Charley Satisfaction, nation music’s first Black celebrity died on Dec. 12 of COVID-19 problems, on the age of 86. Satisfaction’s demise was confirmed in a press release from his publicist
The singer is the primary Black member of the Nation Music Corridor of Fame. He was additionally a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Satisfaction recorded 52 High 10 nation hits, gained three Grammy awards, and have become RCA Information’ top-selling nation artist between the years 1967 and 1987. In 1971, he obtained CMA’s Entertainer of the 12 months award.
Satisfaction carried out stay for the final time only a month in the past — on Nov. 11 — through the CMA Awards present at Nashville’s Music Metropolis Heart. He performed his 1971 hit “Kiss An Angel Good Mornin’” with Jimmie Allen.
“We’re not coloration blind but, however we’ve superior a number of paces alongside the trail and I prefer to suppose I’ve contributed one thing to that course of,” Satisfaction wrote in his memoir.
When information broke, Dolly Parton — who’s serving to fund Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine — shared her grief in an emotional tweet. “I’m so heartbroken that one among my dearest and oldest pals, Charley Satisfaction, has handed away. It’s even worse to know that he handed away from COVID-19. What a horrible, horrible virus. Charley, we’ll at all times love you,” she wrote. Relaxation In Peace. My love and ideas exit to his household and all of his followers.”
Satisfaction is the newest on an sadly lengthy listing of musicians who’ve died from COVID-19 this yr, together with fellow nation legends John Prine and Joe Diffie. In lieu of flowers, his household asks for donations to The Satisfaction Scholarship at Jesuit Faculty Preparatory Faculty, St. Philips Faculty and Group Heart, The Meals Financial institution, or the charity of your alternative.