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July 09, 2020

Larry the Cable Guy Pays Tribute to Charlie Daniels Following His Death at 83

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The world of entertainment mourns the passing of Charlie Daniels, and Larry the Cable Guy posted a tribute to the country legend.

On July 6, 2020, country music lost one of its icons. Charlie Daniels passed away at the age of 83 in  Nashville's Summit Medical Center, the victim of a hemorrhagic stroke. 

An overwhelming flood of condolences and tributes inundated social media, including a post from comedian Daniel Lawrence Whitney, better known to audiences as Larry the Cable Guy.

Daniels, who had started playing music professionally as soon as he finished high school in 1955, was a gifted singer and a musician who played the guitar, the banjo, the mandolin, and the violin

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Charlie Daniels at the Kicker Country Stampede in 2018 | Source: Getty Images

A GOODBYE TO AN OLD FRIEND

Larry the Cable Guy shared a snap on Instagram that shows him standing next to Daniels who had his arm around his shoulder. 

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The country icon was wearing his white stetson and an elegant button-down burgundy shirt, while Larry sported his usual irreverent cap and a sleeveless T-shirt. The comedian captioned the post:

"Just heard the sad news. RIP Charlie."

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PASSING OF A LEGEND

Daniels, who had started playing music professionally as soon as he finished high school in 1955, was a gifted singer and a musician who played the guitar, the banjo, the mandolin, and the violin. His greatest hit was the 1979 single, "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," which became a #1 country hit and won him a Grammy Award for best country vocal performance.

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Daniels was also a talented songwriter and one of his songs, "It Hurts Me," was recorded by Elvis Presley in 1964. The names of the artists who have collaborated with Daniels reads like a who's-who of America's musical stars.

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CHARLIE DANIELS -- AN INSPIRATION

Daniels didn't just record his own music, he also worked with recording artists of the caliber of  Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, and Ringo Starr as a sessions musician. The Country Music Hall of Fame inductee is credited by country music's hottest new stars as an inspiration.

Brad Paisley and Charlie Daniels at the 2013 CMA Music Festival in 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee | Source: Getty Images

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TRIBUTES FROM THE STARS

Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Tim McGraw, and many more joined Larry the Cable Guy in bidding Charlie Daniels a heartfelt farewell on social media. Underwood wrote:

"I’m sad for the world and for his family...but I’m smiling a little because the angel band in Heaven just got themselves one heck of a fiddle player...see you again, one day, sweet Charlie Daniels. ❤️❤️❤️"

Charlie Daniels is survived by his wife of 57 years, Hazel Juanita Alexander, and their only child, son, Charles Edward Daniels Jr.

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