WATCH: Charley Pride Turned Back Clock with ‘Mountain of Love’ Performance at White House in 2009

by Kayla Zadel
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As we remember legendary county music artist Charley Pride, we’re taking a look back at the time he performed at the White House.

The Country Music Hall of Fame member performed “Mountain of Love” during one of President Obama’s country music concert series.

Pride sounds like he’s in his prime as he hits every note perfectly. Also, he effortlessly moves across the stage and bounces back and forth while keeping the rhythm of the song.

Former President Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama seem to enjoy themselves as the president bobs his head and Michelle claps her hands.

This event was for educational purposes and Pride joined Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss and Union Station for the workshop.

Pride Covers ‘Mountain of Love’

“Mountain of Love” was one of Pride’s many hits. The song was first released by Harold Dorman in 1960.

It wasn’t until December 1981, that Charley Pride released a cover version. It hit the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart in March 1982. Charley Pride’s version of “Mountain of Love” was his twenty-sixth #1 on the country chart.

The song is about a man that expresses his pain after the woman he loves leaves him. He feels lonely and often wishes that the woman would feel the same way and return to him.

“Night after night I been standing here alone / Weeping my heart out till cold gray dawn / Prayin’ that you’re lonely and you come here too / Hopin’ just by chance that I’ll get a glimpse of you / Tryin’ hard to find you, somewhere I love High on a mountain of love,” are a few lyrics from the song.

It’s hard for the person to move on because they still feel sky high from the love they experienced.

Charley Pride Passes Away at Age 86

The country music legend died yesterday (Dec. 12) in Dallas while in hospice care. His death is related to complications he suffered because of the novel coronavirus.

Pride paved the way for many African American singers in country music and even received the CMA Lifetime Achievement Award for his accomplishments.

“No person of color had ever done what he has done,” Darius Rucker said in “Charley Pride: I’m Just Me,” a 2019 “American Masters” documentary on PBS the New York Times reports.