The multi-orchestrator had a hemorrhagic stroke at the Hermitage in Tennessee and was pronounced dead Monday, according to a report.
With the surname Charlie Daniels Band, he and the instrument with which he is most closely associated – the violin – led a new kind of “Southern rock”.
His most famous hit, 1979’s “The Devil Went Down to Georgia”, is still a staple in classic rock stations.
Although mostly related to the country’s music, Daniels once told CNN that he doesn’t like wearing any labels.
In 2008, he joined Grand Ole Opry, almost 40 years in his professional career. It took until 2016 for Daniels to enter the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Many of his songs have their roots in patriotism and his deep admiration for the United States, which he often described in his music as “the largest country in the world.”
In 1980, “In America” was released in response to the Iranian hostage crisis.
More than 30 years later, his sincerity prompted him to leave the Country Freedom concert in Nashville, Tennessee, which honored rescue workers on September 11.
Daniels planned to present a new single, “This Ain’t No Rag, It’s a Flag,” but concert organizers blocked the song’s lyrics, which included “This is not a rag is a flag, and we don’t wear it on our heads.” . “
But the song that will always be known is “The Devil Went Down to Georgia”, a rompin ‘, stompin’ bluegrass hoownown between the devil and a young boy from the country named Johnny for the soul of the latter.
The song spent weeks on the charts, and eventually went platinum. A year after its release, it appeared in the movie “Urban Cowboy”, presenting it to an even wider audience. Most recently, he appeared in a “Guitar Hero” video game.