Known for his 1979 hit ‘The Devil Went Down To Georgia’, legendary country musician Charlie Daniels has died at the age of 83.
Stated in a press release from his representatives, Charlie Daniels passed away at the Summit Medical Center in Hermitage, Tennessee following a hemorrhagic stroke.
The legendary musician’s career spanned across an incredible 62 years, where he was not only inducted into the Country Music Hall Of Fame, but was also a member of the Grand Ole Opry, and had a slew of coveted awards to his name, including a Grammy Award, as well as a Dove Award.
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Nashville, Tenn. (July 6, 2020) — Country music and southern rock legend Charlie Daniels has passed. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry member died this morning at Summit Medical Center in Hermitage, Tennessee. Doctors determined the cause of death was a hemorrhagic stroke. He was 83. Funeral arrangements will be announced in the coming days. About Charlie Daniels From his Dove Award-winning gospel albums to his genre-defining southern rock anthems and his CMA Award-winning country hits, 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. The Charlie Daniels Band has long populated radio with memorable hits and his signature song, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.” Over the course of his career, Daniels received numerous accolades, including his induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Musicians Hall of Fame and becoming a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Daniels helped to shine the spotlight on the many causes that are close to his heart. He was a staunch supporter of the military and gave his time and talent to numerous charitable organizations, including The Journey Home Project, that he founded in 2014 with his manager, David Corlew, to help veterans of the United States Armed Forces. For more information, visit charliedaniels.com. – TeamCDB/BW #rip #ripcharlie #ripcharliedaniels #letsallmakethedaycount #cdb #charliedaniels #charliedanielsband #thecharliedanielsband #fiddle #opry #grandoleopry #country #countrymusic #countrymusichalloffame #classiccountry #classicrock #southernrock
His claim to fame stemmed from his 1979 hit titled ‘The Devil Went Down To Georgia,’ a riveting tune that tells the tale of a boy name Johnny challenging the devil himself to a contest of fiddle-playing.
The original version of the song went quite well on the Hot Country Singles charts in it’s debut year, reaching and holding onto the number one position for an entire week, before peaking at number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Amidst an absolutely massive discography including multiple studio albums, singles, Christmas albums, and compilations, Charlie Daniels was also featured in a fair few films across the decades, mainly starring as himself.
“Few artists have left a more indelible mark on America’s musical landscape than Charlie Daniels,” the statement from the representatives of Charlie Daniels reads. “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.”