womack, Luke Combs, Mickey Guyton, Wynonna Judd and Pride’s son Dion.

In addition to performances the show included interviews from family, friends and collaborators, including Neal McCoy, Nolan Ryan, Reba McEntire, Ronnie Milsap and Pride’s wife Rozene, who shared their personal memories while reflecting on Pride’s lasting legacy. The special also showcased rare archival photos, interviews and clips with commentary from the late Charley Pride.

The CMT special brought together Pride’s superstar friends and some of the biggest names in country music to celebrate his catalog of legendary hit songs.

CMT Giants: Charley Pride will air again for an encore performance on Sunday, August 29 at 12/11c on CMT.

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