The acclaimed Country Music Hall of Famer and Grand Ole Opry member died at the Summit Medical Center in Hermitage, Tennesse.
Country Music legend Charlie Daniels died on Monday of a hemorrhagic stroke. The singer, best known for his 1979 hit, The Devil Went Down to Georgia, was 83. According to Fox News, a press release from his representatives stated that the acclaimed Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry member died at the Summit Medical Center in Hermitage, Tennesse, where his cause of death was determined by the doctors. Daniels, who had a pacemaker inserted in 2013, is survived by his wife Hazel and son Charlie Daniels, Jr, reports PEOPLE. His career has been a huge success.
While he started singing and writing songs professionally in the '50s, he found success as a co-writer of Elvis Presley's 1964 hit, It Hurts Me. In 1970, he released his first solo album. Two years later, he formed his own band. Since then, his five-piece band has toured endlessly, sometimes performing up to 250 shows in one year. “I can ask people where they are from, and if they say `Waukegan,′ I can say I’ve played there. If they say `Baton Rouge,′ I can say I’ve played there. There’s not a city we haven’t played in,” Daniels said in 1998.
The first time I saw Charlie Daniels perform was circa 1981 backing up the Marshall Tucker Band. Charlie was phenomenal and played his fiddle behind his back. He was so good the crowd called for an encore after the main performance finished. Rest in peace my friend.— Brent Bozell (@BrentBozell) July 7, 2020
“Few artists have left a more indelible mark on America's musical landscape than Charlie Daniels. 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,” a statement from Daniels’ representatives reads. Apart from music, there were a lot of other causes that Daniels was passionate about. In 2014, he founded The Journey Home Project to help veterans. "My manager, myself, and some other people started this Journey Home Project to help — we've come to find out there is a great need for assistance by veterans who are returning from their service."
Heartbroken from the news of my friend @CharlieDaniels passing this morning. Heaven's gate opened wide as that golden fiddle was laid in his hands. So much respect for Charlie. The musician, the songwriter but mostly, the man. You will be missed. God bless your life & legacy. pic.twitter.com/jtgYsdOX6q— Tracy Lawrence (@tracy_lawrence) July 6, 2020
"Most of the people that we deal with haven't gotten that," Daniels told Fox News in 2019. "We all know the agencies that are tasked with helping our military people are bureaucracies that, by nature, grind slow," Daniels added at the time. "So there are immediate needs and slow bureaucracies, and we kind of step in and try to help out." Daniels also worked closely with 'The Jason Foundation', a Nashville-based nonprofit started by a father who had lost his teen son to suicide. However, back in 2017. Daniels said that he was against Confederate statues being removed all over the country. “You don’t have to condone what happened in the Civil War. We all know what it was fought for. But they are statues of people that are a part of our history,” he said, as per PEOPLE.
Our friend @CharlieDaniels has gone to sing in the heavenly choir. Thank you Mr. Daniels for rocking our souls with your passion for music God and Country. No doubt the fiddle playing is going into another gear on God's celestial shore. Love and respect. #RIPCharlieDaniels pic.twitter.com/TLNordxGT3— Big Kenny Alphin (@BigKennyTV) July 6, 2020
“There are people who were part of our history who were not very savory characters. But Robert E. Lee, for instance, was one of the most honorable people in our history. If you don’t like it, don’t look at it,” he added. “I walk past movie posters I don’t like. There’s all kinds of symbolism in this country that I don’t like, but I’m not going to go tear them down. I just don’t look at them. They’re not standing there talking. These statues aren’t preaching or shouting out some kind of crazy epithets or something. They’re just sitting there. So just turn around and don’t look at them.”
Rest In Peace Charlie Daniels, my fellow North Carolinian. I was honored to receive NC's Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award from you backstage at the Opry in 2017. Thank you for your sharing your talent and your kindness with all of us. pic.twitter.com/FImllzA9NY— Scotty McCreery (@ScottyMcCreery) July 6, 2020
Funeral arrangements are expected to be announced in a few days. In the meantime, several celebrities took to social media to pay tribute to the late country singer. Loretta Lyn wrote: Country music will never be the same. Charlie was a heck of an artist. I can’t even begin to count the number of times we worked together. He was so much fun! He was always such a good friend to me and I loved him. We’re all going to miss him so much. Billy Ray Cyrusadded: This #[email protected] was at the core of my roots & influences in music. We recorded "Just As I Am" together for his Grammy winnin Gospel Album. "Oh lamb of God I come...I come" sings the hymn. An honor to call him my friend. Fiddle’s gonna be roarin in heaven tonight #RIP.