Legendary Country Singer Charlie Daniels Dead at 83

Country music Grammy Award-winning superstar singer, guitarist, and fiddler Charlie Daniels has died at 83. Daniel’s biggest hit was “Devil Went Down to Georgia.”

In a statement released from his longtime publicist, Don Murry Grubbs, the Country Music Hall of Famer died Monday, July 6, at Summit Medical Center in Hermitage, Tennessee. It was reported that Daniels had suffered a stoke on Sunday morning.

Daniels, whose accomplished career in music spans over 60 years, had continued on a steady touring schedule even though he suffered a mild stroke in January 2010 which required a pacemaker to be implanted in 2013. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Daniels pushed back several 2020 tour dates, and he and the Charlie Daniels Band were scheduled to resume their tour on August 1 with a stop at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Castle Rock, CO. The last live performance (with fans in attendance) with The Charlie Daniels Band was on March 7, 2020, at Seminole Casino Hotel in Immokalee, FL.

Charlie Daniels performing in 2018 at Gator Jam, Miami, Florida – Photo: Rick Munroe MFN

It wasn’t until 2002 that he obtained formal recognition for his storied career when Daniels was inducted into the Cheyenne Frontier Days Hall of Fame, the Grand Ole Opry in 2008, the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in 2009, and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2016.

Daniels released a total of 30 studio albums starting in 1970 with his self-titled album Charlie Daniels. His other works included four successful Christmas and compilation albums. He reached his highest commercial success in 1979 with “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” that charted at #1 from the Million Mile Reflections album.

Daniels leaves behind his wife Hazel, whom he met while performing in Tulsa in 1963. They married in 1964 and remained together for 56 years until his passing. Together the have one son, Charlie Daniels, Jr.

 

The Charlie Daniels Band performing in 2018 in Miami, Florida – Photo: Rick Munroe MFN

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