Throughout his career, Charley Pride had several love ballads. But “Someone Loves You Honey” might be his most tender and thoughtful.
It’s hard to imagine anyone else behind the mic, but Pride’s version was actually a cover. The song was written by Don Devaney and originally recorded by Johnny Rodriguez in 1974. Brenda Lee also offered her own spin on the song. But Pride’s version captured the nation’s imagination.
Pride released the song as the second single on his 1978 album of the same name. Upon release, Pride had another hit on his hands, the 20th of his career.
Charley Pride Met His Wife in the 1950s
It’s easy to imagine the late singer serenading his own wife Rozene when he was up on-stage with a mic in hand. Theirs was one of those classic love stories that belong in movies or books. How else do you describe a marriage of 62 years in only a sentence or less?
There’s never been a time in his professional career when he didn’t have Rozene supporting him in his aspirations. She knew Pride before he became the Charley Pride fans remember and adore today. The two met when he played for the Memphis Red Sox in the segregated American Negro League.
Many of the young women who hung around the stadium did so just to meet ballplayers and be part of the social life of the season,” Pride wrote in his autobiography. “But Rozene could talk baseball with the savviest of the players or coaches.”
The two married on Dec. 28, 1956, after five months of courtship. At the time, Charley was on leave from the Army. She supported him through the years when he pursued his baseball dream and then turned his attention to music. At the time though, Rozene didn’t realize there had never been a black country superstar before.
The couple had three children and bought a home in Dallas, Texas where they spent the rest of Pride’s life together. Rozene was with Pride until the very end. She and the rest of the family gathered by his bedside. Because she and Pride loved each other “more than anything in the world.”