Radio veteran Jay Hamilton spent many years as a country music deejay, a program director, and a radio station promotions director (KMPS) in the Pacific Northwest. He first started playing country in the early ’70s at KBFW in Bellingham, and as a major market country DJ, he worked at KPOK in Portland and KMPS-AM&FM in Seattle. When Puget Sound Media learned today (July 6, 2020) that Country Legend and master fiddler Charlie Daniels passed away from a stroke at his ranch in Mount Juliet, Tennessee, we asked Jay for his thoughts on Charlie’s passing.
“Like all fans of Country Music I’m saddened to hear of the passing of Charlie Daniels. In my capacity as a Country deejay, I crossed paths with him a couple of times. He was always an engaging and friendly guy. I know most folks first thoughts, when his name is mentioned, think of his gigantic hit “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.” Personally, my first thoughts always go to the first time I became aware of this super talented songwriter/singer/musician. That was his appearance on Bob Dylan’s ‘Nashville Skyline‘ album.
“Then, about a year later, Charlie showed up again with his album ‘Honey in The Rock,’ with the talking blues number, ‘Uneasy Rider‘, which was the tale of a confrontation between a long-haired, peace-loving hippie and a bar full of antagonistic honky-tonkers. That song became a Top 10 Pop Hit and it was the beginning of Charlie’s tradition of recording hit songs… usually with some kind of novelty twist, including his redneck anthem “Long Haired Country Boy.” Charlie Daniels was a ‘good ol’ boy’ who contributed not only to Country, but to all kinds of music, and he will be sadly missed.“……Jay Hamilton
Since Jay brought up the song, here’s Charlie performing everybody’s favorite redneck anthem — “Long Haired Country Boy” on Ralph Emery’s “Nashville Now” TV show.