Country Throwback: Late Icon Charlie Daniels Predicted What Would Happen After His Death in 1984 Interview

by Jennifer Shea

Country music icon Charlie Daniels harbored no illusions about what would happen after his death.

In a 1984 interview, Daniels shared some of the wisdom he had acquired over the years. He also offered his prediction about the impact his death would have on the world.

Charlie Daniels Predicted What Would Happen After He Died

“I’m no big deal,” Daniels said. “I’m just a guitar picker and a fiddle player, that’s all I am. The world would turn very finely without Charlie Daniels. The world would keep on spinning and you know, maybe some people would take off their hats off and say ‘we’ll miss you’ or something like that but it ain’t gonna slow this world down at all.”

Moreover, Daniels said he treated his crew – not just his band – like a family. He also advised young musicians to do the same.

“The advice I have for you if you’re watching this show is get you some people that want the same thing that you do and treat them like family,” he said. “Know their names. Don’t get the big head.”

Daniels maintained a humble, down-to-earth personality despite his success. And his modesty paid dividends in the form of support from the entire crew, which fed the musical success of his whole operation.

“There is no way in this world that just the 5 musicians that we got could’ve accomplished what we’ve managed to accomplish over the years if we hadn’t had the support that we’ve had,” Daniels added. 

Supporting Veterans’ Causes

The country musician won a Grammy in 1979 for his hit song “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.” Furthermore, he joined the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2016.

During his lifetime, Daniels was a strong supporter of veterans’ causes. He co-founded The Journey Home Project, which aims to offset cuts to veterans programs by the federal government by linking donors to effective veterans’ organizations.

Daniels died this past summer at age 83 of a hemorrhagic stroke. Over the course of his career, he worked with Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, George Harrison and other artists.

Meanwhile, the musician’s estate has continued to update fans on tributes and sales of Charlie Daniels memorabilia through his website.

His estate recently announced that The Journey Home Project will continue to forge ahead with the mission Daniels launched. His wife Hazel has also joined the nonprofit’s board in Daniels’ absence.