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Dallas Black Dance Theater’s Big Dance to Celebrate Country Music Icon Charley Pride – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Charley Pride’s career spanned decades, with some of the biggest hits coming in the 1970s.

Even today, Pride’s contribution to American music and history has lasted well beyond his lifetime.

“His shows were never boring because they were never the same,” Rozene Pride said in a rare TV interview with NBC 5. “We never knew what he was going to do or what he was going to sing.”

His widow, Rozene, now spends her days remembering the talented icon her husband has become. But she’s not the only one celebrating her life. On Saturday, June 4, Dallas Black Dance Theater will host The BIG Dance: A Boot Scootin’ Boogie Hometown Tribute to Charley Pride.

The couple lived for many years in Dallas, calling the city their adoptive home. The two are even co-owners of the Texas Rangers.

The Dallas Black Dance Theater celebrates Black Music Month by honoring the first man inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Charley Pride’s widow Rozene explains how much it would have meant to her late husband.

“We are so honoured,” Ms Pride said. “He would have been so honored. We love the Dallas Black Dance Theater. They are so talented.”

Both have been staunch DBDT supporters for decades. Ms. Pride is Honorary Co-Chair of the show which will celebrate the closing of the 45e anniversary season.

DBDT is the largest and oldest professional dance company in Dallas and the fourth largest black dance company in the United States.

She said she was excited about all the artists, but one of them is close to her heart.

“Her son, Dion, will be performing at the concert,” Ms Pride said. “They played together quite a bit during his career. He wasn’t full time, but he joined the band when needed. He’s such a talented musician.”

The event will be a celebration of the country music icon’s contributions to American culture. He was the first black man to be inducted into the County Music Hall of Fame in 2000, he became the best-selling performer for RCA Records since Elvis Presley, had more than 50 top 10 hits and is one of the three black members of the Grand Olé Opry.

Pride won the Country Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2020, just months before his death.

While Ms Pride said it was one of the highlights of her career, she said she thought her husband had more in him.

“He probably would have said I never finished,” Ms Pride said. “That’s the problem, he loved what he did and he was always good at it. To say he set out to finish what he started, I would say he would probably say he wanted to accomplish more.”