by Jim Poulton
Charley Pride - Kiss An Angel Good Morning
Photo courtesy of Torrentsland.com
This little slip of a song – it’s barely longer than two minutes – made a helluva splash when it was released in 1971. It wasn’t the first song by Charley Pride to reach the top of the charts, but it earned him the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year and Top Male Vocalist prizes – quite an accomplishment for a guy who had pitched for various teams in the Negro American League until 1960!
Pride sings Kiss An Angel Good Morning in an understated and mellow baritone, while the accompaniment – especially the piano – offers just enough contrast and punch. The song’s short duration makes you want to listen to it over and over, and it doesn’t take long before you’re singing the refrain to yourself – ‘Kiss an angel good morning … and love her like the devil when you get back home’. Now that’s a mark of a top 10 song!