The Recording Academy released an official statement on the passing of Charlie Daniels’ keyboardist and vocalist Joel “Taz” DiGregorio. Joel died in a single-car crash on Wednesday on his way to meet up with the tour bus for dates this weekend. He co-wrote many of the band’s biggest hits, including “The Devil Went Down To Georgia.” He was 67 years old.
The band were on their way to perform at the Cumming County Fair in Cumming, Georgia. That date, as well as their scheduled appearance at the Waterbury Palace Theater on October 15th have both been cancelled.
GRAMMY Award® winner Joel “Taz” DiGregorio greatly influenced southern rock and country music with a career that spanned almost half a century as an integral member of the Charlie Daniels Band. A self-taught keyboardist with deep bluesy roots, DiGregorio used his natural gift for creating melodies to co-write many of the band’s songs, including their biggest hit, “The Devil Went Down To Georgia,” which earned the group worldwide recognition. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family, friends, band mates and fans, as well as all who have been inspired by his music and live performances.
The Recording Academy®
The Charlie Daniels Band were planning on performing at the Grand Ole Opry for Charlie Daniels’ 75th birthday on October 29th.