The Charlie Daniels Band performs “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” Live On Solid Gold 1982.

Reaching # 1 on the U.S Hot Country Songs charts, it remained a total of 21 weeks on the charts. On the Canada Top Singles charts, it also peaked at # 1. The song was included on The Charlie Daniels Band's tenth studio album, Million Mile Reflections (Epic 1979)

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The Devil Went Down to Georgia

Single cover The Charlie Daniels Band ( Epic 1979 )
Single cover The Charlie Daniels Band ( Epic 1979 )

“The Devil Went Down to Georgia”, song written and recorded by The Charlie Daniels Band for the Epic label, in February 1979, at Woodland Sound Studio, 1011 Woodland St., Nashville, TN, at the song recording session and the album, included: Charlie Daniels (vocal, guitar and fiddle), Tom Crain (guitar and background vocal), Charles Hayward (bass), Fred Edwards and James W. Marshall (drums and percussion), Taz DiGregorio (keyboards and background vocal) and Lea Jane Singers (background vocal). With the production of John Boylan, the song was released on May 21, 1979, on August 25, 1979, reaching # 1 on the U.S Hot Country Songs charts, it remained a total of 21 weeks on the charts. On the Canada Top Singles charts, it also peaked at # 1 on September 8, 1979, for two consecutive weeks. It was the first and only number one in the band’s career.

The song was included on The Charlie Daniels Band’s tenth studio album, Million Mile Reflections (Epic 1979), the album was released on April 20, 1979, on September 1 reached # 1 on the US Top charts Country Albums, and remaining a total of 95 weeks on the charts. On the Canadian RPM Country Albums charts, it peaked at # 2. The album was certified triple platinum in the USA and platinum in Canada.



The song was included in two soundtracks:

Urban Cowboy (Paramount Pictures 1981)
Urban Cowboy (Paramount Pictures 1981)

Urban Cowboy (Paramount Pictures 1981), the film was released on June 6, 1981, its main actors were: John Travolta , Debra Winger, Scott Glenn, Barry Corbin and Madolyn Smith. Charlie Daniels appears playing the song “ The Devil Went Down to Georgia ” .The soundtrack reached # 1 on the charts of US Top Country Albums, and # 2 on the charts of Canadian RPM Country Albums.

Coyote Ugly (Buena Vista Pictures 2000 ), the movie was released on August 4, 2000, its main actors were: Piper Perabo, Adam Garcia, Maria Bello, Melanie Lynskey, Bridget Moynahan, John Goodman and Tyra Banks. The soundtrack was released on August 1, 2000, was internationally successful, reached # 1 in the USA, Canada and Australia, and top ten in: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Switzerland,

About the song:

Charlie Daniels said the idea for this song came from a poem he read in high school called The Mountain Whippoorwill by Stephen Vincent Benet. Daniels said, “We had come in and rehearsed, written and recorded the music for our Million Mile Reflections album, and suddenly we said, ‘We don’t have a violin song.’ I don’t know why we didn’t find that out, but we went out and had a couple of days off from the recording studio, we went to a rehearsal studio and I had the idea: ‘The devil came down to Georgia.
Vassar Clements originally wrote the basic melody one octave lower, in a song called “Lonesome Fiddle Blues”, released on Clements’ self-titled 1975 album in which Charlie Daniels played the guitar. The band Charlie Daniels raised it an octave and put words to it. The verses of the song are closer to being spoken than sung (i.e. recitation). The song is a perfect fusion of three styles, Bluegrass, country and country rock.



Lp cover The Charlie Daniels Band ( Epic 1979 )
Lp cover The Charlie Daniels Band ( Epic 1979 )

Some versions:

Cotton Mill Boys 1979 (Hawk)
Showdown 1980 (Damon)
Jerry Reed 1981 (RCA Victor)
Jana Jae 1982 (Lark Records)
Tommy Cash 1982 (51 West)
Lynn Anderson 1983 (CBS Special Products)
The Shoppe 1985 (Not Lebel)
Jennifer Weatherly 2004 (JK)
Laurette Canyon 2016 (LCM)

 





The Charlie Daniels Band – The Devil Went Down to Georgia Lyrics

The Devil went down to Georgia. He was lookin’ for a soul to steal
He was in a bind ’cause he was way behind. He was willing to make a deal
When he came across this young man sawin’ on a fiddle and playin’ it hot
And the Devil jumped upon a hickory stump and said “Boy, let me tell you what.”

“I guess you didn’t know it, but I’m a fiddle player, too
And if you’d care to take a dare I’ll make a bet with you
Now you play a pretty good fiddle, boy, but give the Devil his due
I’ll bet a fiddle of gold against your soul ’cause I think I’m better than you.”

The boy said, “My name’s Johnny, and it might be a sin
But I’ll take your bet, and you’re gonna regret, ’cause I’m the best there’s ever been.”

Johnny, rosin up your bow and play your fiddle hard
‘Cause Hell’s broke loose in Georgia and the Devil deals the cards
And if you win you get this shiny fiddle made of gold
But if you lose the devil gets your soul

The Devil opened up his case and he said, “I’ll start this show.”
And fire flew from his fingertips as he rosined up his bow
And he pulled the bow across the strings and it made an evil hiss
And a band of demons joined in and it sounded something like this:

[Demonic violin piece]



When the Devil finished, Johnny said, “Well, you’re pretty good ol’ son
But sit down in that chair right there and let me show you how it’s done.”

“Fire on the Mountain” Run, boys, run!
The Devil’s in the house of the rising sun
Chicken’s in the bread pan picking out dough
Granny, does your dog bite? No, child, no

[Non-demonic violin piece]

The Devil bowed his head because he knew that he’d been beat
And he laid that golden fiddle on the ground at Johnny’s feet
Johnny said, “Devil, just come on back if you ever wanna try again
I done told you once–you son of a bitch–I’m the best there’s ever been.”
And he played:

“Fire on the Mountain” Run, boys, run!
The Devil’s in the house of the rising sun
Chicken’s in the bread pan picking out dough
Granny, will your dog bite? No, child, no

Single The Charlie Daniels Band ( Epic 1979 )
Single The Charlie Daniels Band ( Epic 1979 )

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