Charlie Daniels – Beloved Legendary Musician, Staunch Supporter of Military Personnel, and a Giving Heart
By Space Coast Daily // July 6, 2020
ABOVE VIDEO: Charlie Daniels has performed in Brevard County five times over the last 20 years at the Space Coast State Fair and Space Coast Seafood Festival. Above, Daniels performs at Space Coast Daily Park in Viera during the 2019 Seafood Festival.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Country music and southern rock legend Charlie Daniels has passed.
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry member died this morning at Summit Medical Center in Hermitage, Tennessee.
Doctors determined the cause of death was a hemorrhagic stroke. He was 83.
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.
Charlie Daniels once famously said, “I learned early in my life that only two things protected America, the grace of Almighty God and the United States Military. It was that way then, it is that way now and will forever be that way as long as America remains a free and sovereign nation.”
The news of Charlie’s death strikes hard for Brevard County, which became a frequent stop for Daniels over the years.
Daniels made five appearances to Brevard County, where he performed at events like the Space Coast State Fair and most recently, the Space Coast Seafood and Music Fest at Space Coast Daily Park in 2019.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Charlie Daniels,” said Giles Malone, partner at Maverick Multimedia Inc. and Brevard Production Inc.
“Of all the performers that we have hosted over the last 25 years, Charlie Daniels was a true gentleman, a true patriot and loved coming to Brevard county to entertain our country music fans. Charlie will be sorely missed.”
— Wynonna (@Wynonna) July 6, 2020
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
“To be able to be a member and to have my name linked with my heroes is some pretty heady stuff for a guy that loves music and loves the Grand Ole Opry as much as I do.” – Charlie Daniels
Charlie, thank you for all of the music and joy you’ve given us. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/oecnKL2c19
— Grand Ole Opry (@opry) July 6, 2020
I have a heavy heart today, one of my best friends and a country music legend has passed away, Charlie Daniels was a great guy, l loved him like so many others did, RIP my dear old friend!
— Darrell Waltrip (@AllWaltrip) July 6, 2020
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
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
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
The country music flag is flying at half mast today. RIP Charlie Daniels.
— Luke Combs 🎤 (@lukecombs) July 6, 2020
(1/3) The world knew @CharlieDaniels as a wizard with a fiery fiddle. A legendary musician. A true American icon. But, to his NRA family, Charlie was all that and a lot more. We knew and loved Charlie as an outspoken patriot whose passion for freedom was unparalleled. pic.twitter.com/UXkuabNY3B
— NRA (@NRA) July 6, 2020
— Franklin Graham (@Franklin_Graham) July 6, 2020
Rest In Peace Charlie Daniels. To Charlie’s family, you will forever remain in our hearts and prayers. Charlie will now be one of the great warriors fighting for America and bringing his music to heaven🙏🇺🇸
— General Flynn (@GenFlynn) July 6, 2020
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