I first heard Charley Pride’s “All His Children” as the song that played during the opening credits of “Sometimes A Great Notion,” film from 1970 about a family of loggers in Oregon. That old movie may have been all the way up in Pacific Northwest, but Charley Pride is all the way down in Mississippi.
Beyond this song’s obvious symbolism, its pertinence to the racial struggles of the 1960s might be a little more subtle. Charley Pride was basically the only black mainstream country singer of his day, and to have have this man singing that we’re “all His children” and that we’re all “a part of the family of man” can’t be ignored. Even beyond that, setting politics aside . . . it’s such a good song.