Country music legend Charlie Daniels dies aged 83

Charlie Daniels onstage in Memphis, May 29, 1981
(Image credit: Paul Natkin/WireImage)

Singer, songwriter, band leader and multi-instrumentalist Charlie Daniels, best known for his 1979 smash The Devil Went Down to Georgia, died in Nashville on June 6. Daniels, who suffered a hemorrhagic stroke, was 83.

Daniels was a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and played on three Bob Dylan albums, including the folk bard’s classic 1969 country crossover effort Nashville Skyline.

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.