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Pride hit inspired by songwriter's daughter

Pride hit inspired by songwriter's daughter

December 6th, 2018 by Doug Davis in Features

This week in 1971: General Motors announced a recall of 6.7 million Chevrolets; the United States barred aid to India for aggression against Pakistan; U.S. Justice Department sued Mississippi officials for ignoring ballots of blacks; and a singer from Sledge, Miss., had his 17th hit record!    

A lot of hit songs have been inspired by kinfolks of songwriters, and, according to Ben Peters, Charley Pride's 1971 No. 1 "Kiss An Angel Good Morning" was one of those tunes.

Ben said that his baby girl named Angela and his wife Jackie both played a part in the inspiration for the song.

Charley Pride says that he loved the song the first time he heard it and couldn't wait to get into the studo to record it.

According to record producer Jack Clement, Pride actually recorded the song twice.

Clement said, "I would bring Charley into my studio and record a demo version of the songs before we went down to RCA. It was on that demo session that we worked out the arrangement for the song."

Pride recorded the master
version of the song at RCA on July 28, 1971.

His RCA single "Kiss An Angel Good Morning" entered the country music charts Oct. 23, 1971, and was at the top of the charts the week of Dec. 4, where it stuck for five weeks.

The record was produced by Clement and was on the charts for 19 weeks.

It was Charley's 17th charted song and his eighth No. 1.


Doug Davis' "Story Behind The Song" is heard Monday thru Friday at 6:35 a.m. and 11:35 a.m. on KPGG - FM 103.9


Doug Davis & The Good Ole Boys will perform at 10 a.m. today at Opportunities Inc. Adult Center.

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