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"The Devil" Gets Its Due

Charlie Daniels needed a "fiddle song," and in the space of an afternoon came up with one to beat the devil.

"My band and I were doing the album Million Mile Reflections," Charlie remembers, "when I realized we had gone in without a good fiddle song. We literally stopped recording, went into the rehearsal studio and wrote the song that afternoon."

Charlie titled the new song "The Devil Went Down To Georgia," a fast-moving story of a musical showdown between a young hotshot fiddler and ol' Lucifer himself. "Our keyboard player, Taz DiGregorio, came up with the song's bridge and Tommy Crain wrote the guitar parts," says Charlie. "Once we got into the recording of it, we felt like we had something."

That's an understatement. "The Devil Went Down To Georgia" debuted on the charts June 30, 1979, and smoked all the way to No. 1 in August. It also hit Top 5 on the pop charts, and over the years became a radio staple. "Fans still request the song at our concerts," says Charlie proudly. "It has definitely stood the test of time."