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Charlie Daniels, singer of "The Devil Went Down to Georgia", died at 83

The multi-instrumentalist had a hemorrhagic stroke in Hermitage, Tennessee, and was pronounced dead Monday, his journalists said in a statement.

Daniels, inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and a former student of the Grand Ole Opry, was born in North Carolina but quickly felt at home in Nashville. He settled there and played on discs with music titans Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and Ringo Starr.
With the eponymous group Charlie Daniels, he and the instrument with which he is most closely associated - the violin - have directed a new genre of southern rock.

His best known hit, "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" from 1979, is still a staple of classic rock stations.

Although primarily associated with country music, Daniels once told CNN that he did not like to wear labels.
"I'm going to give you a little breakdown of our group," said Daniels in 2001.'We played with the Rolling Stones years ago in Memphis in the afternoon and went down to Austin, Texas, this night and we worked on the Willie Nelson picnic.'
In 2008, he was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, nearly 40 years in his professional career. It wasn't until 2016 that Daniels won entry to the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Daniels regularly blogged about his political beliefs on his website and Twitter page, including in the days leading up to his death.
Many of his songs were rooted in patriotism and his deep admiration for the United States, which he often called the "greatest country in the world" in his music.

In 1980, he released "In America"   in response to the Iranian hostage crisis.

More than 30 years later, his outspokenness prompted him to withdraw from the Country Freedom Concert in Nashville, which paid tribute to the rescuers of September 11.

Daniels planned to release a new single, "This Ain't No Rag, It's a Flag", but concert organizers backed down from the lyrics to the song, which included 'This is not a lie it's a flag, and we don't wear it on our head.'

But the song he will always be known for is "The Devil Went Down to Georgia", a bluegrass tapin ', stompin' between the devil and a young country boy named Johnny for his soul.

The song spent weeks on the charts, eventually becoming platinum. One year after its release, it appeared in the film "Urban Cowboy", presenting it to an even wider audience. More recently, he appeared in a video game "Guitar Hero".

In 2014, he co-founded the Journey Home Project, which connects veterans with nonprofits for health care, education, and career resources.
Daniels 'latest musical project was in collaboration with the Beau Weevils on an album that added a contemporary touch to Daniels' retro southern rock. He starred in a "quarantine edition" of a song from this album, "Geechi Geechi Ya Ya Blues", last month.

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