Country Music Hall of Fame Icon Charlie Daniels Passes Away at 83 After Suffering Hemorrhagic Stroke (May He Rest in Peace)


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Iconic country singer/songwriter Charlie Daniels has died at the age of 83, it was confirmed on Monday by the Country Music Hall of Famer’s family. The full statement, announcing that Daniels passed after suffering a hemorrhagic stroke:

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.

“The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” written and performed by the Charlie Daniels Band on its 1979 album Million Mile Reflections, is Daniels’ signature song, reaching No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and becoming something of a modern standard:

After Daniels moved to Nashville in 1967, his music career blossomed. Per Rolling Stone‘s look back at his life and times:

He soon began a steady stream of session work, playing fiddle, bass, and guitar on Leonard Cohen’s 1969 LP Songs From a Room and its 1971 follow-up Songs of Love and Hate, and appearing on recordings by Marty Robbins, Pete Seeger, Flatts & Scruggs, and Claude King. But it was Bob Dylan who would give him his biggest boost.

In 1969, he joined Johnston in the studio to record Dylan’s Nashville Skyline. Although initially admonished for playing too loudly in the sessions, Daniels would appear on three consecutive Dylan albums and also play on Ringo Starr’s 1970 post-Beatles foray into country, Beaucoups of Blues, produced by Pete Drake. During this period, Daniels had his songs cut by Barbara Mandrell and Tammy Wynette, and himself began to work as a producer, overseeing projects by Gary and Randy Scruggs and the Youngbloods.

Daniels was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2016.

Rest in peace, Charlie Daniels.


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