Country Rocker and Musical Legend Charlie Daniels Dies at 83
Country music legend Charlie Daniels has died at age 83 after suffering a hemorrhagic stroke in Hermitage, Tennessee. The singer-songwriter, instrumentalist and storyteller’s No.1 hit “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” earned a Grammy and CMA Award for Single of the Year in 1979. Daniels’ publicist confirmed his death on Monday, July 6. He is survived by his wife, Hazel, and son, Charlie Daniels Jr.
Daniels’ career landed him in the Grand Ole Opry in 2008 and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2016. He appeared on three of Bob Dylan’s albums – he’s credited on “Nashville Skyline” – and tracks for Ringo Starr and Leonard Cohen, as well as Elvis Presley’s “It Hurts Me.”
Daniels sat down with South Magazine in 2017 ahead of his performance in Savannah, Georgia to discuss the outstanding moments of his career and heart of his craft. To the success behind “Devil” and the art of storytelling, Daniels urged, “Let it come out... Whatever is trying to come out, let it out. It’s a little unorthodox but that’s how I do it.” It was Daniels' flare and innovation that attracted inter-genre listeners and admirers from accross the music industry to his fiddle-laced tunes.
As an adamant supporter of the military, Daniels was passionate about giving back and offering his support to those who make the ultimate sacrifice for our country. He contributed to many charitable organizations and co-founded The Journey Home Project with his manager, David Corlew, in 2014 to help veterans of the United States Armed Forces.
According to a statement from Daniels’ representatives, “Few artists have left a more indelible mark on America's musical landscape than Charlie Daniels. An outspoken patriot, beloved mentor, and a true road warrior, Daniels parlayed his passion for music into a multi-platinum career and a platform to support the military, underprivileged children, and others in need.” Over the course of his extensive career, he toured with his five-piece band playing up to 250 shows a year – including venues like the White House, the Super Bowl and audiences of troops in the Middle East.
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