The Charlie Daniels Band
About The Charlie Daniels Band
The Charlie Daniels Band is one of the most influential groups in the history of country music and Southern rock, known for blending virtuoso fiddle-playing with patriotic themes.
∙ Before forming his own band, Daniels was a session musician who played on three Bob Dylan LPs: 1969’s Nashville Skyline and 1970’sSelf Portrait and New Morning.
∙ The group’s first hit was the 1973 novelty song “Uneasy Rider,” a tongue-in-cheek commentary on ’60s counterculture that landed in the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100.
∙ Fire On the Mountain became the band’s first Platinum album, due in large part to its back-to-back 1975 radio hits, “The South’s Gonna Do It Again” and “Long Haired Country Boy.”
∙ “The Devil Went Down to Georgia”—Daniels’ signature song—won Best Country Vocal Performance By a Duo Or Group honors at the 1979 Grammy Awards.
∙ The 1983 Charlie Daniels Band compilation, A Decade of Hits, went quadruple-Platinum and debuted “Stroker’s Theme,” from the Burt Reynolds/Loni Anderson comedy Stroker Ace.
∙ Daniels had a late-career return to Top 40 success with his controversial country radio hit “This Ain’t No Rag, It’s a Flag,” written as his response to 9/11.
∙ During his prolific career, he was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry (2008), the Musicians Hall of Fame (2009), and the Country Music Hall of Fame (2016).
BORNOctober 28, 1936