Charlie Daniels: ‘When I Leave Tennessee I Want to Go to Heaven’

By Terence P. Jeffrey | July 6, 2020 | 2:46pm EDT
Charlie Daniels (Photo by Brownie Harris/Corbis via Getty Images)
Charlie Daniels (Photo by Brownie Harris/Corbis via Getty Images)

( - The great singer, songwriter and musician Charlie Daniels, who passed away today at the age of 83, once said that that the only place he wanted to live in more than Tennessee was heaven.

“So, in 1967, we moved to Nashville,” Daniels said in a 2017 interview with

“It was a tough move for a while,” he said.

“Nashville is probably, well, at least one of the most competitive music cities in the country,” he said. “You’re throwing your hat into the ring. And it took a while to get anything going, but that was probably the best move I ever made.

“I’d always wanted to live in Nashville,” Daniels said.

“I tell people now when I leave Tennessee I want to go to heaven,” he said. “It’s the only other place I want to live more than Tennessee.”

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