Charlie Daniels has had a lot of professional achievements over the course of his 60+ year career. But he considers no professional achievement to be any greater than his 51-year marriage with his wife, Hazel.
In an interview with NewsOK for Daniels and Hazel's 50th anniversary celebration last year, Daniels shared the story of the couple's first meeting.
While playing at the Fondalite Club in Tulsa with his band called the Jaguars, Daniels says that a pretty girl walked into the club, and instantly caught his eye.
"She came with a girlfriend of hers one night. And I said, ‘Hey I like that curvy little blonde over there. Hey how are you doin’?”
The two of them ended up falling in love, and decided to get married. But since Daniels was so busy with his performing schedule, they had to fit their wedding in when he didn't have a show.
"I had one night off. I had Sunday off, so we got married on a Sunday morning. I had to go back to work Monday night, so we didn’t have a honeymoon," Daniels says.
Photo Credit: Charlie and Hazel Daniels' personal collection, via NewsOK.com
But over the course of the past 51 years, Daniels has been able to make that up to Hazel, especially since she started touring with him after their son started college in 1983.
"In the last 50 years, we had a whole bunch of honeymoons. We don’t necessarily take them on our anniversary, but we’ve seen a good bit of the world together,” Daniels says.
When asked what his secret is to maintaining a strong marriage, Daniels says the answer is really simple:
“It’s just finding somebody you truly love that you want to spend the rest of your life with...If you can’t find somebody you’d like to spend the rest of your life with, don’t tie the knot, because that’s not gonna make ya happy. I’ve been blessed with finding the girl of my dreams, and here I am 50 years after without a regret in the world about marryin’ my darlin’ from Tulsa.”
It seems that Daniels had Hazel in mind when he recorded the romantic song "How Much I Love You" along with the Charlie Daniels Band. You can listen to this sweet love song in the clip below.
We wish Daniels and Hazel have many more years of happiness together!
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