Country Throwback: Charley Pride Belts ‘Kiss an Angel Good Mornin” on TV in 2009

by Emily Morgan
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The world lost a country music icon and gem of a person when Charley Pride passed away last year. He brought joy to millions of people by way of his songwriting and vocal finesse. Fans will remember Pride for songs such as “Just Between You and Me,” “All I Have To Offer You,” and of course, “Kiss An Angel Good Mornin’.” Such songs will go down as some of the greatest songs in the history of country music. 

During one of Pride’s many live performances, he wowed audiences when he performed “Kiss An Angel Good Mornin’,” guaranteed not to have left a dry eye in the house. He performed on “The Marty Stuart” show alongside his band during this appearance, which happened to include his good pal, Marty Stuart.

A veteran in the industry, Pride, showed off his rich voice during the song, proving he deserved to be in the spotlight. 

Even though there’s no doubt he’s performed the song countless times, he sang the tune as if it was his first time, adding to the magic of the moment. Pride’s delivery is full of passion and free from hollow glitz and glamour, which was one of many reasons fans adored the singer.

Fans Remember the Late, Great Charley Pride For Vocal Talent Exemplified in Major Hit

No other song by Pride is more well-known than “Kiss An Angel Good Mornin’.” First released in 1971, the song was the lead single to his album, Charley Pride Sings Heart Songs.

Two months later, on December 4, 1971, the record rightfully claimed the coveted spot as No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard “Hot Country Singles” chart. The song also made Pride a crossover success as the record hit the 21st spot on the U.S. Billboard “Hot 100.”

“Kiss An Angel Good Mornin'” even had international success. In Canada, the popular song reached the top of the “RPM Country Tracks” chart and peaked at No. 31 on the “RPM Top Singles Chart.” 

While many have tried to put their spin on the beloved ode, including Alan Jackson, George Jones, and Conway Twitty, no one will ever be able to recreate the talent Pride effortlessly embodied.

One of Pride’s last performances before his passing was “Kiss An Angel Good Mornin’.” He took the state with Jimmie Allen at the 2020 CMA Awards. Additionally, Jimmie Allen presented Pride with the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award after performing a stripped-down version of his song “Best Shot.” 

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