The Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry member Charlie Daniels died on July 6, 2020, in the wake of suffering a stroke. He was a pioneering country and Southern rock musician known for “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.” He is survived by his wife, Hazel, and his son, Charlie Daniels Jr.
- Charlie Daniels, born as Charles Edward Daniels on October 28, 1936, in Wilmington, North Carolina. Daniels was married to Hazel Daniels from 1963 until his demise. They had a child, Charlie Daniels, Jr., and three grandchildren.
2. Charles Edward “Charlie” Daniels was an American country singer-songwriter and musician.
3. He played fiddle and country-rock music. His most popular melody was “The Devil Went Down to Georgia”.
4. He wanted to be a professional musician, Daniels formed a rock ‘n’ roll band called the Jaguars in 1959. He composed songs and the band played, however, he was unable to discover the achievement he looked for.
5. In 1964, he co-wrote a song ‘It Hurts me’ with Joy Byers. It was recorded by Elvis Presley and put on the b-side of his album ‘Kissin Cousins’.
6. Charlie Daniels started work as a session musician in 1967, often working for producer Bob Johnson. He played the electric bass and fiddle for many stars like Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr, and Marty Robbins. He played bass on several of Bob Dylan’s albums.
7. In 1970, he formed the ‘Charlie Daniels band’ and recorded his first solo album, oneself named ‘Charlie Daniels’ in 1971. In 1972, the band recorded an album named after the nicknames of the band members, ‘Te John, Grease and Wolfman.’
8. Charlie Daniels’ first significant work was his 1974 album ‘Fire on the Mountain’; the album was affirmed Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). It included songs like ‘Long-haired country boy’ and ‘Orange Blossom Special’.
9. The multi-platinum album ‘Million Mile Reflections’ was released in 1979. It is most popular for the hit single ‘The Devil went down to Georgia’. Daniels committed the album to an individual musician, Ronnie Van Zant who had passed on in 1977.
10. Charlie Daniels got the Grammy Award for Best Country Vocal Performance in 1979 for his song ‘The Devil Went Down to Georgia.’ This melody is, to date, his best one is as yet played on rock ‘n’ roll radio stations in the US.
11. His platinum album ‘Full Moon’ in 1980 created two hit singles, ‘In America’ and ‘The Legend of Wooley Swamp’. The band devoted the album to musician Tommy Caldwell who had died that year.
12. His 1989 album ‘Simple Man’ was the most questionable of every one of his works. Numerous audience members were shocked by the lyrics of some of his songs and he was asked a clarification. Nevertheless, the album proceeded to become platinum-certified.
13. The 1996 album ‘Amazing Grace: A Country Salute to Gospel’ recorded by the Charlie Daniels Band won The Grammy Award for Best Southern, Country, or Bluegrass Gospel Album.
14. Daniels, alongside his manager David Corlew began his independent record name Blue Hat Records in 1997 and recorded an album by a similar name.
15. He got the Pioneer Award in 1998 from the Academy of Country Music Awards. Previous US presidents Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford paid tribute to the country singer at the awards ceremony.
16. Charlie Daniels was announced a Living Legend by the Nashville Network in 1999 and drafted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame, a non-profit association that respects musicians with ties to North Carolina.
17. Over the first decade of the new thousand years, the band released albums as ‘Road Dogs’ in 2000, ‘Songs from the Longleaf Pines’ in 2005, and ‘Deuces’ in 2007.
18. Charlie Daniels was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, a weekly country music stage concert that presents the greatest stars of the genre, in 2008. Membership in the Opry is viewed as one of the most prestigious accomplishments for country musicians.
19. Charlie Daniels was honored into the Cheyenne Frontier Days Hall of Fame in 2002, the Grand Ole Opry in 2008, the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in 2009, and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2016.
20. Charlie Daniels died from a stroke on July 6, 2020, in Nashville, Tennessee at 83 years old.