Neal McCoy

Neal McCoy has performed for audiences all over the world, earning three Platinum albums, four Gold albums, two No. 1 hits, numerous top ten hits, and the admiration of country music fans everywhere.

In 1981, Pride was introduced to McCoy after the young singer won a nightclub talent contest in Dallas and soon hired the newcomer to be his opening act at his concerts. McCoy continued to work for Pride until 1986 when he left to pursue a recording contract.

"He took me under his wing," McCoy recalls gratefully. "For the next five or six years, I toured the world with him. There is no substitute for what he gave me and what he showed me. He showed me how to treat people off stage, to take that extra minute to be nice. He led by his example. He allowed me to hone my craft and become an entertainer.

Charley told me years ago, 'Neal, if you put on a great show and be nice to people, you'll last a long time in this business.' I adopted that. It has worked and it certainly did for him. So thank you, Charley Pride."

McCoy is best known for his two No. 1 hits, "No Doubt About It" and "Wink."

Hometown: Longview, TX


Pride A Tribute to Charley Pride Deluxe Edition
Pride: A Tribute to Charley Pride: Deluxe Edition

"I thought it was time to do this," says longtime Pride disciple and Protegee Neal McCoy. "I wanted to open people's eyes about Charley and what he has accomplished," said McCoy. Charley Pride has been honored with membership in the Country Music Hall of Fame. He is widely regarded as one of the premier vocal stylists of classic country music, but has never been saluted with a tribute album. Until now. The 13 songs on the album are just a fraction of the dozens that Pride has immortalized during his career.