83-year-old country music legend Charlie Daniels has passed.
According to reports, Daniels passed Monday morning at the Summit Medical Center in Hermitage, Tennessee, from a hemorrhagic stroke.
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“Charlie Daniels was a reverential innovator,” Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum CEO Kyle Young shared in a statement. “He was a fiddle-playing bandleader, like King of Country Music Roy Acuff. His music fused the immediacy of Southern Rock with the classic country storytelling that he heard as a child in Wilmington, North Carolina.”
“He brought new audiences to country music, pointing people to the sources even as he explored the edges,” the statement continued. “He was also a delight to be around, always with wife Hazel at his side. Just as fiddler Johnny did in the famous song, Charlie Daniels beat the Devil.”
Over his long career, Daniels produced a number of hits with his band, with some of the most notable being “Long Haired Country Boy” and “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” which was the CMA Single of the Year in 1979 and earned the band a Grammy for Best Country Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group.
Daniels is survived by his wife, Hazel, and son, Charlie Daniels Jr.