Country Rocker And Fiddler Charlie Daniels, Best Known For “The Devil Went Down To Georgia,” Dies At 83 – Country music scribe Charlie Daniels, best known for his monster 1979 hit “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” has died on Monday in Nashville. He was 83.
Country Rocker And Fiddler Charlie Daniels, Best Known For “The Devil Went Down To Georgia,” Dies At 83 | Cause Of Death:
Country music firebrand and fiddler Charlie Daniels, died Monday morning after suffering a hemorrhagic stroke. He was 83.
A statement from his publicist said the Country Music Hall of Famer died Monday at Summit Medical Center in Hermitage, Tennessee, after doctors said he had a stroke.
Country Rocker had suffered what was described as a mild stroke in January 2010 and had a heart pacemaker implanted in 2013 but continued to perform.
Daniels was successfully treated for prostate cancer in 2001. He was rushed to the hospital after suffering a stroke while snowmobiling in Colorado, on January 15, 2010 and was released two days later.
Daniels, a Country Music Hall of Fame inductee and Grand Ole Opry alumnus, was born Oct. 28, 1936, in Wilmington, North Carolina. He moved Nashville and played on records with music titans Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and Ringo Starr.
Charlie Daniels first made his mark as a session musician. In the late 1960s and early ‘1970s he played guitar, bass, fiddle and banjo on Nashville recordings by Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr and Leonard Cohen. He played himself in the 1980 John Travolta movie “Urban Cowboy” and was closely identified with the rise of country music generated by that film.
Some of his other hits were “Drinkin’ My Baby Goodbye,” “Boogie Woogie Fiddle Country Blues” and “Uneasy Rider,” a talking bluegrass number that reached the pop Top 10 in 1973, and “Long Haired Country Boy,” from 1975, unabashedly extolled the virtues of free speech and marijuana.
Charlie Daniels also produced albums for the Youngbloods, including the group’s 1969 folk-rock touchstone, “Elephant Mountain,” during this period.
Country Music Star Charlie Daniels Died After Suffering A Stroke:
Charlie Daniels is best remembered for “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” his folk tale, set in a talking blues style, about a fiddling contest with Old Nick. The single climbed to No. 1 on the country chart and crossed over to No. 3 on the pop side in 1979, selling 1 million copies.
Daniels scored further pop hits with the patriotic “In America” (No. 11, 1980) and a musing look back at the Vietnam War, “Still in Saigon” (No. 22, 1982). Those singles lofted Charlie Daniels’ albums “Full Moon’ (1980) and “Windows” (1982) to No. 5 and No. 7 on the country albums charts, with the former collection reaching No. 11 on the pop side. His last top-20 country single, “Simple Man,” peaked at No. 12 in 1989.
Charlie Daniels’ later singles – “America I Believe in You,” “This Ain’t No Rag, It’s a Flag,” “My Beautiful America,” “The Pledge of Allegiance” – reflected an increasing tendency to wave the flag.
He performed at White House, at the Super Bowl, throughout Europe and often for troops in the Middle East.
In 2008, Charlie Daniels was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, nearly 40 years into his professional career and he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2016.
In 2014, Daniels co-founded the Journey Home Project, which connects veterans with nonprofits for health care, education and career resources.
Daniels’ last musical project was in collaboration with the Beau Weevils on an album that added a contemporary twist to Daniels’ retro Southern rock. He performed in a “quarantine edition” of a song off that album, “Geechi Geechi Ya Ya Blues,” just last month.
In 2017 Daniels published his memoir Never Look at the Empty Seats and followed up with Let’s All Make the Day Count: The Everyday Wisdom of Charlie Daniels in 2018.
Charlie Daniels is survived by his wife, Hazel, and son, Charlie Daniels, Jr.