Country music legend Charlie Daniels has died. He was 83.
The Country Music Hall of Fame, who was best known for his song "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," died on Monday morning at Summit Medical Center in Hermitage, Tennessee. His cause of death was a hemorrhagic stroke.
The Grand Ole Opry member, who had a pacemaker placed in 2013, is survived by his wife Hazel and son Charlie Daniels, Jr.
Daniels began writing and playing music professionally in the 1950s. Over a decade later, he found success as a co-writer of Elvis Presley's 1964 hit "It Hurts Me."
Shortly after, Daniels was hired to play on albums by Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and Marty Robbins, and in 1970, he released his first solo album, Charlie Daniels.
In 1972, he formed the Charlie Daniels Band and began the Southern rock festival called Volunteer Jam in 1974. This June, Daniels announced the rescheduling of the 2020 Volunteer Jam which was originally scheduled to take place on Sept. 15 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.
Due to coronavirus concerns, the event was rescheduled for Feb. 22, 2021.
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Among his many accolades is a Grammy Award in 1979 for "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" as well as six total nominations, most recently in 2005 for best country instrumental performance for "I'll Fly Away." In addition, the Charlie Daniels Band has won awards from the Gospel Music Association, Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music.
Daniels was also inducted into Hall of Fame in 2016, which was the same year the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum featured an exhibition titled Charlie Daniels: Million Mile Reflections with musical instruments, stage wear, manuscripts, awards, childhood mementos and previously unpublished photos from Daniels' personal collection to show the impact he had on country music.
In 2014, he founded The Journey Home Project, which he served as chairman, to help veterans of the United States Armed Forces.
Funeral arrangements will be announced in the coming days. In the meantime, fellow artists from Keith Urban and Wynonna to Brad Paisley and Trisha Yearwood paid tribute to the late country star:
Country music will never be the same. Charlie was a heck of an artist. I can’t even begin to count the number of times we worked together. He was so much fun! He was always such a good friend to me and I loved him. We’re all going to miss him so much. #charliedaniels pic.twitter.com/VZFkbyE5aT— Loretta Lynn (@LorettaLynn) July 6, 2020
Just learning of the passing of this great man. What a hero. A true patriot, Christian, and country music icon. Prayers to his family. Thank you for all your contributions on and off the stage. God bless you Charlie Daniels. pic.twitter.com/BiQ4FlAlPc— Luke Bryan (@LukeBryanOnline) July 6, 2020
“So sad to lose Charlie today. Such a great entertainer and a great human being. Cowboy too. We’ll miss you Charlie Daniels!” - gs pic.twitter.com/iznJoO7UJV— George Strait (@GeorgeStrait) July 6, 2020
I wrote these words for Charlie’s biography. They ring even more true now.— Brad Paisley (@BradPaisley) July 6, 2020
I’m so sad he’s gone.
We have so many memories together, and I am so blessed to have known him.
Rest In Peace my friend. We love you. @CharlieDaniels pic.twitter.com/3Pg5eWPtIf
Charlie Daniels was the nicest country artist I’ve ever had the chance to spend moments around. His music and talent speaks for itself, but boys and girls it’s the legacy you leave behind and your character. It doesn’t get better than Charlie Daniels. Rest In Peace Charlie. 😢— Jake Owen (@jakeowen) July 6, 2020
The country music flag is flying at half mast today. RIP Charlie Daniels.— Luke Combs 🎤 (@lukecombs) July 6, 2020
Getting to shred with @TheChrisLeDoux AND @CharlieDaniels on the same stage was one of the most magical nights ever. Go rest high Charlie- and blessings today to all of your family.— Keith Urban (@KeithUrban) July 6, 2020
With love and friendship always.
Lost an amazing man and entertainer today. Rest In Peace, Charlie Daniels. pic.twitter.com/iybYRNkJ37— Darius Rucker (@dariusrucker) July 6, 2020
Rest In Peace Charlie Daniels, my fellow North Carolinian. I was honored to receive NC's Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award from you backstage at the Opry in 2017. Thank you for your sharing your talent and your kindness with all of us. pic.twitter.com/FImllzA9NY— Scotty McCreery (@ScottyMcCreery) July 6, 2020
Our friend @CharlieDaniels has gone to sing in the heavenly choir. Thank you Mr. Daniels for rocking our souls with your passion for music God and Country. No doubt the fiddle playing is going into another gear on God's celestial shore. Love and respect. #RIPCharlieDaniels pic.twitter.com/TLNordxGT3— Big Kenny Alphin (@BigKennyTV) July 6, 2020
I grew up on the CDB, and I know I'm blessed to call Charlie and Hazel friends. Love and strength to this family. The world mourns with you. RIP Charlie. xoxo #charliedaniels pic.twitter.com/cEz8BgTcrd— Trisha Yearwood (@trishayearwood) July 6, 2020
Heartbroken from the news of my friend @CharlieDaniels passing this morning. Heaven's gate opened wide as that golden fiddle was laid in his hands. So much respect for Charlie. The musician, the songwriter but mostly, the man. You will be missed. God bless your life & legacy. pic.twitter.com/jtgYsdOX6q— Tracy Lawrence (@tracy_lawrence) July 6, 2020
(1/2) Today I have a very heavy heart as I reflect on the legendary Charlie Daniels. It’s true that meeting your heroes is dangerous because more often than not, they disappoint you. Charlie was the exception. I absolutely cherished his friendship. (Con’t) @CharlieDaniels pic.twitter.com/Z5w7gc6Izr— Trace Adkins (@TraceAdkins) July 6, 2020
(2/2) ...I could write a book about the positive influence he had on my life, but today I’ll just say that I miss him already. Love you, Charlie. - Trace Adkins@CharlieDaniels pic.twitter.com/iKprKZietr— Trace Adkins (@TraceAdkins) July 6, 2020
Jimmy De Martini on #CharlieDaniels: "He put the fiddle on the map. If it weren’t for him, the fiddle wouldn’t have made its way into different genres of music, and I wouldn’t be where I am today." pic.twitter.com/x6Jpr4sxxv— Zac Brown Band (@zacbrownband) July 6, 2020
This #Legend @CharlieDaniels was at the core of my roots & influences in music. We recorded "Just As I Am" together for his Grammy winnin Gospel Album. "Oh lamb of God I come...I come" sings the hymn. An honor to call him my friend. Fiddle’s gonna be roarin in heaven tonight #RIP pic.twitter.com/LOhZiTMcUy— Billy Ray Cyrus (@billyraycyrus) July 6, 2020
Today America lost A Great American who loved God Family Country and our brave heroes. Heaven has a new angel today. God speed Charlie Daniels. All our love and prayers to his family, friends and fans around the world, he is irreplaceable and we mourn with you all. https://t.co/gehoIfPNX1— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) July 6, 2020