'The Devil Went Down to Georgia' by from the album 'Rainbow Ride' Released May 21, 1979, Length 3: 34 Charlie Daniels Tom Crain Fred Edwards Charles Hayward James W. Marshall singles chronology 'Trudy' (1978) ' The Devil Went Down to Georgia' (1979) ' (1979) 'Trudy' (1978) ' The Devil Went Down to Georgia' (1979) ' (1979) ' The Devil Went Down to Georgia' is a song written and performed by the and released on their 1979 album. The song is written in the key of.
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Originally wrote the basic an lowerin a tune called 'Lonesome Fiddle Blues' released on Clements' self-titled 1975 album on which Charlie Daniels played guitar. The Charlie Daniels Band moved it up an octave and put words to it. The song's verses are closer to being spoken rather than sung (i.e., ), and tell the story of a boy named Johnny, in a variant on the classic. The performances of and Johnny are played as instrumental bridges. The song was the band's biggest hit, reaching number three on the. It is featured in the 1980 film, whose choreographer, claims that she set the song's tempo.
'How fast can you dance it?' Daniels asked. 'How fast can you play it?' Swayze replied, but considering that the song was recorded in December 1978 and Urban Cowboy was filmed in 1979, it would have been impossible for Swayze to set the recorded song's tempo. This section possibly contains.
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Please by the claims made and adding. Statements consisting only of original research should be removed. (July 2016) The song is an uptempo song about the 's failed attempt to 'steal' a young man's through a -playing contest that involved enticing the young man's participation using a worldly prize. The song begins with a disappointed Devil arriving in, having stolen far fewer than expected, when he comes upon a fiddle-playing young man named Johnny. At that moment, Johnny happens to be playing his fiddle impressively 'hot.' Out of desperation, the Devil, who as it turns out also plays the fiddle, offers Johnny the which involves challenging the young man to a fiddle-playing contest.
The Devil offers to give Johnny a fiddle if the young man plays better than he does; otherwise, the Devil will gain Johnny's soul. Although Johnny believes taking the Devil's bet might be a, he wagers his soul without fear, confidently boasting he is 'the best that's ever been.' The Devil plays his fiddle first, to a contemporary, theme with the backing of musicians.
When the Devil's performance ends, Johnny compliments him and takes his own turn, making reference to four songs. Two are traditional songs of - 'Fire on the Mountain' (also the name of Daniels' 1974 album) and 'Granny Does Your Dog Bite?' (the latter traditionally known as 'Granny Will Your Dog Bite?'
The third is an unnamed melody that includes the, 'Chicken in the bread pan pickin' out dough.' (The country music standard ',' as most famously recorded by, includes the lyric 'Chicken in the bread pan pickin' out dough / Granny will your dog bite, no child no.' ) The last is a traditional American southern '.'
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The four songs are not performed but are only mentioned by reference. The Devil is impressed, admits defeat, and lays a golden fiddle at Johnny's feet. Johnny repeats his claim to be the best player ever and dares the Devil to a rematch in the future. Johnny's final boast, as originally recorded for the album, goes 'I done told you once, you son of a bitch, I'm the best that's ever been.' To accommodate radio airplay (both Country and Top 40 formats), the 45 RPM single release that portion of the lyric as 'Cause I told you once, you son of a gun, I'm the best that's ever been.'
(The uncensored album version appears on the soundtrack of the movie, and it is this version that has been used on numerous music compilations since then.) Thus, Johnny maintains his, keeping his soul from the Devil by displaying his musical in performing traditional songs of. Musical references The 's story is a derivative of the traditional motif. Charlie Daniels has stated in interviews, 'I don't know where it came from, but it just did. Well, I think I might know where it came from, it may have come from an old poem called 'The Mountain Whippoorwill' that wrote many, many years ago (1925), that I had in high school.' Parodies and covers.
Screenshot of 's video in 2015. Pop singer and electric violinist recorded a version of the song in 2015, and released a music video. In her rendition 'Johnny' is replaced by 'Michelle'.
A cappella group recorded a version of the song in collaboration with Taylor Davis and playing fiddle, released in September 2015. The narration is performed by Home Free bass singer Tim Foust.
The rock band often performs this song in concert, with playing the fiddle parts on. The band released a live version of the song on their 2006 EP. Electric string quartet Stringfever recorded a cover of the song on their 2009 album Stringfever.
featured a of the song in of. featured a composite parody of the song along with the animated series in Episode 49 of Season 3, where Malebolgia, an infernal lord, is challenged by Spawn to a fiddle duel set to a similar tune. Chart performance The original version of the song spent fourteen weeks on the charts in 1979, peaking at number 1 and holding the position for one week. It spent two weeks at a peak of number 3 on the.
The single was by the on December 20, 1989 for sales of over one million copies in the United States. Since it became available as a download in the digital era, it has also sold 2.297 million digital copies in the US as of November 2016. In June 1998, Epic Records re-released the song to country radio, but accidentally sent out the version in which the line 'son of a bitch' was uncensored. This error was quickly corrected, and the song re-entered the country charts at number 62 for the chart dated June 20, 1998.
It spent seven weeks on the chart and peaked at number 60. Weekly charts Chart (1979) Peak position Australia 12 Canada Country Tracks 1 Canada Top Singles (RPM) 5 Ireland 14 Netherlands 25 New Zealand 13 UK Singles 14 US ( ) 1 US 3 US ( ) 30 US Top 100 4 Chart (1998) Peak position US ( ) 60 Year-end charts Chart (1979) Rank Australia 100 Canada 56 US Billboard Hot 100 50 US Cash Box 49 Sequel In 1993, a sequel to the song, titled 'The Devil Comes Back to Georgia', was recorded and released by Daniels and fiddle player, featuring guest performances by (as the devil), (as Johnny) and as the narrator. The song can be found on Mark O'Connor's album,. In the sequel, the devil, his anger unabated ten years after his defeat at young Johnny's hands, decides to take up the boy's challenge to 'c'mon back if you ever wanna try again'.
With Johnny now an adult and married with an infant son, the devil is convinced that Johnny's will be his undoing, so he takes back the golden fiddle he lost to Johnny, and forces him to practice with his old fiddle before their rematch. Though the lyrics of the song state that 'Johnny's the best that's ever been', reiterating his bold claim in the original song, the sequel's lyrics do not reveal who won the rematch, but the music video persuasively shows that Johnny does not lose. See also. References. Retrieved 2016-10-14. Whitburn, Joel: 'The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits', p.
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External links. at Preceded by ' by number-one single August 25, 1979 Succeeded by ' by and Preceded by ' by Country Tracks number-one single September 8-September 15, 1979 Succeeded by ' by and.