Country music legend Charlie Daniels dies at 83

by Bryan Brammer · Jul 6th, 2020 1:42 pm
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Last Updated Jul 6th, 2020 at 9:05 pm

Country music icon Charlie Daniels, best known for his 1979 smash hit "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," has died at age 83.

Doctors at a hospital in Hermitage, Tennessee determined that the Country Music Hall of Famer passed away after suffering from a hemorrhagic stroke, Daniels' publicist said in a statement.

Daniels started his career as a session musician, performing music in a recording studio that would be used as backing tracks for other musicians and live performances.

He formed his five-piece band in the early 1970s and went on to earn scores of awards and accolades during his long tenure as a famed musician.

He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Musicians Hall of Fame, became a member of the Grand Ole Opry, and even won a Dove Award for his gospel music.

"Few artists have left a more indelible mark on America's musical landscape than Charlie Daniels," Daniels' representatives said in a statement. "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."


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