Charley Pride and Jimmie Rodgers to Receive Grammy Lifetime Achievement Awards

Charley Pride and Jimmie Rodgers to Receive Grammy Lifetime Achievement Awards

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Two groundbreaking pioneers in country music—the “Father of Country Music” Jimmie Rodgers, and country music’s first African-American superstar Charley Pride—have both been selected along with five others to be in the 2017 class of Grammy Lifetime Achievement recipients. Other recipients include Velvet Underground, Nina Simone, Sly Stone, Shirley Caesar, and Ahmad Jamal.

Jimmie Rodgers was one of the very first to bring the yodel, the blues, and folk music together in a way that would stir the soul like none other before. When he sat down with Ralph Peer in 1927 to record his songs along with others like The Carter Family, country music was born. Though Rodgers would…



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