WATCH: Alan Jackson Performs Moving Tribute of ‘Where Do I Put Her Memory’ Honoring Charley Pride

by Samantha Whidden
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Honoring a fellow country legend, Alan Jackson took to the stage during his appearance on CMT Giants to perform Where Do I Put Her Memory? for the late Charley Pride. 

Where Do I Put Her Memory was released by Pride in February 1979 from his album Burger and Fries/When I Stop Leaving (I’ll Be Gone). The song was Pride’s twenty-first number-one single on the country chart. 

Charley Pride passed away at the age of 86 in December 2020 in Dallas, Texas. He was a singer, guitarist, and former professional baseball player. Along with Alan Jackson, other stars who paid tribute to Pride are Garth Brooks, Darius Rucker, Lee Ann Womack, and Gladys Knight.

Pride’s wife Rozene Pride also made an appearance. Prior to the event, she told CMT, “I am delighted to have so many giants in the business celebrate the legacy of Pride. He would have been so happy to see the artists give so generously of their time and talent honoring him.”

Alan Jackson Opens Up About Charley Pride 

During his performance at CMT Giants last week, Alan Jackson described Charley Pride as one of the nicest, most genuine artists that he has ever met. “I loved Charley Pride,” Jackson declared. “He was one of my heroes.”

Alan Jackson further revealed that Pride was one of the sweetest and most sincere guys that made him feel so welcomed into the country music genre. “I am so proud to do this song for him.”

The country singer also stated that Pride loved real country music and songs that said things he wanted to say and reminded him of where came from. 

Jackson Speaks His Mind About Today’s Country Genre

During a recent interview with Hits Daily Double, Alan Jackson shared his thoughts about the country music genre. “Country music is gone,” Jackson stated. “And it’s not coming back.”

Alan Jackson explained that it’s like the 80s again to him. He also believes the genre needs to go back to its traditional country-style roots.

“Somebody has to bring [country music] back because it’s not just people in their 50s. It’s people in their 20s too.”

When asked how he felt about his latest album being considered as a strong hard country album Jackson answered, “It’s not old-school, it’s real school. And I’m kinda pissed off like you are about what’s happing to the format.”

Alan Jackson goes on to admit that he knows he doesn’t have to make his records for country radio. So he decided to change it up. “It’s even a little harder country than what I’ve done. But it’s what I’ve always dreamed about doing.”

In regards to what he truly thinks is country music, Alan Jackson added that real country songs are life and love and heartache.

“They’re drinking, singing about Mama, and having a good time, sad things, fun things.”