Charlie Daniels Band Applauds ‘The Devil Went Down to Georgia’ Meme as ‘Pure Comedy Gold’

by Emily Morgan

Even though we lost the great Charlie Daniels in 2020, his band and family still manages to keep fans laughing on his behalf. 

On Monday, the late singer’s Twitter account cracked up fans when after posting a hilarious meme about the fiddle player’s signature song, “The Devil Went Down To Georgia.” 

“Pure comedy gold,” the band captioned the post. 

This past year, one of country music’s most familiar artists Charlie Daniels passed away in July at his Nashville home after suffering a hemorrhagic stroke. He was 83 years old.

Charlie Daniels Forever Remembered For Fierce Fiddle Playing

Long before that, in 1979, Daniels won his first, and only Grammy award for his signature hit: “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.” The classically chaotic song includes his fiery fiddle playing and his gruff vocals as he tells the tale we fondly remember years after Daniels recorded it. 

 “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” was also featured in the 1980 film Urban Cowboy. The band’s breakthrough LP was also certified triple platinum, and the film’s soundtrack went platinum shortly after its release.

The cross-over hit became a four-time nominee at the 1979 CMA Awards and would be named “Single of the Year.”

“I don’t know where the phrase ‘The Devil Went Down to Georgia’ came from or why it entered my mind that day in the rehearsal studio,” Charlie Daniels wrote in Never Look at the Empty Seats

“I don’t even know where the song idea came from… But when it started coming, it came in a gush. The band grabbed ahold, and when Taz DiGregorio came up with the signature keyboard lick behind the devil’s fiddle part, we knew we were on to something.”

In 2016, the Country Music Hall of Fame inducted Charlie Daniels as an official member. 

Charlie Daniels aligned himself with veterans’ causes during his life, culminating in 2014 when he co-founded The Journey Home Project, which aims to support veterans.