IN MEMORIAM -CHARLIE DANIELS
Some of MotometerCentral™'s friends, family and fans can be counted among celebrities, elite car owners, members of the motor sports community and prominent politicians. From time -to- time we have the unfortunate task of marking their passing from this life to the next.
We take serious the relationships that we share with the many people whom we are or have been fortunate to encounter especially those who generously gave to us their time and resources. So, we deem it important to let our website visitors know that we experienced the sorrowful loss of a friend or contributors to our hearts, well-being, camaraderie or knowledge base as the case may be.
Herein we mark their passing and express our joy for knowing them and sadness for losing them.
On July 6th, 2020 we learned of the passing of celebrity, multiple Music Hall of Fame inductee, Charlie Daniels, friend and associate of our Founder, Francis G. Clax.
Charles Edward Daniels was born on October 28, 1936 in Wilmington, North Carolina. Charlie died on July 6, 2020, of a hemorrhagic stroke at the age of 83 at Summit Medical Center in Nashville.
Charlie famously lead his namesake “Charlie Daniels Band” from 1974 to recent years whereupon his heath began to suffer.
Charlie first came to notice by MotometerCentral’s™ Founder, Francis G. Clax around 1974, while in High School, when the band emerged with its version of the super hit “Fire On The Mountain” made more famous by The Marshall Tucker Band. Francis ultimately became friends of Charlie and both bands.
Charlie was a highly accomplished multi-instrument playing musician. He excelled at playing flute; guitar, whether lead or rhythm; and, violin using the “fiddlin’ style as he referred to it. Francis, a former musician himself recalls, “After hearing Charlie play on Marshall Tucker’s original version of “Fire On The Mountain,”Having been classically trained to play violin, viola and cello, if, I knew that it was allowed to play a violin like (he did) I would have stuck with it longer.
In June of 2002, Francis finally got the chance to meet Charlie at the Republic of Texas Motorcycle Rally in Austin, Texas where Charlie and his Blue Hat Record Company agreed to let Francis and his television Production Company videotape and record the band’s concert performance as a part of Francis’ “This Is Motorcycling!” TV Show. Francis aired the entire rally event show in two parts with Charlie and the band appearing in the first one-hour episode. The above images of Charlie playing violin are from that event as video captured by Francis.
Charlie and the entire band were very accommodating and maintained contact thereafter.
Charlie’s personal favorite song of his many hits surprisingly was not his mega hit, “The Devil Went Down To Georgia” but, the gospel song “How Great Thou Art” followed by “Orange Blossom Special.” Charlie just enjoyed playing, singing and performing. He was also quick with a smile, a joke, a chuckle and a kind gesture.
As we say goodbye to Charlie, a friend of the MotometerCentral™ family, we extend our sincerest condolences to his family and other friends and thank Charlie for the music that he created, gave and shared.