A Rockapaedia Obituary
Charlie Daniels died aged eighty-three of a hemorrhagic stroke on sixth July, 2020, at Summit Medical Center in Hermitage, TN. Charlie was survived by his wife, Hazel and their son, Charles Edward. Charlie, a sports fan, enjoyed hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, and other outdoor activities and was a member of the American National Rifle Association and performed on their videos.
Charlie Daniels was born 28th of October, 1936, in Wilmington, North Carolina, United States of America and raised on a musical diet that included Pentecostal gospel, local bluegrass bands, and the rhythm & blues and country music from Nashville's 50,000-watt AM radio stations WLAC and WSM. As a teenager, Charlie moved to the small town of Gulf, Chatham County, North Carolina. where he graduated from high school in 1955. Already skilled on guitar, fiddle, banjo, and mandolin, he formed a rock 'n' roll band and then went on the road with them.
Charlie recorded his first solo album, "Charlie Daniels", in 1971 . His first hit, the novelty song "Uneasy Rider", was from his 1973 third album, "Honey in the Rock", which reached number nine on the American Billboard Hot 100.
Charlie Daniels played fiddle on many of the Marshall Tucker Band's early albums: A New Life, Where We All Belong, Searchin' for a Rainbow, Long Hard Ride, and Carolina Dreams. Charlie can be heard on the live portion of the album Where We All Belong, recorded in Milwaukee during the July of 1974.
Charlie won the Grammy Award for Best Country Vocal Performance in 1979 for "The Devil Went Down to Georgia", which reached Number three on the American Billboard Hot 100 in that September. The following year, the song became a major crossover success on rock radio stations after its inclusion on the soundtrack for the hit movie Urban Cowboy, in which he makes an onscreen appearance. The song still receives regular airplay on U.S. classic rock and country stations. A hard rock/heavy metal cover version of the song is included in the video game Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock as the final guitar battle against the last boss (Lou, the devil). Charlie Daniels openly stated his opposition to the metal cover and the devil winning occasionally in the game.
In 1993, Charlie Daniels teamed up with fiddler Mark O'Connor to record a sequel to "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" titled "The Devil Came Back to Georgia". Charlie played the fiddle alongside O'Connor, while Johnny Cash, Marty Stuart, and Travis Tritt sing the lyrics. The song is on Mark O'Connor's album 'Heroe's.
Charlie Daniels's distinctive speaking voice is used in the 1999 musical The Civil War. He is featured in the prologue and "In Great Deeds". Charlie was inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame in 1999.
In the year 2000, Charlie composed and performed the score for the feature film 'Across the Line'. On eighteenth of October, 2005, Charlie Daniels was honored as a BMI Icon at the 53rd annual BMI Country Awards. Charlie Daniels's songwriting garnered six BMI Country Awards during his music career; the first award coming in 1976 for "The South's Gonna Do It Again".
In November 2007, Charlie Daniels was invited to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
During October, 2018, Charlie Daniels released a new album with a side project called 'Beau Weevils', with the Charlie Charlie Daniels Band. The album is titled Songs in the Key of E. In November, 2018, Charlie Daniels also released a book of daily inspirational quotes and stories entitled 'Let's All Make the Day Count'.
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