Charlie Daniels, the country singer best known for his 1979 song ‘The Devil Went Down To Georgia’, has died aged 83.
His death was confirmed by his publicist, who said that the Country Music Hall of Fame member died earlier today (July 6) after suffering a haemorrhagic stroke.
In January 2010, Daniels suffered a mild stroke and later had a pacemaker implanted in 2013, but continued to perform.
“Oh man, sad to hear about Charlie Daniels passing,” country megastar Tim McGraw said, paying tribute to Daniels. “I grew up on his music… brilliant songs and smokin’ records. And always, without fail, every time I had the pleasure of being around him, he was one of most genuine, kind and thoughtful folks I’ve ever run across.”
The word "legend" gets tossed around so easily these days, but not in this case… he was #BeyondLegendary. This is one of my absolute favorites… "The Legend of Wooly Swamp" #CharlieDaniels pic.twitter.com/kSsqVwmsFf
— thetimmcgraw (@TheTimMcGraw) July 6, 2020
As a singer, guitarist and fiddler, Daniels got his start as a session musician, and played on sessions for Bob Dylan‘s ninth studio album Nashville Skyline.
He toured relentlessly throughout the 1970s – sometimes doing as many as 250 shows in a year – and went on to perform at the White House and at the Super Bowl.
His song ‘The Devil Went Down To Georgia’ topped the country charts in 1979 and landed at Number Three on the pop charts. It was voted single of the year by the Country Music Association.
At the age of 71, he was invited to join the epitome of Nashville’s music establishment, the Grand Ole Opry, and he was inducted in the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2016.
Jason Aldean paid tribute to Daniels, writing: “Man I am heartbroken to hear that Charlie Daniels passed away this morning. He was one of the nicest/kindest people I have ever met. Thanks for the musical legacy u left all of us. We will miss you Mr. Charlie!”
Man I am heartbroken to hear that Charlie Daniels passed away this morning. He was one of the nicest/kindest people I have ever met. Thanks for the musical legacy u left all of us. We will miss you Mr. Charlie! pic.twitter.com/bKs49MlVlT
— Jason Aldean (@Jason_Aldean) July 6, 2020
“One of my favorite people on this earth Charlie Daniels has gone on to his eternal reward today,” Ricky Skaggs tweeted. “Oh, how he will be missed at the Grand Ole Opry and everywhere else he was loved.”
One of my favorite people on this earth Charlie Daniels has gone on to his eternal reward today. Oh, how he will be missed at the Grand Ole Opry and everywhere else he was loved. – Ricky Skaggs
Photo by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images for Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum pic.twitter.com/77pxXx01d4
— Ricky Skaggs (@RickySkaggs) July 6, 2020
NASCAR racer Darrell Waltrip wrote: “I have a heavy heart today, one of my best friends and a country music legend has passed away, Charlie Daniels was a great guy, l loved him like so many others did, RIP my dear old friend!”
I have a heavy heart today, one of my best friends and a country music legend has passed away, Charlie Daniels was a great guy, l loved him like so many others did, RIP my dear old friend!
— Darrell Waltrip (@AllWaltrip) July 6, 2020
“Getting to shred with @TheChrisLeDoux AND @CharlieDaniels on the same stage was one of the most magical nights ever,” Keith Urban said. “Go rest high Charlie- and blessings today to all of your family. With love and friendship always.”
Getting to shred with @TheChrisLeDoux AND @CharlieDaniels on the same stage was one of the most magical nights ever. Go rest high Charlie- and blessings today to all of your family.
With love and friendship always.
— Keith Urban (@KeithUrban) July 6, 2020
See more tributes to Daniels below:
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) July 6, 2020
Fly high with that fiddle my good friend! A very sad day for those of us who loved him & knew him so well! He was a warrior for our veterans as well as America the Beautiful, land of the free & home of the brave! RIP buddy Goin to miss you! #CharlieDaniels #Charlie 💔😢
— John Daly (@PGA_JohnDaly) July 6, 2020
— Ryman Auditorium (@theryman) July 6, 2020
This morning I lost a very dear dear friend, and our country lost a great patriot and icon, Charlie Daniels. There are no words other than to say I was blessed to have known him. He will be forever missed. pic.twitter.com/Id84Et2LtS
— Bernard B. Kerik (@BernardKerik) July 6, 2020
Heaven just got a brand new fiddler and the devil is stomping mad about it @CharlieDaniels
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) July 6, 2020
Charlie Daniels, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame best known for "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," has died at age 83.
As a session musician, he played on 3 of Bob Dylan’s albums – including “Nashville Skyline” – as well as recordings for Ringo Starr & Leonard Cohen. pic.twitter.com/EuNb8irbDz
— Eric Alper 🎧 (@ThatEricAlper) July 6, 2020
— Franklin Graham (@Franklin_Graham) July 6, 2020
Rest In Peace Charlie Daniels. To Charlie’s family, you will forever remain in our hearts and prayers. Charlie will now be one of the great warriors fighting for America and bringing his music to heaven🙏🇺🇸
— General Flynn (@GenFlynn) July 6, 2020