Charlie Daniels, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame best known for “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” and southern rock legend died Monday morning after suffering a hemorrhagic stroke.
The Grand Ole Opry member and Country Music Hall of Famer was 83.
His publicist, Don Murry Grubbs led the news out. CD is survived by his wife, Hazel, and son Charlie Daniels Jr.
The singer and instrumentalist had long established a remarkable, multifaceted career in “Music City” before he and his band could reach the top of the charts with “Devil” in 1979. As a session musician, he played on three of Bob Dylan’s albums – including the revolutionary “Nashville Skyline” – as well as recordings for Ringo Starr and Leonard Cohen.
On the other hand with a 60-plus year career, Daniels has raised hundreds of thousands for veterans over the years and established a Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center at Middle Tennessee State University. Daniels used more of his voice in support of U.S. veterans and was known to speak out on their behalf on social media until his final days.
In 1974, he launched the first “Volunteer Jam,” a regular all-star concert that has continued for nearly 50 years. Daniels joined the Grand Ole Opry in 2008, and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2016.
Upon its release in 1979, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” didn’t just top the country chart, it became a huge pop crossover hit – climbing up to No. 3 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart behind The Knack’s “My Sharona” and Earth Wind and Fire’s “After the Love Has Gone.” It gained even greater ubiquity one year later, when Daniels and his band performed it in the 1980 film “Urban Cowboy.”
Daniels was also a Nashville Predators supporter.
The Nashville Predators are a professional ice hockey team based in Nashville, Tennessee. They compete in the National Hockey League as a member of the Central Division of the Western Conference.
Daniels raised money each year with his “Volunteer Jam” in Nashville. He was set to perform Feb. 22, 2021 after his initial concert date in September got pushed back. The Charlie Daniels Band performed the first Volunteer Jam on October 4, 1974, at the War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville, marking the beginning of a tradition.
“I get a chance to play it better tonight than I did last night and better tomorrow night than I did tonight,” Daniels said in 2016 of the song’s famous fiddle solo. “I haven’t played it perfectly yet. I am in love with walking on stage and entertaining people with songs I have written. It’s one of the few times in my life that I feel like I know what I’m doing.”
The Butternuts also known as Tenneseans have lost a great legend today.
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