Charlie Daniels, 1936-2020

The famed country music singer and fiddler Charlie Daniels, an early supporter of Vietnam Veterans of America, died yesterday (July 6, 2020) after suffering a hemorrhagic stroke at age 83. Daniels, who was voted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2016, had been a Grand Ole Opry cast member in 2008.

The man the Nashville Tennessean called “a bearded embodiment of fast-fiddlin’ Southern life” and his band had a top-25 hit with “Still in Saigon,”  a song about a returning Vietnam War veteran’s struggles, in 1982, the same year Daniels gave a much-needed benefit concert for VVA, following in the footsteps of Bruce Springsteen and Pat Benatar.


July 7, 2020



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