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This Southern-fried Country ballad was written by Toy Caldwell, frontman for the Marshall Tucker Band. That's Charlie Daniels playing the fiddle, and yes, that's "The Devil Went Down To Georgia
" Charlie Daniels. He was a frequent Marshall Tucker collaborator, having been "blown away" by their performance when he first saw them onstage.
A common point of confusion is "Where's Marshall Tucker?" There is no actual such person in the band; they got the name off the key to the door to the warehouse they rented to practice in. Marshall Tucker was the person who had rented the warehouse before them and his name was still inscribed on the key. Just think, they could have named their band "Yale" or "Master Lock!"
This was The Marshall Tucker Band's second-highest hit, the highest being "Heard It In A Love Song
." It was also one of their only two top-40 hits.
Lita talks about how they wrote songs in The Runaways, and how she feels about her biggest hit being written by somebody else.
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