Charlie Daniels Wiki – Biography
Charlie Daniels (born Charles Edward Daniels) was an American singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. He was best known for the Charlie Daniels Band hit “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.”
Charlie began his career playing bluegrass music with the Misty Mountain Boys. After moving to Nashville in 1967, he began making a name for himself as a songwriter, session musician and producer. Elvis Presley recorded a tune Charlie co-wrote titled “It Hurts Me,” which was released on the flip side of “Kissin’ Cousins.” He played on such landmark albums as Bob Dylan’s Nashville Skyline and tried his hand at producing on the Youngbloods’ Elephant Mountain and Ride the Wind.
Charlie recorded his self-titled solo album in 1970 for Capitol Records. Two years later he formed the Charlie Daniels Band and the group scored its first hit with the top ten “Uneasy Rider.” Since then the CDB has populated radio with such memorable hits as “Long Haired Country Boy,” “The South’s Gonna Do It Again,” “In America,” “The Legend of Wooley Swamp” and of course, his signature song, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” which won a Grammy for Best Country Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group in 1979 as well as single of the year at the Country Music Association Awards.
In 1994 he released his first Christian album, The Door, on Sparrow Records. The album won the Gospel Music Association’s Dove Award for Best Country Album and “Two Out of Three” was named video of the year by the Christian Country Music Association. In 1997, Sony Wonder released Charlie’s first children’s album, “By The Light of The Moon: Campfire Songs and Cowboy Tunes’.
Charlie launched Blue Hat Records in 1997 with his longtime personal manager David Corlew. The label has released such memorable albums as Blues Hat, Tailgate Party, Road Dogs, Fiddle Fire: 25 Years of the Charlie Daniels Band and his first bluegrass album 2005’s Songs From the Longleaf Pines and 2007’s album Deuces, featuring duets with Brad Paisley, Gretchen Wilson, Bonnie Bramlett, Travis Tritt, Dolly Parton, Vince Gill, Brenda Lee and Darius Rucker.
During his career, Charlie received numerous accolades, including induction into the Grand Ole Opry and Musicians Hall of Fame. He’s been presented the Pioneer Award by the Academy of Country Music and was honored as a BMI Icon in recognition of his songwriting. He’s received a star on the Music City Walk of Fame.
In 2014, Charlie Daniels with David Corlew founded The Journey Home Project, a 501(c)(3) non-profit co-founded by Daniels and manager, David Corlew, to help Veterans of the United States Armed Forces.
Charlie Daniels Age
Charlie Daniels was 83 years old. He was born on October 28, 1936, in Wilmington, North Carolina, United States as Charles Edward Daniels. He died on July 6, 2020, in Nashville, Tennessee.
Charlie Daniels was married to his wife Hazel Daniels from September 20, 1964, until his death on July 6, 2020.
Charlie Daniels and his wife, Hazel Daniels, have a son, Charlie Daniels, Jr.
Charlie Daniels is survived by his wife, Hazel Daniels, and their son Charlie Daniels Jr.
Charlie Daniels Death
Charlie Daniels died at Summit Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, on July 6, 2020, at age 83. His death was confirmed in a statement on his official website. The statement said: “Country music and southern rock legend Charlie Daniels has passed. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry member died this morning [July 6, 2020] at Summit Medical Center in Hermitage, Tennessee. Doctors determined the cause of death was a hemorrhagic stroke. He was 83.”
Travis Tritt paid tribute to Charlie Daniels in an Instagram Post. He wrote: “My heart is crushed today after hearing that my dear friend Charlie Daniels has passed away. Charlie was the first legendary artist to take me under his wing and encourage me when I was first getting started in the business. He was always there for me when I needed him. I have so many great memories of touring, performing, writing and recording with Charlie, but my favorite memories are of simply talking with the man when it was just the two of us alone. Farewell dear friend until we meet again. Thank you for being such a friend, mentor and inspiration to me. I will always be grateful. My deepest condolences go out to the Daniels family, friends and fans.”
Sarah Trahern, CEO of the Country Music Association, said in a statement: “There are few artists that touched so many different generations in our business than Charlie Daniels did. Today, our community has lost an innovator and advocate of Country Music. Both Charlie and Hazel had become dear friends of mine over the last several years, and I was privileged to be able to celebrate Charlie’s induction into the Opry as well as tell him that he was going to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.”
Cause of Death
Daniels’ cause of death was a hemorrhagic stroke.
Daniels’ net worth was estimated to be $20 million.