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Charlie Daniels and his band were hugely successful country/rock artists during the late '70s and early '80s and remain a popular concert attraction today.
It all started in 1969 when Daniels moved to Nashville to find work as a session guitarist. He broke through as a record maker himself with 1973's "Honey in the Rock" and its hit song "Uneasy Rider." His rebel anthems "Long Haired Country Boy" and "The South's Gonna Do It" propelled his 1975 collection "Fire on the Mountain" to double platinum status.
Epic Records signed Daniels to its rock roster in 1976. The contract, reportedly worth $3 million, was the largest ever given to a Nashville act up to that time. In the summer of 1979, Daniels returned the company's favor with "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," which became a platinum single, topped both country and pop charts, won a Grammy Award, became an international phenomenon, earned three Country Music Association trophies and propelled Daniel's "Million Mile Reflections" album to triple platinum sales levels.
Daniels had several rock crossover successes in the years following "Million Mile Reflections." "Full Moon" went platinum in 1980 and 1982's "Windows" went gold.
Although he continued to sell records steadily throughout the '80s, he didn't have another big hit until 1989's "Simple Man," which went gold.
In April 1998, top stars and two former presidents paid tribute to Daniels when he was named the recipient of the Pioneer Award at the Academy of Country Music's annual ceremonies.
"Live From Iraq" and "Deuces" were released in 2007. In November 2007, Daniels was also invited by Martina McBride to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry and was inducted during a ceremony in 2008.