This is sad news for music fans and America.
Charlie Daniels, the man famous for writing songs like ‘The Devil Went Down to Georgia’ has passed away at the age of 83.
He apparently suffered from a stroke.
The Associated Press reports:
Country rocker and fiddler Charlie Daniels dies at age 83
Charlie Daniels, who went from being an in-demand session musician to a staple of Southern rock with his hit “Devil Went Down to Georgia,” has died at 83.
A statement from his publicist said the Country Music Hall of Famer died Monday at a hospital in Hermitage, Tennessee, after doctors said he had a stroke.
He had suffered what was described as a mild stroke in January 2010 and had a heart pacemaker implanted in 2013 but continued to perform.
Daniels, a singer, guitarist and fiddler, started out as a session musician, even playing on Bob Dylan’s “Nashville Skyline” sessions. Beginning in the early 1970s, his five-piece band toured endlessly, sometimes doing 250 shows a 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.
Daniels performed at White House, at the Super Bowl, throughout Europe and often for troops in the Middle East.
Such a huge loss.
Lost a great one
RIP Charlie Daniels pic.twitter.com/WVG149zeeY
— Guy Fieri (@GuyFieri) July 7, 2020
R.I.P. #CharlieDaniels (83) Beyond a music star, musician and forming his own band inducted into Country Music Hall of Fame, he wrote songs for Elvis Presley and played guitar for Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen. Charlie worked tirelessly in support of America’s troops and veterans. pic.twitter.com/KjTirmxaQ5
— Robert Dionisio (@DionisioGroup) July 7, 2020
— Josh Hudspeth (@josh_hudspeth) July 7, 2020
— Dr. Craig Whitt (@DrCraigWhitt) July 7, 2020
He was a great man.
Rest in peace, Mr. Daniels.