An American icon has left the building. Singer/songwriter Charlie Daniels, best known by the average person for his 1979 mega-hit “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” died on Monday at the age of 83.
Despite being primarily known for his music, Daniels — who typically performed with The Charlie Daniels Band — wasn’t shy about voicing his love of the U.S. Daniels routinely wrote opinion columns for CNSNews.com, a branch of the Media Research Center (MRC). His words from his latest article said all anyone needed to know about Mr. Daniels — “God Bless America.”
MRC Founder and President Brent Bozell tweeted his thoughts on the passing of Daniels:
Charlie Daniels was devoted to God, his country, and the men and women who kept her free.— Brent Bozell (@BrentBozell) July 6, 2020
I was honored to call him a friend.
RIP a true American legend.
Daniels also had a charitable side to him, co-founding The Journey Home Project in 2014 with manager David Corlew. The charity was founded “to help Veterans of the United States of America.”
According to the bio on his website, Daniels always wished he could do more.
“I have a very unique opportunity because of being in the music community, you try to give back to some extent,” Daniels said. “I do feel like people should. We should all do as much as we can.”
As for Daniels’ music, besides “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” the artist and his band are also known for such hits as “Uneasy Rider,” In America,” and “Two Out of Three.”
Through the years, Daniels performed with such legendary musicians as Willie Nelson, Ted Nugent, Stevie Ray Vaughn, James Brown, George Thorogood, Dolly Parton, Little Richard and B.B. King.
Rest in peace, sir.