Every now and then, you’ll come across a generational talent, who completely flips the music world upside down.
A man named Charlie Daniels, who was born on this date back in 1936, one was of those talents.
Daniels first got his start back in 1958, and predominantly worked a session musician in Nashville in the early ’60s. He played on a number of Bob Dylan records as well as Leonard Cohen tunes, and fiddle for Marshall Tucker Band records.
And then, in 1971, he released his debut, self-titled record, Charlie Daniels… and the solo career was born.
Combining rock n’ roll with country music, as well as inspirations from bluegrass, jazz, blues and gospel, Charlie Daniels career spanned decades, bringing us hits like “The Devil Went Down To Georgia,” “Long Haired Country Boy,” and more.
He was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2008, the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in 2009,and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2016.
So in honor of what would be Daniels’ 85th birthday, let’s revisit some of his greatest hits: