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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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Charlie Daniels is amazing country singer.
Love their song called The Devil Went Down to Georgia
Devil went down to Georgia!!!!
Charlie is a damn good singer
I love this song
Good christian man too!
infinititomb o m b
This be da cut!! 10/10
a fiddle a gold you say? hmm......... . . . . . . d e a l !
3frankd
that s the best with no extra s thank you f daniels
Mine to YEYE!
This guy is awesome! Ain't no rag it's a flag
" was it 26 "
Simple Man:

Amen!!!!!!!!

Amen.
Say iPhone 5times
Pick a color
Post this on 5 other songs
Look under your pillow
bobnascar88
The best ever all good
I met him when I worked on base sometime between 1997-2003 and he was really nice!
Saw CDB in the early 80's. Love this song, and living in Richmond, VA make it SPECIAL!
Happy 78th Charlie....
The best
mhero5
This song is asome
Makes u wanna dance
Bad a** song!!! Haha!!
Oh hect yeah!!!!
Everyone knows Charlie Daniels.. had many hits. :o))
Love this song
Look up Blair Mountain. That's where the term redneck came from.hell you don't believe me look it !!
I didn't know he was still alive!
I ain't Asian no body for nothen if I can't get it on my own
dodea48
In America -- for an alleged Christian he sure likes violence and revenge
dodea48
Simple Man --- eye for an eye menas you can't kill some one for breaking in
dodea48
Simple Man liked his drug dealer back in the 70's
kiss my assking found time out
Love his song called The Devil Went Down To Georgia!!!!!
This freaked me out this isn't fake apparently if you copy and paste this on 10 different comments you will either get kissed or asked out. If you break the chain you will see a dead girl in your room tonight. In the 53 minutes someone will say I love you or I'm sorry
dodea48
he made a lot of great songs before he got all fat and christian
Just saw him a few months back.......h e still rocks!
Great personality in Country and Bluegrass too. Boy does he attack that fiddle, great Musician.
On Devil Went Down To Georgia am I the only one who thinks the Devil's solo is better than Johnny's?
Thank you my country hero
paytonlindsy
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Oh yeah
Jesus loves you dodea48
dodea48
Stroker Ace sounds a lot like Wooly Swamp
dodea48
fattest man in country music
dodea48
Simple Man -- Too simple to know that everything he stands for is forbidden by the Bible. Why are so many people who claim to be Christian are just violent a-holes. Eye for an eye means no lynching
I love Charlie Daniels always have always will
I love music
Jamaican regga
stevekhodge5 3
Don't like so 80's
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