Southern rock and country legend, Charlie Daniels died yesterday, July 6. He suffered a hemorrhagic stroke and died at Summit Medical Center, not far from his home in Mount Juliet, TN. (Just outside of Nashville.)
With hits like “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” “Long Haired Country Boy,” and “The Legend of Wooley Swamp,” his lifetime record sales exceeded 13.5 million unils
- Southern rock and country legend, Charlie Daniels died yesterday, July 6. He was 83 and suffered a hemorrhagic stroke and died at Summit Medical Center, not far from his home in Mount Juliet, TN. (Just outside of Nashville.)
- Over the course of his career, he charted on Rock, Pop, Country, and Gospel charts. In 1974 he launched his Volunteer Jam.
- The singer, songwriter, fiddle player was a member of the Musicians Hall of Fame, Country Music Hall of Fame, and the Grand Ole Opry.
- Charlie Daniels was born 1936 in Wilmington, NC, steeped in musical traditions ranging from folk and bluegrass to gospel, country and rock, Daniels was a pioneer in introducing southern rock sounds into mainstream Country Music. In the process, he widened Country’s popularity by bringing millions of young people to a greater appreciation of their Country Music heritage, established musical alliances with a wide variety of artists in Country and other music fields, and helped take Country to deeper levels of American culture. Critical to this achievement was his session work on Bob Dylan albums recorded in Nashville in the 1960s, including Nashville Skyline. Daniels also supported Ringo Starr on Starr’s Beaucoups of Blues. “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” and the Charlie Daniels Band were featured in the landmark film “Urban Cowboy” in 1980, a movie that helped ignite a boom in Country Music’s popularity and widened its audience across the nation.
- Volunteer Jams have included such artists as Steppenwolf, Don Henley, Ray Price, Roy Acuff, Bill Monroe, Alabama, Vince Gill, and Tammy Wynette have shared bills with acts as diverse as Ted Nugent, B.B. King, James Brown, Billy Joel, Eugene Fodor, Little Richard. The Volunteer Jam Tour, including The Charlie Daniels Band, The Outlaws, and The Marshall Tucker Band toured the United States in 2007.
- “The Devil Went Down To Georgia” was a cross over hit and went to #3 on the Billboard Top 40 in 1979 and to #1 on the Country music chart. It was the CMA Single of the Year in 1979 and earned the Charlie Daniels Band a Grammy for Best Country Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group.
- Daniels’ charity work was extensive. Cancer research, muscular dystrophy research, physically and mentally challenged individuals, children, farmers, and the armed forces have benefited from his efforts. His charity Christmas concert benefiting children became a Nashville holiday institution. In recognition of his “unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers,” Daniels was honored as a BMI Icon in 2005.
- Daniels was also named CMA Instrumentalist of the Year in 1979. The Charlie Daniels Band won CMA Instrumental Group of the Year in 1979 and 1980, marking a total of four CMA Awards throughout his career.
- Daniels became a Grand Ole Opry cast member in 2008 and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2016.
His albums, Super Hits went double Platinum, Million Mile Reflection went triple Platinum, and A Decade of Hits went quadruple Platinum.
- Charlie Daniels is survived by his wife of 56 years, Hazel, and their son Charlie Jr.
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