Charlie Daniels, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, better known for “The devil went to Georgia”, died Monday morning after suffering a bleeding stroke. He was 83 years old.
Daniels’ death was confirmed by his publicist, Don Murry Grubbs. He survived his wife Hazel and son Charlie Daniels Jr.
When the Charlie Daniels Band hit the charts with “Devil” in 1979, the instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter had long established an extraordinary and multifaceted career in Music City. As a session musician, he has played on three of Bob Dylan’s albums – including the revolutionary “Nashville Skyline” – as well as recordings for Ringo Starr and Leonard Cohen.
At the other end of that 60-plus career, Daniels used more of his voice to support U.S. veterans, and he was known to speak on his behalf on social media until his last days.
In 1974, he launched the first “Volunteer Jam”, a regular star concert that continued for almost 50 years. Daniels joined the Grand Ole Opry in 2008 and was included in the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2016.
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Charlie Daniels performs at Grand Ole Opry House on Tuesday 15 October 2019. Daniels died on Monday at the age of 83, confirmed his publicist. (Photo: Alan Poizner / For The Tennessean)
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