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Charlie Daniels

Biography

Charles Edward Daniels (28 October 1936, Wilmington, N.C. – 6 July 2020, Hermitage, Tenn.) was an American singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.

Daniels was 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, Daniels moved to the small town of Gulf, Chatham County, North Carolina. He graduated from high school in 1955. Already skilled on guitar, fiddle, banjo, and mandolin, he formed a rock 'n' roll band and hit the road.

Daniels known for his contributions to Southern rock, country, and bluegrass music. He was best known for his number-one country hit The Devil Went Down to Georgia. Much of his output, including all but one of his eight Billboard Hot 100 charting singles, was credited to the Charlie Daniels Band.

Daniels was active as a singer and musician from the 1950s until his death. He was inducted into the Cheyenne Frontier Days Hall of Fame in 2002, the Grand Ole Opry in 2008, the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in 2009, and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2016.


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