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Charlie Daniels Celebrated 75th Birthday at Grand Ole Opry

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Charlie Daniels 75th BirthdayNashville, TN -- Opry member and country music/Southern rock stalwart Charlie Daniels celebrated his 75th birthday at the Opry this past weekend. During the show, Tennessee National Guard Major General Max Haston promoted Daniels to the Guard's rank of Brigadier General.

Daniels, who turned 75 on October 28, became a Grand Ole Opry member in 2008. During his 50+ year career, he has scored hits on rock, country, pop, and Christian charts. He has received numerous awards from the Country Music Association, Academy of Country Music, the Gospel Music Association, and has won a Grammy®.

Born in Wilmington, NC, Daniels was raised on a musical diet that included Pentecostal gospel, local bluegrass bands, rhythm & blues, and country music. His signature song, "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," topped both the country and pop charts, bringing him international acclaim. His volunteer spirit, support of American troops and down-to-earth philosophy have solidified his reputation as a true American patriot.

"Charlie is without a doubt one of the greatest all-around entertainers to have ever hit the Opry stage," said Pete Fisher, Opry vice president and general manager. When the night called for him to perform crowd favorites and to bring some of his best friends along for a milestone birthday celebration, you know you were in for two unforgettable shows.

The Opry returns to its most famous former home, the historic Ryman Auditorium, for a three-month winter run beginning tonight (Tues., Nov. 1) with appearances by Rascal Flatts, Rodney Atkins, and more. Others scheduled to appear in November and December include Dierks Bentley, Emmylou Harris, Civil Wars, Marshall Tucker Band, Charley Pride, Darius Rucker, Josh Turner, Keith Urban, Daniels, and more.

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