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Charlie Daniels

A talented and showy fiddler, Charlie Daniels and his band fuse hardcore country with a hard-edged Southern rock, boogie, and blues. The group -- which has had a rotating cast of musicians over the years -- has always been known for its instrumental dexterity, but Daniels and company were also notorious for their down-home, good-old-boy attitude; in the early '80s, they became a virtual symbol of conservative country values. Daniels and his band experienced the height of their popularity at the end of the '70s and early '80s, but they remained a popular concert attraction well into the '90s.

Daniels was born and raised in North Carolina, playing fiddle and guitar in several bands during his teenage years. At the age of 21, he decided become a professional musician, assembling an instrumental rock & roll combo called the Jaguars. The group landed a recording session for Epic Records in 1959 with Bob Johnson, who would later become Columbia Records' leading folk and country producer. The record didn't receive much attention, but the band continued to play and Daniels continued to write songs. One of his originals, "It Hurts Me," was recorded by Elvis Presley in 1963. By the late '60s, it had become clear that the Jaguars weren't going to hit the big time, so Johnson recommended to Daniels that he move to Nashville to become a session musician. Daniels followed the advice and became one of the most popular fiddlers in Nashville. He played on several Bob Dylan albums -- Nashville Skyline, Self Portrait, New Morning, and Dylan -- as well as Ringo Starr's 1970 record Beaucoups of Blues. He also became part of Leonard Cohen's touring band in the late '60s and produced the Youngbloods' Elephant Mountain album around the same time.

Daniels cut an album for Capitol Records in the early '70s that was ignored. In 1972, he formed the Charlie Daniels Band, using the Southern rock of the Allman Brothers as a blueprint. The band was comprised of Daniels (lead guitar, vocals, fiddle), lead guitarist Don Murray, bassist Charlie Hayward, drummer James W. Marshall, and keyboardist Joe DiGregorio. The formula worked, and in 1973 they had a minor hit with "Uneasy Rider," which was released on Kama Sutra Records. In 1974, they released Fire on the Mountain, which became a gold record within months of its release; the album would eventually go platinum. Its successor, 1975's Nightrider, did even better, thanks to the Top 40 country hit "Texas." Saddle Tramp, released in 1976, became his first country Top Ten album, going gold.

Throughout the mid-'70s, the Charlie Daniels Band pursued a Southern rock direction. They were moderately successful, but they never had a breakthrough hit either on the pop or country charts. By the late '70s, Daniels sensed that the audience for Southern rock was evaporating, so he refashioned the band as a more straightforward country band. The change paid off in 1979 when the single "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" became a number one hit, crossing over into the pop charts, where it hit number three. The song was named the Country Music Association's Single of the Year and helped its accompanying album, Million Mile Reflections, become a multi-platinum success.

Daniels wasn't able to follow "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" with another blockbuster single on the country charts but, ironically, he had several rock crossover successes in the years following the success of Million Mile Reflections: Full Moon (1980) went platinum and Windows (1982) went gold. Although he continued to sell respectably throughout the '80s, he didn't have a big hit until 1989's Simple Man, which went gold. In the '90s, his records failed to chart well, although he remained a popular concert draw, a trend that continued through into the 21st century.

During the first decade of the new millennium, Daniels quietly transitioned from major labels to independents, releasing records on Blue Hat and Audium, garnering some headlines in 2003 with his pro-Iraq War anthem “This Ain’t No Rag, It’s a Flag,” a song popular enough to launch a spinoff book Ain’t No Rag. Two years later, Daniels established a long-running relationship with Koch in 2005 with Songs from the Longleaf Pines. Daniels’ albums for Koch ran the gamut from bluegrass to bluesy country-rock, punctuated with holiday collections and live records, or thematic compilations like 2010’s patriotic The Land That I Love. Daniels was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2007. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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Kick a**!
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Kiss your hand
Say your crushes name
Close your hand
Pick a day
Say your name
Post this on 15 other songs
On that day Your crush Will ask you out
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woohoo
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My beautiful America
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Charlie Daniel's making my day better again. Thank. You. Charlie. !!!!!!!
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I agree !!
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The south is gonna do it again is a great song they need to play it alot not just once
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I wish they would play "The South is Gonna Do It Again!" Great song!
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Uneasy rider, , been there done. That not exactly the same out come but nothing a good dog could not stop
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daniel_herna n d e z 5 3 2
Good song
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Got a minute ? There's a church that was built and they need monetary donations to help cover expenses , the church is Saint Patrick church - 1046 E. 34 th street Los Angeles California 90011 - (323) 232- 8756 ( 323) 234- 5963 - Pastor Rev. Timothy Dyer - Jesus is God :)
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I love you CDB
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infinititomb o m b
B-) squirtle squad
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CDB is the f**king s**t.
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Dodea48 wouldn't be so tuff sayin that s**t infront of some of us rednecks
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We say grace and we say ma'am if you ain't into that we don't give a dam
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Devil went down to georgia
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Someone breaks into my house your damn right I'll shoot em
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In my opinion dodea48 needs to meet some rednecks and country boys. THEN he can trash talk them
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Dodea48 did you ever read the Bible? I believe it says not to stand in judgement of others to doesn't it? Jus sayin.
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Charlie Daniels is great he kept it real all his songs straightforw a r d and honest like a good country man.
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This guy can fix your worst days with his songs. Keep em going
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We need more simple men
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Simple Man
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Simply .... PROPER
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How. Could you. Not love this music
Its the best music ever. Thank you to all the. Country singers
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This is great country music Sing it Bro
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love the devil went down to georgia
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cotacatchers
Long haired c boy to the bone !!!!
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High speed heroes
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No child, no!!!!! Part of my childhood
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Was it. 25. Or. Was it. 26. Good. Question. Charlie
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bizbird1966
Diggin Bear Foot Jerry and the CDB!
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hlwasniewski
Charlie Daniels is the best.
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I am really not into country music but I really enjoy listening to Charlie's music. It's a little bit of everything. You have country, Southern rock, boogie and blues.
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my buddy Peyton says Nick Saben is the devil.
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Come on back...
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I'm the deval
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Simple man made and still protect the good ole USA today and years to come tell it Charlie.
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Love Charlie!
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He is very good and I don't see why people fight on this at all you know the government sees every thing Like to send o omaback to his mom tha is not a good thing to say Tim_McCoy68
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This man is a TRUE American...
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Hey dodea48 first admendment
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anjou64
Loved the song up until he called gay people f*gs, doesn't mean I hate him or anything, I just don't like the song because of that. He's talented and all, just wish he wouldn't say that. I'll still listen to his other stuff.
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fridell4
We love Charlie in soddy daisy tn
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I'm with you Charlie( impeach Obama)!
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ak_meyer2
If we hung all the criminals from the tallest tree like the good old days we wouldn't have the crime we have today. No consequence no fear
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kitapup97
Dodea48 go beat your deranged self with a hammer and stop barking!
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kitapup97
CDB rules!
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imyarberry
Oh yea
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