Who is the country music icon in the photo?
Charles Edward Daniels (10/28/1936-7/6/2020 Wilmington, North Carolina) was an American singer and songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Daniels' music encompassed multiple genres in a career spanning five decades, including southern rock, country rock, country, bluegrass, blues, and gospel. He was best known for his number one country hit "The Devil Went Down to Georgia". Much of his output, including all of his eight 'Billboard' Hot 100 charting singles, was credited to the Charlie Daniel's Band.
His associated acts included The Marshall Tucker Band, and Bob Dylan among many others. Daniels was not only a vocalist but played the fiddle and guitar. Daniels was active as a singer and musician from the 1950s until his death in 2020. He was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2008, the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in 2009, and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2016.
His first hit, the novelty song "Uneasy Rider", was from his 1976 third album, 'Honey in the Rock' and reached No. 9 on the 'Billboard' Hot 100. In 1975, he had a top 30 hit as leader of the Charlie Daniels Band with the Southern rock self-identification anthem "The South's Gonna Do It Again".
Daniels released his most commercially successful album, 'Million Mile Reflections', 1977, which reached number five and was certified triple-platinum. Daniels won the Grammy Award for Best Country Vocal Performance in 1979 for "The Devil Went Down to Georgia".