Now there was a song

Charlie Pride

Charley Pride/photo submitted

By Doug Davis

This week in 1970: G.M. settled with Ralph Nader for $425,000 for invasion of privacy; The FCC ordered TV to give prime time to critics of The Vietnam War; a U.S. Marine was sentenced to five years in prison for murdering 15 Vietnamese and a singer from Sledge, Mississippi had his 11th hit record.

According to Bill Rice, Charley Pride’s 1970 number one, “Wonder Could I Live There Anymore” was written after he returned from a vacation trip to his hometown. Rice said he began reminiscing about his hometown after a visit back home. He says he wrote the song in 1969 and that was where the song came from.

Charley Pride’s RCA Victor single “Wonder Could I Live There Anymore” entered the country music charts June 13,1970 and made it to number one while staying there for two weeks. It was his eleventh charted song and was on the charts for 17 weeks. It was also his fourth number one.

Charley Pride was voted The Country Music Association’s Male Vocalist Of The Year in 1971 and 1972 and was named Entertainer Of The Year in 1971. He joined The Grand Ole Opry in 1993 and was inducted into The Country Music Hall Of Fame in 2000.

Charley Pride placed 67 songs on the country music charts 1966–1989, including 29 number ones.

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