President Donald Trump posted on social media Tuesday night, July 7, 2020, to express his thoughts and offer his condolences regarding Charlie Daniels, who died on Monday, July 6, 2020. The 83-year-old fiddle player suffered a hemorrhagic stroke at the Summit Medical Center in Hermitage, Tennessee.
The President wrote via Twitter:
“We will miss GREAT Country Rocker, Charlie Daniels, who passed away yesterday in Hermitage, Tennessee. My condolences to his wife Hazel, and their family. Charlie is in my thoughts and prayers. I love his music!”
Trump included the hashtag #RIPCharlieDaniels at the end of his post.
We will miss GREAT Country Rocker, Charlie Daniels, who passed away yesterday in Hermitage, Tennessee. My condolences to his wife Hazel, and their family. Charlie is in my thoughts and prayers. I love his music! #RIPCharlieDaniels
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 7, 2020
Daniels was introduced into the Nashville music scene as a session player in the late 1960s and early ’70s, playing guitar, bass, fiddle and banjo on recordings by Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr, and Leonard Cohen. He also had success as an album producer during that time.
The biggest success of his career came as the leader of the Charlie Daniels Band which was established in 1974. Daniels assembled together a country-rock ensemble which featured Roy Acuff, Stevie Ray Vaughn, James Brown, and the Marshall Tucker Band.
Daniels was a honored member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Grand Ole Opry, as well as the Musicians Hall of Fame. His biggest hits included “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” “Simple Man,” “Long Haired Country Boy,” “Uneasy Rider,” “Drinkin’ My Baby Goodbye,” and many more.
Watch the video below from 1979 to see Charlie Daniels perform his biggest hit at Saratoga Springs, New York.