Musician Charlie Daniels, who gained fame for the song The Devil Went Down to Georgia, has died at the age of 83.
A formal statement said the Country Music Hall of Fame legend died on Monday at a hospital in Hermitage, Tennessee, following a stroke.
The musician had had a mild stroke in January 2010 and had a heart pacemaker fitted in 2013 and had continued to perform despite health difficulties.
Daniels was a singer, guitarist and fiddler, and worked for many years as a session musician, contributing to Bob Dylan's Nashville Skyline sessions, among many other guest appearances. He worked hard on the USA circuit, as well as undertaking European tours. He and his five-piece band would do upwards of 250 shows a year in the 1970s.
"I can ask people where they are from, and if they say 'Waukegan,’ I can say I’ve played there," Daniels quipped in 1998. "If they say ‘Baton Rouge,’ I can say I’ve played there. There’s not a city we haven’t played in."
Daniels performed at the White House, at the Super Bowl, and he also played for troops in the Middle East. He played a role as himself in the 1980 John Travolta movie, Urban Cowboy.
The Devil Went Down to Georgia was a big radio hit in Ireland and indeed around the world and the song featured in the UK top 20 pop charts. In his native USA, Charlie and his band won a Grammy for best country vocal performance by a duo or group.
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