The Devil nay have gone down to Georgia, but Country music star and Hall of Famer Charlie Daniels is surely on his way to heaven.
The fiddle playing star died July 6, 2020 in a Hermitage, Tennessee hospital as the result of a stroke at the age of 83
Daniels had a mild stroke in 2010 and had a pacemaker implanted in 2013.
Daniels began his musical career as a session player. A multi instrumentalist who could play the fiddle, guitar, banjo, and mandolin; as well as, sing, Daniels lent his talents to a number of stars including Bob Dylan, Marty Robbins, Claude King, Flatt & Scruggs, Pete Seeger, Leonard Cohen, Al Kooper and Ringo Starr.
In the seventies, he put together his own band and has toured the world many times over. In the early years, it was not uncommon for the Charlie Daniels Band to perform 250 concerts in a single year including numerous shows for the troops. His list of performances include the White House and the Super Bowl.
Like many Country stars, Daniels also performed Gospel music and even earned a Dove Award for his music.
When musicians gather, the music is all that matters and a jam session will happen in short order. Daniels would regularly hold a Volunteer Jam in Nashville that has included some heavy hitters in the music world including Don Henley, Amy Grant, James Brown, Pat Boone, Bill Monroe, Willie Nelson, Vince Gill, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Alabama, Billy Joel, Little Richard, B.B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eugene Fodor and Woody Herman.
His biggest hit, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” topped both the Country and Pop music charts and win Daniels several awards.
Daniels also owns a handful of acting credits which include the film “Urban Cowboy”, “Trunkfest”, “King of the Hill”, “Murder, She Wrote”, and “Wheels of Justice”.
He also appeared on numerous documentaries, music shows, awards shows, variety shows, game shows, and the annual Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon.
His accomplishments include being a member of the Grand Ole Opry, a Grammy Award, a Canadian Country Music Award, Dove Awards, Academy of Country Music Awards, Country Music Association Awards, and is a member of the Country Music and Musicians Halls of Fame.
Charles Edward Daniels was born on October 28, 1936 in Wilmington, North Carolina.
Daniels is survived by his wife of 56 years, Hazel and son Charlie Jr.
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