Get to Know Charlie Daniels

Get to Know Charlie Daniels

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Meet Country music star Charlie Daniels, lead singer of The Charlie Daniels Band. The Carolina native has been an icon in the genre for nearly 50 years!

Get to know Charlie Daniels through these interesting facts!


1.) Charlie recently celebrated his 80th birthday. He was born on October 28, 1936, in Wilmington, North Carolina.


2.) Daniels’ favorite activities include hunting, fishing, and skydiving. His favorite traveling memories are a trip to Israel and a fishing trip to Alaska.


3.) Charlie Daniels has survived numerous dangerous health conditions, but continues to perform. In 2001, he beat cancer. Daniels also suffered a stroke, at the age of 73, which sidelined him from music briefly.


4.) 37 years ago, Charlie sustained an intense arm injury. Because he broke 3 bones in his arm, as well as 2 fingers, Daniels took a short break from music in the early 1980’s.


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5.) When he graduated high school in 1955, the gifted teenager possessed the ability to play guitar, mandolin, fiddle, and banjo.


6.) Daniels has been happily married to his wife, Hazel, since 1963. They have one son, Charlie Daniels Jr. The couple reside together in Mount Juliet, Tennessee.


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7.) Charlie Daniels played guitar on three Bob Dylan albums during the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. During his time with Dylan, Charlie realized his gift from God. His ability to entertain. Since then, Daniels has never looked back.


8.) Within the past year, Daniels was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. The museum also dedicated an entire exhibit to him.


9.) The Country Music star has been featured in numerous commercials. UPS and the NRA used Daniels to promote their brand. However, Charlie’s most famous commercial is the Geico advertisement seen below. “Does Charlie Daniels play a mean fiddle?”



10.) Although Charlie Daniels never met Elvis Presley, he did write a song for Elvis that Presley recorded. When asked about the impact Presley’s decision to record his song had on him, Daniels said it was, “The biggest thing that had ever happened to me in my life.”


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