THE LEGENDARY CHARLIE DANIELS REMEMBERED BY HIS PEERS

07/07/2020

"Charlie’s been like a brother to me since the early ‘70s. He’s one of the greatest, kindest people I’d ever met in my life. Not only Charlie - but he surrounded himself with incredible people that I love, especially his wife Hazel. We did a duet of a song Charlie wrote called 'Willie Jones' and it was one of the most fun studio sessions I’ve been in. I’ve always loved playing Volunteer Jams through the years - I will miss my dear friend." - Bobby Bare, Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry member

*Listen to "Willie Jones": Click Here
 



"'Charlie Daniels was one of the finest gentlemen I have ever known. He and Hazel have been two of my and Mary’s dearest friends over the past years. We laughed, cried and prayed together. Not only was he a gift to us, but to the entire world. A few years ago, Charlie had a colt born on my birthday and named him after me. The memories go on and on, so I'll leave it at this — Charlie, thank you for everything you've done for me, your endless support of us, your unconditional love, and the sweet memories. It is my greatest honor to be your Country Music Hall of Fame classmate--you will live on forever as my hero… my friend. I love you." - Randy Travis, Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry member

*Watch the announcement of Randy, Fred Foster and Charlie's induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame: Click Here
*Watch Charlie and Randy Backstage at 2016 CMA Fest: Click Here
*Watch a clip from the 2016 CMA Fest: Click Here
 



"Charlie Daniels was one of the nicest guys I’ve ever met and worked with. He was in 'Urban Cowboy' with us and did an awesome job. He was a real friend and he’ll be greatly missed be missed - what a talent." - Mickey Gilley

*Watch Charlie Daniels at Gilley's in the movie Urban Cowboy: Click Here
 



"Charlie Daniels, the founding father of our kind of music passed away this morning with Hazel, the love of his life, at his side. I knew this day would come but still... you’re never quite ready. It’s impossible to state just how much Charlie meant to me, both professionally and personally. For now I’ll just say I loved him and I know he loved me. I miss him already. Keep Hazel, Little Charlie and the entire CDB organization in your thoughts and prayers. When a man of Charlie’s magnitude leaves this earth he leaves a BIG VOID. Let us all remember all the good this fine man did while on this old Earth. He will be missed and for a long, long time." - Lee Roy Parnell

*Watch Lee Roy, Ray Benson and Charlie in "Texas": Click Here
 



"Charlie Daniels was an incredible musician, entertainer and friend. I was thrilled to get to know him on the road and in the studio throughout our careers. He will always be remembered as a patriot, and a faith-filled Christian above all else." - Jerry Lee Lewis, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member 
 



"I grew up listening to Charlie Daniels. I never thought back then that he would become a friend and a mentor. He is the definition of 'Salt of the Earth.' His music touched millions, his kindness was always felt and his patriotism was second to none. I'll always be grateful for the opportunities he's given me in the music business. We have lost a true legend and I will miss him dearly." - Scooter Brown

*Listen to "American Son" featuring Charlie off of Scooter's last album: Click Here
*Watch Scooter's debut on the Grand Ole Opry with an interview from Charlie: Click Here
 



"I’ve always said that Charlie Daniels and his band were some of the best in country music. Boy were they tight! I was lucky to do many shows with the CDB. Each one was a huge treat. I was a fan first and then he became my friend. Charlie was a great person who loved Jesus & a patriot who loved his country. Another huge loss for our genre and shoes that will never be filled." - Doug Stone

“I will truly miss my friend and fellow Country Music Hall Of Fame member, Charlie Daniels. He was one of the most honest and genuinely nice people in the business. I will miss our talks. We shared lots of memories and supported each other. My prayers are with his family, friends and colleagues.” - Charley Pride

“All of The Oak Ridge Boys are saddened and devastated by this sudden and immeasurable loss. Charlie was not only a dear friend but a Patriot who loved Jesus and loved the USA. It is all so very hard to process right now...We will miss Charlie, but we know where he is… The Everlasting Arms of HIS and OUR Savior hold him now…Until The Day Charlie…Until the DAY…prayers for Hazel.” - Joe Bonsall of The Oak Ridge Boys

“One of the best friends, not only a peer, but a true friend. He was one of the most spiritual men. When we got together for a show in Oklahoma, we performed ‘Will The Circle be Unbroken.’ I never will forget that night.” - Sam Moore

"What a loss and a shock - we can hardly put this in words. Charlie was such a beloved part of our community! He was a great friend and a fellow patriot. I will always cherish the countless shows we worked together over the decades and our backstage talks. He leaves an immeasurable mark on country and southern rock music. Charlie was a great leader and philanthropist, incredibly humble and one of the biggest supporters of our armed forces and veterans. I loved standing in the wings when he took the stage - he was powerful and magical - he left other artists in awe and every audience on their feet!  We love you Charlie and will forever cherish our friendship." - Lee and Kim Greenwood

“I am very saddened to hear of Charlie Daniels’ passing. I have known and loved Charlie since our early days when he appeared on one of my television specials and l played his Volunteer Jams. Charlie was a strong man who loved his family, fans and country. The music community and the world have lost an old friend.” - Crystal Gayle

“Charlie Daniels has been a friend of mine for the last 40 or 50 years. He is one of the greatest artists in country music and an all around wonderful man. We will miss you Charlie.” - B.J. Thomas

“I recall a show I played in West Texas with Charlie, what a great talent and personality he was, and so respected in the music world.  He and his memory are cherished and loved by all.” - Janie Fricke 

“It was an honor to know Charlie. He was a Godly, family man and the U.S.A. didn’t have a better friend. He always had an encouraging word and a firm handshake. Sheila and I pray for Miss Hazel, the family, the band and his entire organization. Rest in peace ol’ pal!” - T. Graham Brown

“I am absolutely stunned and heart broken over the loss of our legendary friend, the great Charlie Daniels! You could not find a finer or kinder man! His giant talent paled in comparison to the phenomenal human being that he was! He was passionate and honest about what he believed in and unapologetically spoke his truth.There is a reason he was so loved by all who knew him and such an Icon in Country Music!!! He cut a wide path in our hearts! We love you Charlie! My prayers are with his family at this time of deep loss. Rest In Peace Charlie.” - Deborah Allen

"My heart goes out to Hazel, Charlie Jr. and their family.  I always loved Charlie, and his music.  He was the real deal and one of the great ones." - Lacy J. Dalton

“I’m hurt. Charlie was one of the nicest guys in country music. He was always there to help anyone and he will be missed by all.” - Johnny Lee

“I’m deeply saddened by the passing of Charlie Daniels, a true Country Music Legend. ‘The Devil Went Down To Georgia’ will live on as one of the most quintessential Southern Rock songs in history. My thoughts and prayers are with Charlie and his family. Rest in peace Charlie and God bless you.“ - Deana Martin

“What a huge loss not only in the music industry, but in the world. Charlie was simply one of the kindest, most loving patriotic friends I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. He loved his friends and country so deeply. I was honored and blessed to perform on his infamous Volunteer Jam. My heart is broken today and I send my prayers of comfort up for his precious family.” - Kelly Lang

“It’s hard to imagine country music without Charlie Daniels and the world will never be the same. Thankfully he left a legacy like no other that we can reflect on. You are loved and you will be missed!” - Shane Owens

“Charlie Daniels was a music icon, yet every time I played piano for Charlie he made me feel like I was part of the Charlie Daniels' family.   He loved our country and devoted much of his time to encouraging and performing for our men and women in uniform.  When my son Torre was in the Army, and he was about to ship out for his first tour in Iraq, Charlie met with Torre before he left, and he prayed with him.  You have no idea what that meant to me.  The devil can stay down in Georgia for all I care, because Charlie Daniels is heaven bound!”  - Tim Atwood

"Rest in Peace to Country Music Hall of Famer Charlie Daniels.  He was one of the true icons in country music and will forever be remembered. Charlie Daniels was a True American.  Country Music has lost one of its finest ambassadors today. Prayers to the family of Charlie Daniels." - J.D. Shelburne

“It truly breaks my heart to hear of the passing of Mr. Charlie Daniels. As a fellow NC native, he was included in the soundtrack of nearly every road trip, bonfire night, and any other occasion! He was an extraordinary musician and such a joy to watch onstage - his spirit for music and performing was truly incredible! His family are in my thoughts and prayers during this hard time. He will truly be missed by fans all around!” - Paige King Johnson

“When I was a kid at boarding school listening to my roommate's Charlie Daniels albums, I had never been exposed to country music, and I didn’t know what I was hearing, I just knew that it grabbed me.  So I transported the feel of it to my rudimentary songwriting on the grand piano in the common room of that dorm, and it has stayed with me ever since.  Classic songwriting and musical authenticity can reach across a culture like nothing else.  Thanks to Charlie for waking a powerful spirit, all over the world.” - Carrington MacDuffie

“A pioneer that stood for so many great things outside of music, a true patriot. He taught us all what a fiddle truly was while never being afraid to voice his opinion. He’s going to be deeply missed but his legacy will no doubt live on. Prayers and thoughts are with his family, friends and fans.” - Vonn Kiss

"This Legend, Charlie Daniels, was at the core of my roots and influences in music. We recorded "Just As I Am" together for his Gospel Album. "Oh lamb of God I come...I come," sings the hymn. An honor to call him my friend. Fiddle is gonna be roaring in heaven tonight! #RIP"
–Billy Ray Cyrus

"Charlie Daniels was someone you could lean on at any time or ask his advice. I am so blessed to have known him as a peer, as a friend and performed with him many times. “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” well, the devil never had a chance! And now Charlie is playing that fiddle with the heavenly angels in the Big Man’s band. Some day I’ll see you again, Charlie."
–Tanya Tucker
 
"Every time I was around Charlie I felt like I was standing next to pure country. He sang about Faith, Patriotism, family and having good, clean fun. I’m so grateful that I got to meet and know a truly great man."
–Naomi Judd

"Getting to open for Mr. Charlie was one of my very first memorable moments in country music. He’s an important part of my story. When Mom & I opened for Mr. Charlie in the 80’s, I was so young, so naive, and in awe of my heroes and sheroes in country music. I spent most of my time trying to talk to, hang out with and learn everything I could from the artists we played shows with. Mr. Charlie was always so kind to me. He always made me feel so important. His heart. Oh my. His passion for God and his country, it really was what made him such a gifted soul. I adore him!! He’d come over to me in a crowded room to hug me. He always made time for me and I respect him so much for the way he treated me and so many others in the room. During one of our moments backstage before a show, I was talking to Mr. Charlie about how nervous I was being onstage. He told me to “Never look at the empty seats.” I have not forgotten his words to me. Charlie Daniels is a maverick. His heart is bigger than most. He lived and he loved large!!!!! Thank you for your service to our great country sir. I love you so."
–Wynonna Judd

"We are very sad today at the news of Charlie Daniels passing. Charlie was a great entertainer, great friend, and a great American."
–Bellamy Brothers 

"Charlie was a big ol' teddy bear...one of the kindest, gentlest people I've ever known...with a wonderful sense of humor and a great outlook on life. I've played golf with him, shared the Opry stage with him, sat alongside him at the Titans football games, and always marveled at his talent and his tenacity. There's a big ol' hole in lots of our hearts today with the news of his passing."
–Bill Anderson

"Charlie Daniels was a life force. His music was ancient and modern all at once and overlapped every genre. He was a giver to those in need and those who showed promise. A great patriot, an authentic American."
–Dennis Quaid

“He was one of my biggest heroes. One of the greatest guys I’ve ever known. RIP my brother Charlie.”
–Phil Vassar 

"Charlie Daniels' work on Earth is done. While we will miss him and his talents here, we know he has gone home now. Rest In Peace, old friend. You are so loved. Sending love to Hazel and the entire family."
–Steve Wariner

"It's with a heavy heart that I am letting you know our good friend and Country Music Hall of Famer Charlie Daniels passed away this morning at Summit Medical Center in Hermitage, TN from a hemorrhagic stroke. He was 83. What a truly great man beyond just his obvious talents as a singer and musician. He was a force of nature and will be greatly missed."
–Gene Watson

"Charlie was loved by absolutely everybody! He was a sweetheart that you loved to hug on and wanted to be around and man, when he took to the stage, he was fire! He will be missed and adored from down here till we see him again."
–Jamie O'Neal

"We lost a country music legend today. I wasn’t fortunate enough to meet Mr. Charlie Daniels but had quite a few friends who did, and all said the same of how an amazing of a Man he was as a musician and a person. I bet a band of angels in Heaven is gettin' its fill today!!"
–Lewis Brice

"Not only was Charlie a legend in music, he was a true patriot and loved our country. It’s a sad day to lose such a great man."
–Lucas Hoge

"Hearing the news of Charlie Daniels passing is shocking and heartbreaking. Charlie’s music will forever be a pillar, not only in Country Music, but in American Music’s history. He will be greatly missed."
–Adam Sanders

"My God, Charlie Daniels was easily the most humble man I’ve ever worked with! I was fortunate enough to play a couple of shows with him, including the 40th Anniversary Volunteer Jam and then again as direct support in 2019."
–Derek Jones

“If there was ever someone that put fiddle on the map, it was Charlie Daniels! I am so grateful I had a chance to finally meet Charlie earlier this year and tell him what a role model he has been to me. The Devil might’ve gone down to Georgia, but Charlie is now fiddlin’ and flyin’ high with Jesus!”
–Jenee Fleenor

 

"The passing of Charlie Daniels is not only a huge loss for the industry but a personal loss. Charlie has been a personal friend throughout our career and we consider him family. Charlie was a patriot that stood for the good of all men. Charlie, you will be missed my friend."
-Jeff Cook, ALABAMA (Country Music Hall of Fame member)
 
"From the eighties until last year, I've had the pleasure of not only touring with but getting to know Charlie Daniels. He was everything on stage a great artist should be. But it was the off stage Charlie I grew to love over the years. Many times Charlie would answer the call to do charity work and never charge a cent. He set a humble example of what a man, a friend, and Christian should be by the way he treated others. I’m gonna miss you my friend."
-Teddy Gentry, ALABAMA (Country Music Hall of Fame member)
 
“Nobody I respected or admired, in this world, any MORE than my real friend, Charlie Daniels.”
-Randy Owen, ALABAMA (Country Music Hall of Fame member)
 
"One of my favorite people on this earth Charlie Daniels has gone on to his eternal reward today. Oh, how he will be missed at the Grand Ole Opry and everywhere else he was loved. Charlie, thank you for being a Patriot, a Statesman, a Christian, a friend, a father, a husband to Miss Hazel, and a great maker of music that will live on for generations. You made an indelible mark in this life, and you will be missed my brother."
-Ricky Skaggs (Country Music Hall of Fame member)
 
"Charlie Daniels embodied the fire of the South. He blurred lines between rock and country, when rock didn't think country was cool, and his Volunteer Jams weren't just legendary, they brought people from both of those worlds together. He was a patriot, a proud American, a world class musician, an incredible showman, as well as a wonderful father, husband, grandpa and friend. We're all so sad to lose him, but if I know Charlie, he's up in heaven, rosining up his bow and getting ready to let those fingers fly! Godspeed, my friend, you're home."
-Ronnie Milsap (Country Music Hall of Fame member)
 
“It is a sad day for a southern gentleman. A soft spoken Godly man. A man I have known for 50 years. Yes my heart is broken but Hazel and Charlie Jr. have all of us holding them with the strength that Mr. Daniels has given us through the years. We are missing a man that already has the hands of his great God holding him. I have no words.”
-Doug Gray, The Marshall Tucker Band
 
"If there were a Southern Rock/Country/GOD fearing Patriot/Good old boy on Mt. Rushmore, Charlie Daniels likeness would be hammered, chiseled, and blasted onto it. We would follow him into battle. We would not follow him on stage. We couldn’t... no one else could either...‘nuff said. Heaven has never rocked like its ROCKIN’ right now. Charlie old friend, we’ll see you when we do. Rock on, friend."
-Larry Gatlin 
 
“Charlie was outspoken and larger than life on stage. Off stage, he was kind, compassionate and helped so many along the way, both in music and beyond. A showman, a patriot, a one-of-a-kind. He will be greatly missed."
-John Anderson
 
"Charlie Daniels was a man of God, a voice of reason in unsettled times. He was a brother and friend. Until we meet again on the shores of the everlasting. Rest in Peace, Charlie Daniels." 
-Marty Raybon, Shenandoah
 
"For all of us in the music community, Charlie Daniels was like our big brother. He always took up for us and was always the one to stand up for our America. Thank you, Charlie. Go rest now. You made your mark on our world, and we will miss you."
-Mike McGuire, Shenandoah 
 
"It's so hard to put into words what an influence Charlie's music was on me and on everyone who ever heard it. He was an amazing man, musician, songwriter and entertainer. There was nothing he couldn't do. He will be so missed in this world. Sending prayers to Hazel and all of his family."
-Aaron Tippin
 
"Charlie Daniels was my friend. He was my friend on many levels and we had an unspoken understanding that if either of us ever needed the other, it was a given. Charlie was very bold about what he believed in and I am too. I’m gonna miss you old friend. I’ll tell you all about what happens when I get there. I love you and I miss you already but I’ll be there before you miss me. Say hello to Momma and enjoy your time till we meet again."
-Darryl Worley
 
"Charlie was one of the most talented, kindest, patriotic and spiritual people I’ve ever had the pleasure of calling a friend. Whether I was doing shows with him from the Opry stage or on a stage in far away Japan, he always remained the consummate performer. The void he leaves in our business is enormous, and I know the music he will make in heaven will be overwhelming. Rest easy my friend."
-T.G. Sheppard
 
"Wow... Charlie Daniels. We lost a great, great man today. But, we got to have him for a long time! A patriot! A man I have followed him for years who shared his faith and his heart daily with his friends and followers. I read his words everyday. Man, he loved this country! I will miss you, sir!"
-Larry Stewart, Restless Heart
 
"I'm deeply saddened by the news of Charlie Daniels' passing. I lost my mother seven years ago to a hemorrhagic stroke; the shock only ever softened by knowing she was with her Lord. The same can be said for Charlie, who lived a vivid and bold life for God and country. Restless Heart is forever grateful for the many memories of working with him at his Volunteer Jam. Sending heartfelt prayers of peace and comfort to Charlie’s family, friends, and fans."
-Dave Innis, Restless Heart  
 
"The music community has lost one of its greatest American icons today. Charlie Daniels is one of those artists whose music will never die. He was also one of the nicest people I have ever met in my life and also a great Patriot. God bless him. Charlie Daniels was statue material."
-Sammy Kershaw
 
"Deeply saddened by the news today of Charlie Daniels' passing. Charlie Daniels was a true patriot, a man of God and a great American. To call him a musical icon is a gross understatement. A pioneer in the southern rock movement of the 70s, leading the Charlie Daniels Band, his bold and musically impressive songwriting, spawning legendary hits like ‘The South’s Gonna Do it Again,’ ‘Long Haired Country Boy,’ ‘In America,’ and, of course, ‘The Devil Went Down to Georgia,’ and many, many others that have already stood the test of time as some of the greatest, most iconic records in the history of rock-n-roll AND country music. I’m so incredibly honored to have been included in Charlie’s final music video of ‘Geechi Geechi Ya Ya Blues’ with his band, the Beau Weevils. I certainly didn’t expect it to be his last. Our industry has a huge void in it today. A great man of principal, honor, integrity and faith, who always told it like it is. There will never ever be another Charlie Daniels. My prayers go upward for his entire family. Rest in peace, Charlie."
-Collin Raye
 
"It's a sad thing to see Charlie leave us. He was a great patriotic American and had a major impact on our musical heritage."
-Leroy Van Dyke
 
"Charlie Daniels was the John Wayne of Southern Rock, Rhythm and Blues. He always put the love of playing music above the business of music. And one more thing, he loved America!"
-Billy Dean
 
"I'm just devastated about losing Charlie Daniels. What a great talented man. He loved his country and his Lord. Prayers for his family."
-Moe Bandy
 
"One of the finest people God ever put on the face of the earth. The definition of a true southern gentleman."
-Danny Shirley, Confederate Railroad

 

About Charlie Daniels

From his Dove Award-winning gospel albums to his genre-defining southern rock anthems and his CMA Award-winning country hits, few artists have left a more indelible mark on America's musical landscape than Charlie Daniels. An outspoken patriot, beloved mentor, and a true road warrior, Daniels parlayed his passion for music into a multi-platinum career and a platform to support the military, underprivileged children, and others in need. The Charlie Daniels Band has long populated radio with memorable hits and his signature song, "The Devil Went Down to Georgia." Over the course of his career, Daniels received numerous accolades, including his induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Musicians Hall of Fame and becoming a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Daniels helped to shine the spotlight on the many causes that are close to his heart. He was a staunch supporter of the military and gave his time and talent to numerous charitable organizations, including The Journey Home Project, that he founded in 2014 with his manager, David Corlew, to help veterans of the United States Armed Forces.

 

REACTION FROM EDDIE MONTGOMERY OF MONTGOMERY GENTRY:

"We just lost the greatest American hero I've ever known. He brought me and T-Roy to the game!!! I'm so proud that I got to call him a friend! My heart is truly broken. I'm so glad I got to talk to him last week. Rest easy, my brother."

 

 

REACTION FROM COLT FORD:

 

"I thought that 2020 could only get better and I was wrong. To hear that one of my heros has passed away, the great Charlie Daniels, has broken my heart. I can’t even put the words together. He was so special to the world not just as a musician, but as a man, a truly great human being.

Charlie has been so good to me over my career. I have been so lucky to share the stage with him many times. I can’t imagine this world without him. I have had many talks with him about music, about life, and about how to treat people. He stood up for this country, he stood up for what was right, he stood up for his faith. He did what he said -- he was everything I want be and still want to be. I will never get over you not being here, Uncle Charlie. There has never been anyone like you. There will never be another. I love you, Charlie. Rest Easy. You are and will always be the BEST." 



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