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Charles Edward Daniels (born October 28, 1936) is a very popular country singer. He was born on in Wilmington, North Carolina, and began writing and performing in the 1950s. In addition to country music, he performed rock and jazz. He now resides in Mount Juliet, Tennessee, where the city has named a park after the music legend.

In 1964, Daniels sold a song "It Hurts Me" to Elvis Presley. Daniels recorded his first solo album, Charlie Daniels, in 1970. His first hit, "Uneasy Rider", came off his 1972 second album, Honey in the Rock. In 1974, Daniels organized the first in a series of Volunteer Jam concerts. Daniels won a Grammy for Best Country Vocal in 1979 for "The Devil Went Down to Georgia". Other Daniels' hits include "In America", "The South's Gonna Do It", "Long Haired Country Boy", "Still in Saigon", and "The Legend of Wooley Swamp".

Daniels was an early supporter of Jimmy Carter's presidential bid and performed at his inauguration. In 2003, Daniels published an Open Letter to the Hollywood Bunch in defense of George W. Bush's Iraq policy. His 2003 book Ain't No Rag: Freedom, Family, and the Flag contains this letter as well as many other personal statements.


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His 2003 book Ain't No Rag: Freedom, Family, and the Flag contains this letter as well as many other personal statements. Earth Wind & Fire was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000, and into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2003. Bush's Iraq policy. The albums first single is "Show Me the Way", featuring Raphael Saadiq [1] (http://www.philipbailey.com/). In 2003, Daniels published an Open Letter to the Hollywood Bunch in defense of George W. A new album, Illuminated, is scheduled for release in 2005. Daniels was an early supporter of Jimmy Carter's presidential bid and performed at his inauguration. In the summer of 2004, Earth, Wind & Fire signed an exlusive record deal with Sanctuary Urban Records Group, owned by Matthew Knowles, father and manager of pop star Beyoncé.

Other Daniels' hits include "In America", "The South's Gonna Do It", "Long Haired Country Boy", "Still in Saigon", and "The Legend of Wooley Swamp". The Promise received good reveiws upon its release, and was first issued in the United States and Japan; it was issued in Europe in early 2004. Daniels won a Grammy for Best Country Vocal in 1979 for "The Devil Went Down to Georgia". Maurice White released two new Earth, Wind & Fire albums on his own label, Kalimba Records, in 2002: Live In Rio, a live album from a 1980 tour, and The Promise, the band's first all-new studio album in six years. In 1974, Daniels organized the first in a series of Volunteer Jam concerts. Five years later, Maurice White was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease. His first hit, "Uneasy Rider", came off his 1972 second album, Honey in the Rock. In 1993, saxonphonist Don Myrick was fatally shot by the Los Angeles Police Department in a case of mistaken identity.

Daniels recorded his first solo album, Charlie Daniels, in 1970. The band continued to periodically release new albums, including 1990's Heritage and 1993's Millennium in 1993. In 1964, Daniels sold a song "It Hurts Me" to Elvis Presley. A 1987 Earth, Wind & Fire reunion was a mild success, but the band was never able to return to the kind of success they had achieved in the 1970s. He now resides in Mount Juliet, Tennessee, where the city has named a park after the music legend. White disbanded Earth, Wind & Fire in 1983 after Electric Universe was released to poor sales and reviews. In addition to country music, he performed rock and jazz. Two years later, the band released the critically acclaimed I Am with the mainstream ballad "After The Love Is Gone". After the releases of Faces (1980) and Raise! (1981), which featured the popular single "Let's Groove", the band's success started to wane.

He was born on in Wilmington, North Carolina, and began writing and performing in the 1950s. Earth Wind & Fire released Spirit in 1976; and had hits with singles such as "Getaway" and "Imagine." In 1977, the group released another classic album, All 'N All, featuring songs such as "I Write A Song", "Serpentine Fire", "Love's Holiday", and the pop hit "Fantasy." Not long after its release, producer and songwriter Charles Stepney died of a heart attack. Charles Edward Daniels (born October 28, 1936) is a very popular country singer. New studio hits such as "Sing A Song" and "Can't Hide Love" were also included. Also in 1975, Earth, Wind & Fire released Gratitude, a live album which featured performances of singles from previous albums such as "Sun Goddess" with jazz legend Ramsey Lewis, "Shining Star", and the quiet storm classic "Reasons". Though the film was not a success, the song "Shining Star" became a huge mainstream hit and launched the band's career.

Earth, Wind & Fire's true breakthrough, however, came in the form of the soundtrack to That's the Way of the World in 1975. The Head to the Sky album (1973) was a moderate success, but 1974's Open Our Eyes was a major hit. At this time, Claves, Lawsm and Bautista left the band, and Andrew Woolfolk, Al McKay, and Johnny Graham were added to the lineup. The new line-up was signed to CBS Records by Clive Davis and released Last Days and Time without much success.

In 1972, White dissolved the line-up (minus himself and brother Verdine White), and added Jessica Cleaves (vocals),Ronnie Laws (flute, saxophone), Larry Dunn (keyboard), Ralph Johnson (percussion) and Philip Bailey (vocals, formerly of Friends & Love). However, neither album was commercially successful. Their self-titled debut album, Earth, Wind & Fire, was released in 1970 to great critical acclaim, as was The Need of Love (1971). White moved his band to Los Angeles, California and changed its name to "Earth, Wind & Fire".

After spending time as a member of the Ramsey Lewis Trio, he formed a band called The Salty Peppers and signed to Capitol Records, releasing a regionally successful single called "La La Time". Bandleader Maurice White began his recording career as a session drummer, working for Chess Records. Led by Maurice White, they are best known for their hits of the 1970s, among them "After the Love is Gone", "Reasons", and "Shining Star". Earth, Wind & Fire is a legendary American funk band, formed in Chicago in 1969.

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