Post by Seldom Seen on Jul 6, 2020 11:55:40 GMT -5
Charlie Daniels passed today. I've seen him many times over the years. A few years ago he tossed his fiddle bow to my wife, who's also a huge fan, after the encore. He was a great American and a national treasure.
Love Charlie Daniels. The South’s Gonna Do it Again is one of my favorites. Saw him at the Wisconsin State Fair a number of years back. Not only could he play that fiddle , but he was also a heck of a guitar player too.
Post by fkaJimmySee on Jul 6, 2020 13:55:25 GMT -5
I was on the marketing staff at Epic Records in New York when my boss signed Charlie to our label. I was his product manager from the time of the signing until late 1979 when I left the company. Had a chance to travel with the band on their bus for several days across Montana and North Dakota. It was on that trip that I truly learned to appreciate the hierarchy among musicians -- the rock musicians mock the country guys -- and the country guys mock the polka bands. Always enjoyed working with the big guy and his management. He's one of those talents who was larger than life in many ways. We had an album from Charle while I was at Epic called Million Mile Reflections. So sad that Charlie has reached the end of that road. RIP
Post by fkaJimmySee on Jul 6, 2020 14:13:52 GMT -5
Charlie Daniels -- another million mile reflection.
The passing of Charlie Daniels and the outpouring of warmth here and elsewhere on the Internet from his fans, friends, and acquaintances, and really, pretty much anyone with whom he came into contact, reminds me of very spot-on advice given by a way more senior exec when I was just getting my start -- "You meet the same people on the way down as you do on the way up. How you treat those people on the way up goes a long way to how fast and hard the ride down goes."
Charlie treated everyone, from fans at shows, record company staff no matter how far flung, writers and all DJs, down to the guy who swept out the radio studios, in the most gracious and friendly way. He leaves an enormous legacy of good will that was earned from courtesy, respect, and good nature all along the way.
As a friend remarked earlier, we do not really know what he's up to in heaven, having already won the fiddle competition.
RIP, Charlie. All your success most deserved.
You're remembered fondly in the hearts of all you touched.
I have a friend who took him fishing several times here in Montana and said he was the most gracious famous person he had ever met. Sorry to hear about his passing. Jimmie, glad to see you found this place. Welcome back.
Post by rok-a-bill-e on Jul 6, 2020 15:22:38 GMT -5
Two little Charlie Daniels stories. First is my son has a friend who is the grandson of a famous record producer who had worked with Charlie, and he took the boys to a CDB concert back when they were in high school. Charlie got them folding chairs and they sat on stage for the entire show, which pretty much blew their minds. My encounter was back in college days when I somehow wound up sitting on the floor at Woodland Studio while Charlie was guesting on a NG Dirt Band album. I was sitting on the floor between Charle and Vassar Clements (fiddle genius). I was so mesmerized by Clements that I didn't notice Charlie getting up and he didn't see me, and so managed to conk me in the head pretty good with his guitar. Neither my noggin or his Martin had any visible damage so all was good, but we were both more concerned about his guitar than my head!
Post by NoSoapRadio on Jul 6, 2020 15:53:24 GMT -5
I only saw Charlie once. It was sometime in the late 70s - the Outlaws were the other act. It was the Cape Cod Colosseum which was a dump. It was a general admission show so everyone was packed into the floor in front of the stage. I honestly don't remember much about the performances because the venue was such a crap show. There were many fights, there was almost no security present, and the sound system sucked. It's a shame that that was my only live experience with him.
I've watched many performances and interviews with him over the years. He seemed like a real gentleman and professional.
It's good to see you Jimmy. I was disappointed that you departed the other site before you were able to give us a review of the McIntosh amp you bought. How did that work out for you?
RIP Charlie. Saw him a few times back in the day and just a couple of years ago on the Southern Uprising Tour with Travis Tritt headlining. Charlie absolutely tore it up. Was much better than Travis... at least as best as I can recall. There were 5 different bands and somebody had the brilliant idea of sneaking in airplane bottles of Jim Beam. It all got a little fuzzy towards the end. Good thing we had a designated driver.