Charlie Daniels – Artist of The Month July 2022.
Charles Edward Daniels (October 28, 1936 – July 6, 2020) was an American singer, musician, and songwriter. His music encompassed multiple genres in a career spanning five decades, including southern rock, country, rock, bluegrass, blues and gospel. Much of his output, including all but one of his eight Billboard Hot 100 charting singles, was credited to the Charlie Daniels Band.
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.
In 1964, Daniels co-wrote It Hurts Me (recorded by Elvis Presley) with his friend, producer Bob Johnston, under Bob’s wife’s name, Joy Byers. Daniels recorded his first solo album, Charlie Daniels, in 1971 . He also produced the 1969 album by the Youngbloods, Elephant Mountain.
His first hit, the novelty song “Uneasy Rider“, was from his 1973 third album, Honey in the Rock, and reached No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100.
In the late 1980s and 1990s, several of Daniels’s albums and singles were hits on the country charts, and the music continues to receive airplay on country stations. Daniels released several gospel and Christian records.
In 1993, Daniels teamed up with fiddler Mark O’Connor to record a sequel to Daniels’s 1979 single “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” titled “The Devil Came Back to Georgia”. Daniels plays the fiddle alongside O’Connor, while Johnny Cash, Marty Stuart, and Travis Tritt sing the lyrics. The song is on O’Connor’s album Heroes.
In 2005, he makes a cameo appearance in Gretchen Wilson’s music video for All Jacked Up, as well as making a musical guest appearance in the VeggieTales episode Minnesota Cuke and the Search for Samson’s Hairbrush, by writing, producing, and performing the Minnesota Cuke theme song.
On October 18, 2005, Daniels was honored as a BMI Icon at the 53rd annual BMI Country Awards. In March 2017, HarperCollins announced that Daniels’s memoir, Never Look at the Empty Seats, would be released on October 24, 2017.
On January 15, 2010, Daniels was rushed to the hospital after suffering a stroke while snowmobiling in Colorado. A pacemaker was required and one was fitted on March 28; Daniels was released from the hospital within days.
On September 25, 2018, Daniels was awarded the MMP Music Award for his lifelong commitment to the music industry and was inducted into the MMP Hall of Fame by Commander Joseph W Clark.
On October 26, 2018, Daniels released a new album with a side project called Beau Weevils, along with CDB bass player Charlie Hayward, producer James Stroud on drums, and Billy Crain on guitar.
Daniels died on July 6, 2020, at the age of 83 of a hemorrhagic stroke at Summit Medical Center in Hermitage, Tennessee.
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