- Country music legend Charlie Daniels has passed away at the age of 83
- Charlie, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, died on Monday morning after suffering a haemorrhagic stroke
- As a session musician, Charlie played on three of Bob Dylan’s albums as well as recordings for Ringo Starr and Leonard Cohen
Country music legend Charlie Daniels has passed away at the age of 83.
Charlie, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, died on Monday morning after suffering a haemorrhagic stroke.
The singer, who became famous for his hit The Devil Went Down to Georgia, was a vocal supporter of US veterans.
According to tennessean.com, by the time the Charlie Daniels Band topped the charts with Devil in 1979, the instrumentalist, singer and songwriter had long established a remarkable, multifaceted career in Nashville.
Born on 28 October, 1936 in Wilmington, North Carolina, Charles grew up inspired by church music and local bluegrass bands.
As a session musician, he played on three of Bob Dylan’s albums — including the revolutionary Nashville Skyline — as well as recordings for Ringo Starr and Leonard Cohen.
He was a fixture of the touring circuit for the next 40 years, became a tireless advocate for servicemen and women and entered the information age as one of country music's most outspoken conservative voices, according to the publication.
Kyle Young, CEO of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, said on Monday:
"His music fused the immediacy of Southern rock with the classic country storytelling that he heard as a child. He brought new audiences to country music, pointing people to the sources even as he explored the edges."
Charlie is survived by his wife, Hazel; son, Charles William Daniels; and Alaya Nowling and Evan Tubb, whom Daniels considered his grandchildren.
In other music news, Briefly.co.za reported that American rapper T.I has taken to social media to challenge 50 Cent to a Verzuz rap battle.
The About The Money hitmaker wants 50 Cent to bring 20 of his best records and he will also bring his 20 hits.
T.I said 50 could bring his whole G-Unit crew, Eminem and Dr Dre to the battle.
"For your birthday, I offer you a challenge, sir. Pull your a** up with 20 of your records, man."
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