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DANIELS, Charlie

(b 28 Oct. '36, Wilmington NC) Guitar, fiddler, singer, bandleader. Country-rock outfit incl. Charles Hayward, bass; Taz DiGregorio, keyboards; James Marshall, drums; Tom Crain, guitar. Daniels formed band the Jaguars working clubs, honky tonks in Southwest; '67 moved to Nashville, sessioned on Bob Dylan's Nashville Skyline, Ringo Starr's Beaucoups Of Blues, also with Marty Robbins, Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs, etc. Missed the road; formed Charlie Daniels Band '71, signed to Kama Sutra label for pop hits 'Uneasy Rider' '73, 'The South's Gonna Do It' '75. Started annual event the Volunteer Jam in Nashville Jan. '74 featuring top stars with CDB as headliners. Album Fire On The Mountain '74 went gold. Switched to Epic '76, made impression with 'Wichita Jail' '76, 'Heaven Can Be Anywhere' '77; no. 1 country chart with 'The Devil Went Down To Georgia' '79, also pop hit USA and UK: led to awards incl. Single of the Year, Instrumentalist of the Year, Instrumental Group of the Year CMA '79, Touring Band of the Year ACM '80. Album Million Mile Reflections '79 big hit; there were further hit singles, and albums incl. Uneasy Rider '73, Volunteer Jam VI '80, Full Moon '81, Windows '82, Me And The Boys '85, Homesick Heroes '88, Renegade '91, America, I Believe In You '93. Moved to Liberty/Capitol and made country gospel albums. A new version of 'The Devil Went Down To Georgia' with Johnny Cash, Mary Stuart and Travis Tritt made the charts and a Grammy nom. '94; album Same Ol' Me '95 cut with Nashville session musicians rather than the CDB.