Country music legend and activist for America Charlie Daniels died of stroke on Monday. The fiddle player and singer best known for “the devil went down to Georgia” was 83.
Charlie Daniels topped the Country music charts in 1979 with devil went down to Georgia and would continue to tour the country until his passing. His fiddle skills were unparalleled and his music will live on forever.
Everyone I know will be getting a copy of his greatest hits album as a gift this year. My favorites from the album include “In America” and “Simple Man”.
Charlie Daniels also used his platform to promote God and America. The outspoken singer was known to stand up for veterans and millions of people on Social Media will miss his regular “Benghazi ain’t going away” or “Remember 9-11” posts.
Benghazi ain’t going away!!
— Charlie Daniels (@CharlieDaniels) July 5, 2020
Current country music stars expressed their grief and loss over Charlie’s passing including Jason Aldean who called him “one of the nicest/kindest people I have ever met”
Man I am heartbroken to hear that Charlie Daniels passed away this morning. He was one of the nicest/kindest people I have ever met. Thanks for the musical legacy u left all of us. We will miss you Mr. Charlie! pic.twitter.com/bKs49MlVlT
— Jason Aldean (@Jason_Aldean) July 6, 2020
Brad Paisley shared some words he wrote for Charlie’s biography:
I wrote these words for Charlie’s biography. They ring even more true now.
I’m so sad he’s gone.
We have so many memories together, and I am so blessed to have known him.
Rest In Peace my friend. We love you. @CharlieDaniels pic.twitter.com/3Pg5eWPtIf
— Brad Paisley (@BradPaisley) July 6, 2020
Luke Bryan really nailed it with his description of Daniels as “a true patriot, Christian, and country music icon.
Just learning of the passing of this great man. What a hero. A true patriot, Christian, and country music icon. Prayers to his family. Thank you for all your contributions on and off the stage. God bless you Charlie Daniels. pic.twitter.com/BiQ4FlAlPc
— Luke Bryan (@LukeBryanOnline) July 6, 2020
Tim McGraw called him “one of the most genuine, kind and thoughtful folks I’ve ever run across.”
Oh man, sad to hear about @CharlieDaniels passing…I grew up on his music… brilliant songs and smokin' records. And always, without fail, every time I had the pleasure of being around him, he was one of most genuine, kind and thoughtful folks I've ever run across.
— thetimmcgraw (@TheTimMcGraw) July 6, 2020
Luke Combs ordered the country music flag flown at half mast
The country music flag is flying at half mast today. RIP Charlie Daniels.
— Luke Combs 🎤 (@lukecombs) July 6, 2020