Charlie Daniels, singer of ‘The Devil Went Down to Georgia,’ dead at 83

Country Music Hall of Fame, Grand Ole Opry member and southern rock legend Charlie Daniels died Monday, July 6 at Summit Medical Center in Hermitage, Tennessee. Doctors determined the cause of death was a hemorrhagic stroke. 

Daniels was 83.

Charlie Daniels was a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who is probably most known for his hit “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.” His songs ranged from Southern rock and bluegrass to country.


From his Dove Award-winning gospel albums to his genre-defining southern rock anthems and his CMA Award-winning country hits, few artists have left a more indelible mark on America’s musical landscape than Charlie Daniels.

Daniels parlayed his passion for music into a multi-platinum career and a spotlight supporting the military, underprivileged children, and others in need.

The Charlie Daniels Band has long populated radio with memorable hits, such as “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” and “Simple Man.”

Over the course of his career, Daniels received numerous accolades, including becoming a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 2008, inductions into the Musicians Hall of Fame in 2009 and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2016. 

Daniels helped to shine the spotlight on the many causes that are close to his heart. He was a staunch supporter of the military and gave his time and talent to numerous charitable organizations including The Journey Home Project, which he founded in 2014 with his long-time manager, David Corlew, to help veterans of the United States Armed Forces.



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