Charlie Daniels Band Posts Throwback to Volunteer Jam VI Concert Featuring Willie Nelson, Ted Nugent, and Other Stars

by Charles Craighill
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Starting in 1974, the Charlie Daniels Band hosted a volunteer jam concert that featured many large acts in the country and rock music world. 41 years ago today, they hosted the sixth edition of this Volunteer Jam featuring an all-star cast. In the 1980 edition, the Charlie Daniels Band shared the stage with names like Willie Nelson, Ted Nugent, and also the Allman Brothers Band.

In an Instagram post today, they reminded us of that legendary evening. The event took place on January 12 of 1980 at the Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. They also included a photograph of the album cover which had snippets of all of the performing acts.

“ON THIS DAY,” The Charlie Daniels Band reminded their fans in the Instagram post. “In 1980, Volunteer Jam VI was held at Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, TN. The CDB’s special guests were Ted Nugent Ray Price, Crystal Gale, Al Kooper, Dobie Gray, Mickey Gilley, Willie Nelson, The Allman Brothers Band, Rufus Thomas, Elvin Bishop, Bobby Jones & New Life and many more.”

Many of the Volunteer Jams over the years featured some of the band’s close friends. For example, Dickie Betts and Chuck Leavell of the Allman Brothers Band for several years. Leavell even returned with his separate band, Sea Level for several years. Ted Nugent also returned on several occasions to the Volunteer Jam after his premier appearance in 1980.

Charlie Daniels Co-Writes Elvis Presley’s “It Hurts Me”

However, the Volunteer Jam wasn’t the only thing to happen on this day in history for the Charlie Daniels Band. Also on this day in 1964, Elvis Presley released the song “It Hurst Me,” co-written by Charlie Daniels. While Elvis recorded the song, he did not have much of a hand in writing it. In fact, Charlie Daniels co-wrote it with Bob Johnston, but Presley picked it up to record later on. At one point Charlie Daniels told the story of “It Hurts Me.

“We just went on, and we finished it up, and Bob did a demo on it, and the company that he was writing for at the time, Hill and Range was the parent company, handled Elvis Presley Music and Gladys Music, which was Elvis Presley’s two companies.”

The late singer continues, “Elvis came to town. He picked it up and held it for almost a year in what was called his portfolio. You know, they’d pick songs out for Elvis and when he’d go in to record, he’d review them, and if he liked it, he’d do it. So anyway, he recorded it, and it was by far the biggest thing that had ever happened to me in my life.”