Calgary Bluesfest (2008)
George Louis Pride was born May 24, 1950 in Chicago up on the north side of the Windy City. Like countless other soul and blues singers he had gospel roots; he attended First Baptist Church pastored by Reverend E.J. Cole, the father of Nat King Cole. But after watching a BB King performance with his mom, blues singing became a career goal. Nothing much happened until a two year stint singing with The Karls on service shows in Germany; upon returning home he formed a duet with a female singer who went by the initial's JLC; the pair had a Sam & Dave-type act and got along so well they married and settled in El Paso, TX. It was while living in El Paso that Pride cut the classic single "I'm Com'n Home in the Morn'n" b/w "I'm Not Thru With You" on Seumi Records in the early '70s. Other 1970s' singles include: "Look Out on Love," "We're Only Fooling Ourselves," "You've Got to Work for Love," and "Been Such a Long Time". He cut his first album, "Very Special" (reissued as "Gone Bad For A Very Special Reason" in 1988), in 1979 while living in Albuquerque, NM, for Black Gold Records. He was introduced to Curtis Mayfield and cut an album for the Curtom label. Ichiban Records released a CD on Pride in 1997 and Ice House Records produced "I Won't Give Up" in 2000. His best work was released on Severn Records in 2002.