Our condolences are going out to the Daniels family as we learn that the legendary country star, Charlie Daniels, passed away at the age of 83.
The press release reveals that Charlie died Monday morning (July 5) “at Summit Medical Center in Hermitage, Tennessee. Doctors determined the cause of death was a hemorrhagic stroke.”
Charlie began his career in the 60’s as a songwriter and a session musician, which included playing guitar and electric bass on three Bob Dylan albums during 1969 and 1970.
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He then took the road as an artist, releasing his self-titled debut album in 1971. He remained a musician during this time, playing fiddle on the Marshall Tucker Band’s early albums. He also played played fiddle on Hank Williams, Jr.’s 1975 album Hank Williams, Jr. and Friends.
After forming the Charlie Daniels band, Charlie became a genre-defining southern rock artist earning his first Grammy in 1979 for Best Country Vocal Performance of “The Devil Went Down to Georgia”, which reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in September 1979. The song became a crossover hit after being included on the soundtrack for the hit movie Urban Cowboy.
Charlie married his wife, Hazel, on September 20, 1964 and they have one son together, Charlie Daniels, Jr.
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 “Devil Went Down to Georgia” singer released over thirty albums in his career, with his latest coming in 2018 after partnering with producer James Stroud on Beau Weevils – Songs in the Key of E.
Following the release of his latest album, he has also released an new inspirational book called “Let’s All Make the Day Count: The Everyday Wisdom of Charlie Daniels.” The inspirational book, offers life lessons and words of wisdom from Charlie himself.
Funeral arrangements for the legendary singer will be announced in the coming days.
Our hearts go out to Hazel and the Daniels family at this time.