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“All I Have to Offer You (Is Me):” Charley Pride’s Ground-breaking Single

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Charley Pride gives us an insight into what matters more in a relationship. His love song “All I Have to Offer You (Is Me) is a refreshing take on the meaning of love and its importance.

The Making of “All I Have to Offer You (Is Me)”

“All I Have to Offer You (Is Me)” is written in 1969 by Dallas Frazier and A.L. “Doodle” Owens. It was first recorded by Charley Pride in the same year.

Charley Pride all i have to offer you (is me)
Photo Credit: Charley Pride/ charleypride.com

Pride earned his first number one song on the chart with this single. In the history of music, Pride was the third African-American to reach number one on the chart. In addition, it took twenty-five years before another African- American reached the top of the country chart. His single has also crossed over to the pop chart at number ninety-one.

Another No. 1 for Charley Pride

After Pride reached number one for the first time, he followed it up with another number one song, “(I’m So) Afraid of Losing You Again” that same year.

Music Producers

Pride’s single was produced by notable producers, Chet Akins, Jack Clement, Bob Ferguson, and Felton Jarvis.

The Song’s Content

“All I Have to Offer You (Is Me)” tells the story of a man who informs his wife-to-be that he has nothing else to offer her. He has a limited living and can’t give her all the richness in the world, but his love and his time. This single shows us what true love is all about because you cannot measure love with anything. Love can never be replaced by money or gold.

“There’ll be no mansion waiting on the hill with crystal chandeliers
And there’ll be no fancy clothes for you to wear
Everything I have is standing here in front of you to see
All I have to offer you is me”

Check out this beautiful love song that helped Pride reach number one.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szV2VF-LmeU

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