McCreery paused in his performance to offer a monologue on Charley Pride and his legacy. The late singer had a decades-long career, with multiple No. 1 hits and singles. Pride was the first African-American country star, and he became a mentor to generations of country singers that followed him.
“It is always a special night getting to play the Grand Ole Opry, so many great memories here. So many great artists have come here before me. And one of those that I’ve always been such a big fan of we lost today, Mr. Charley Pride,” McCreery shared.
While he wrote “Five More Minutes” for his grandfather, McCreery dedicated his performance at the Opry to Pride.
“That guy, he was always such a joy, to talk to backstage,” McCreery said. “And he always made you feel like you’re the only one in the room. Just the nicest guy, we talked baseball, just music, everything. So tonight, we’re gonna play ‘Five More Minutes,’ which I wrote for my Granddaddy Bill. But tonight, this song goes out to Mr. Charley Pride, y’all.”
Charley Pride Was a Member of the Grand Ole Opry
Growing up in Mississippi, Charley Pride listened to the Grand Ole Opry shows on the radio. The music inspired him to pursue musical aspirations of his own. As a teenager, he bought his first guitar. But Pride wouldn’t make his Opry debut until 1967, on a night that slightly terrified him.
“I was so nervous I don’t know how I got through those two songs,” Pride said of his performance. “It’s hard to remember that far back because it’s been a while, but I remember how nervous I was – that, I can tell you. It was something.”
Despite several invitations to, Pride didn’t officially join the organization until 1993.