"The Devil Went Down to Georgia" Turns 40!
Nashville, Tenn. (May 16, 2019) — Country Music Hall of Famer Charlie Daniels is celebrating big this month (May 21st) as his genre-crossing hit song "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" reaches its 40th year of being the most impactful fiddle-centric song to ever be released.
"People ask me if I imagined 'The Devil Went Down To Georgia' would be the success it has been," says Daniels. "My answer is I had no idea that forty years after the fact we would still be talking about it almost as if it was a new release."
A worldwide phenomenon, the track became a household name as no one had ever released a song with a storyline so colorful or with the fiddle as the star. Daniels' aggressive yet strategic performance launched The Charlie Daniels Band into stardom upon the song's release in May of 1979.
With "Devil" hitting its 40th anniversary, Daniels stopped by CMT's Hot 20 Countdown to talk about the song's impact, legacy, and never-ending popularity, even to this day.
"The Best There's Ever Been... For Forty Years!"
Watch the CMT segment HERE.
"The Devil Went Down to Georgia" song facts:
About Charlie Daniels
From his Dove Award-winning gospel albums to his genre-defining southern rock anthems and his CMA Award-winning country hits, few artists have left a more indelible mark on America's musical landscape than Charlie Daniels. An outspoken patriot, beloved mentor, and still a road warrior at age 82, Daniels has parlayed his passion for music into a multi-platinum career and a platform to support the military, underprivileged children, and others in need. The Charlie Daniels Band has long populated radio with memorable hits and his signature song, "The Devil Went Down to Georgia." Over the course of his career, Daniels has received numerous accolades, including his induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Musicians Hall of Fame and becoming a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Daniels helps to shine the spotlight on the many causes that are close to his heart. He's a staunch supporter of the military and lends his time and talent to numerous charitable organizations, including The Journey Home Project, that he founded in 2014 with his manager, David Corlew, to help veterans of the United States Armed Forces.
Check out the TDWDTG 40th Anniversary page at www.charliedaniels.com HERE.