Charlie Daniel’s last on-camera interview aired this week, and the country music legend describes it for the first time that he has ever played music. In an excerpt from a new episode of Fox Nation Tracking! With John RichDaniels, who was recorded on June 16, revealed that the first two songs he ever learned were “You Are My Sunshine” and the old hymn “Kneel at the Cross”.
Daniels continues Rich: “I had music in my life. My father didn’t play an instrument, but he loved music very much and we listened to the radio all the time. And I used to sing with my father. He taught I would sing harmony. We would sing in his Driving a car; he would sing old songs. “Daniels continued:”
The legendary singer and songwriter then shared what it felt like to play for the first time. “My fingers, my goodness … they were like … they would get sore, but you have to keep playing, you know. And that was my first attitude when I started playing guitar, started playing music I was about 15 years old I think. “
Daniels died on Monday, and his representatives made a statement later that day. “Country music and southern rock legend Charlie Daniels have passed away. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry member died this morning at the Summit Medical Center in Hermitage, Tennessee,” the statement said. “Doctors determined that the cause of death was a hemorrhagic stroke. He was 83 years old.” The statement concluded: “Funeral arrangements will be announced in the coming days.”
Many of Daniel’s country music stars have since posted on social media to mourn his death. Luke Bryan tweeted: “I just found out about the death of this great man. What a hero. A true patriot, Christian and country music icon. Prayers to his family. Thank you for all your contributions on and off the stage. God bless you Charlie Daniels. “