Saturday, October 6, 2012

Spook Rock: The Devil Went Down to Georgia (1979)

What would Halloween be without Charlie Daniels' "The Devil Went Down to Georgia"? Released in 1979 on the album, "Million Mile Reflections", "Devil", clearly inspired by the story, "The Devil & Daniel Webster", spins the yarn about Satan getting into a fiddling duel with a mortal musician named Johnny.

Unless I'm mistaken, "Devil" was Daniels' 1st hit on the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart, but Daniels was mostly a country artist by trade. This is one of two Halloween-themed songs on Daniels' resume. The other, "The Legend of Wooley Swamp", was released a year or two later on the album, "Full Moon".

Following is a live performance of "Devil" from the Grand Ole Opry, broadcast live on Great American Country (GAC), and introduced by Marty Stuart. Uploaded by the Opry's YouTube channel:

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