The Charlie Daniels Band appeared in the movie Urban Cowboy in 1980 and released Full Moon. The CDB also hit the charts with "The Legend of Wooley Swamp". The 1980's were good to Charlie and his crew. They released more albums including more VJ (VI and VII) albums; a compilation, The Charlie Daniels Band - A Decade of Hits, Windows, Me And The Boys, Full Moon, Powder Keg and Homesick Heroes.
Charlie Daniels, vocal spokesman of conservative values and Grand Ole Opry inducted performer, started his career in 1958, but his major breakthrough came in late 70’s when The Charlie Daniels Band released Million Mile Reflections, which included crossover hit “The Devil Went Down To Georgia”. In the early 1980s, when Southern rock started to lose momentum, his music turned more and more towards country which helped The Charlie Daniels Band to remain a popular concert attraction well into the new millennium.
1970 saw Charlie recording his first album, the self-titled Charlie Daniels on Capitol Records. He formed the Charlie Daniels Band and joined a wave of Southern rock bands. All through the 1970's, Charlie recorded album after album, Te John, Grease and Wolfman, Uneasy Rider, Whiskey, Fire On The Mountain, Night Rider, Volunteer Jam (III and IV), Saddle Tramp, High Lonesome, Midnight Wind and Million Mile Reflections.
In 1971 Charlie Daniels released a self-titled solo album which didn’t get too much attention. Things turned around when The Charlie Daniels Band was formed with Daniels on guitar, vocals and fiddle, Don Murray on lead guitar, Charlie Hayward on bass, James Marshall on drums and keyboardist Joe DiGregorio. Bands first hit came from 1973 album Honey In The Rock, when “Uneasy Rider” broke into top 10 charts. Year later, Fire On The Mountain was released and is today considered one of the best CDB albums with songs like The South’s Gonna Do It and Long Haired Country Boy gaining lot of radio play. In 1979, The Charlie Daniels Band got their biggest hit to date with The Devil Went Down To Georgia when it peaked #3 at the charts and ultimately helped Million Mile Reflection sell over three million copies.