What is the name of a popular African American male country singer?
Charlie Pride was the first African American country singer who was on the charts professionally. But before him, the first African-American (or Negro, as they were then called) performer in country music was probably DeFord Bailey, a popular harmonica player who could be heard on the Grand Old Opry in the 1920s and 1930s, and performed with many famous country stars. He was not a singer, but many of the big country stars would not…
There were other African American Country artist who worked in the country music industry. But, the only one to make his mark, and to become a country music legend, would be the great Charley Pride. The first known African American artist in country music was DeFord Bailey, a gifted harmonica player, was one of the Grand Ole Opry's most popular performers in the late 1920's.