Charley Pride Pays It Forward
Country music fan Jacqueline Sharp was very surprised to see Charley Pride walk through the doors of a local drug store in Leduc, Alberta, Canada recently. She was even more surprised when the country legend handed her a check for $933, the amount she paid a scalper for two tickets to his upcoming show in her hometown.
According to the Edmonton Journal newspaper, Pride heard about the exorbitant price Sharp paid a scalper on abstix.com, after her son wrote to his agent about it. Pride told the newspaper that he thinks online ticket scalping is unacceptable, adding, "That's why I came. I don't think it's right. I wouldn't like paying that much money to see myself."
Had she been able to get tickets at their regular price, Sharp would have paid around $68 to see Pride. She cried while hugging the singer, thanking him for the money and for the two floor seats he gave her to the show. "I felt like (I was) 20," she said. "He's one of the better performers I think I've ever seen."
A member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, Pride has had numerous country hits, including 'Kiss An Angel Good Morning,' 'Is Anybody Goin' to San Antone,' 'All I Have To Offer You Is Me' and 'Roll On Mississippi,' which is the official song of his home state. Pride is also a member of the Grand Ole Opry and has a star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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