On This Day: Charlie Daniels Joins Dick Clark’s Rockin New Year’s Eve in 1980

by Madison Miller

The Charlie Daniels Band was the main event at the Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve in 1980.

They were joined by other guests like Billy Preston, Syreeta, Ambrosia, Chuck Berry, and Barry Manilow. Greg Evigan and Charlene Tilton hosted the show.

As for tradition, Dick Clark counted down until midnight in the heart of New York’s Times Square.

According to Concert Archives, the performance in 1980 is the only New Year’s Eve event for the band. In 1995 they performed on Dec. 30 with the Oak Ridge Boys.

Past Performances from Charlie Daniels Band

The band has done a number of other holiday performances in the past, however. In 2009, they released “Joy to the World: A Bluegrass Christmas.” It included songs like “Christmas Time’s A-Comin,” “O Come All Ye Faithful,” “Silent Night,'” and other holiday classics.

Charlie Daniels himself started writing in the late 1950s. Eventually, he co-wrote, “It Hurts Me.” Elvis Presley recorded it for the flip side of “Kissin Cousins.”

In 1972, the Charlie Daniels Band came together. They joined the ranks of other Southern bands in the country wave. The group performed together for years. Along the way, Daniels also released a Christian album for Sparrow Records called “The Door.”

Besides performing holiday classics and ringing in the New Year, the Charlie Daniels Band has had other key performances along the way.

According to his official website, for example, in 2004 the group performed for soldiers in Germany and Kosovo, with the help of the Tennessee National Guard. The next year, they were a part of Super Bowl XXXIX “Bridging Generations.” They played alongside people like Gretchen Wilson and the Black Eyed Peas.

He was closely aligned with veteran affairs and even started The Journey Home Project.

On New Year’s Day in 2007, Charlie Daniels performed the National Anthem at the Outback Bowl in Tampa, Florida.

Daniels had shown up for a variety of events from football to fundraisers to live performances throughout his career. Unfortunately, the legendary country artist passed away in July from a stroke at the age of 83.