Country music has lost yet another legend this year: Charlie Daniels died on the morning of Monday, July 6 in Hermitage, Tennessee following a hemorrhagic stroke. He was 83 years old.
Daniels was a country and Southern rock icon best known for songs like his 1979 hit “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” “Long Haired Country Boy” and “Simple Man.” He was inducted as a member of both the Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry in 2016 and 2008 respectively.
During his lifetime, the North Carolina-native wrote a Top 30 song (“It Hurts Me”) for Elvis Presley, served as sideman for Bob Dylan, played in studio recording sessions for artists such as Johnny Cash and Marty Robbins, and was a highly revered philanthropist: He had hosted his star-studded Volunteer Jam concert in Nashville every year since 1974. The 2020 edition has been postponed to next April due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Following the news of Daniels’ passing, country artists took to the internet to share their memories of and tributes to him.
“Well, the devil went down to Georgia, but Charlie went straight to heaven. My heart, like many millions of others, is broken today to find out that we’ve lost our dear friend Charlie Daniels,” Dolly Parton penned on Facebook. “It was such a shock. He was one of the great people in the business and one of the greatest entertainers ever. He will live on in our hearts.”
RIP, Charlie Daniels. Stream the country legend’s hit songs and more below: