Charlie Daniels has successful pacemaker surgery

Charlie Daniels has successful pacemaker surgery

March 28th, 2013 by Associated Press in Local - Breaking News

Staff photo by Matt Fields-Johnson/Chattanooga Times Free Press Charlie Daniels and the Charlie Daniels Band perform on the final day of the Riverbend Festival.

A representative for Charlie Daniels says the 76-year-old country singer is recovering after having a pacemaker implanted Thursday.

Daniels, who is scheduled to play Engel Stadium on May 2 during a benefit for the UTC College of Business Veterans Entrepreneurship Program, was diagnosed Monday with "a mild case of pneumonia." Tests at a Nashville, Tenn.-area hospital revealed that he needed a pacemaker to regulate his heart rate. He's scheduled to be released Friday.

Daniels said in a statement that he's feeling better and looking forward to spending Easter with his family.

His Saturday and Sunday performances at Middle Tennessee State University have been canceled. His tour will resume April 11 in Lynchburg, Va.

Daniels has been a member of the Grand Ole Opry for five years. His hits include "The Devil Went Down to Georgia."