Country Throwback: Charlie Daniels Band’s ‘Million Mile Reflections’ Certified Double Platinum 34 Years Ago Today

by Josh Lanier
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The Charlie Daniels Band is celebrating a milestone. Thirty-four years ago today, their album Million Mile Reflections went double platinum, meaning they sold two million copies.

The album features The Devil Went Down To Georgia (Reprise), Mississippi, and Blind Man. Charlie Daniels Band went on to sell four million copies of Million Mile Reflections since its release in 1979.

Now, the band celebrates the anniversary on Instagram.

“ON THIS DAY in 1986, the CDB’s ‘Million Mile Reflections’ album was certified double platinum for sales in excess of two million copies sold, to date it has sold close to 4 million copies. – Buy/Stream/Download here: https://smarturl.it/CDB_MMR – TeamCDB/BW,” they captioned the photo of the album cover.

‘Million Mile Reflections’ reached No. 1 on the Billboard Country Album chart and No. 5 in the Billboard Top 200, which was mostly unheard of for a country act at the time. Rock and disco albums dominated the charts in 1979.

Charlie Daniels Band’s Album Sales Pushed by Hit Song

There’s a reason why Million Mile Reflections sold four million copies. The Devil Went Down to Georgia was a bona fide smash hit when the band released it in 1979. It reached No. 3 on the Billboard Top 100 charts, falling behind only After the Love was Gone by Earth, Wind and Fire and The Knacks’ My Sharona.

Bluegrass fiddle player Vassar Clements originally wrote the melody. He called it Lonesome Fiddle Blues. Daniels played guitar in Clements’ band. Four years after its release, Daniels decided to raise the song an octave and add some lyrics about a fiddle contest between the devil and Johnny.

When the band first performed the song at Volunteer Jam in the Nashville Auditorium in 1979, the crowd went crazy for it. Daniels knew he had a hit.

Daniels died this summer at age 83 from a hemorrhagic stroke. Every obituary for the Country Music Hall of Famer mentioned Devil Went Down to Georgia.

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