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Charlie Daniels, now a country music and Southern rock icon, played in several rock ‘n’ roll and R&B groups in the 1950s and ‘60s. His longest run – from 1959 to 1967 — was with a club band called the Jaguars, with whom he recorded that instrumental single “Jaguar” in Fort Worth, Texas.

The traveling band’s home away from home in Tulsa was the Fondalite Club, a hot spot at the corner of 11 Street and Denver Avenue that closed decades ago. One night, the girl of the guitarist’s dreams walked in the door.

“She’s not much of a club-goer, but 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’?” he recalled with a laugh. “It kinda went on from there, you know.”

He and Hazel got married on Sunday, Sept. 20, 1964, in her hometown.

“I was a young musician going around the country playing … and 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. But I’ve been able to remedy that. 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,” he said.

The North Carolina native who married the Oklahoma girl said their 50-year secret has been making a lifelong commitment to the right person.

“It’s just finding somebody you truly love that you want to spend the rest of your life with,” he said. “Marriage is not an experiment. It is a commitment. It’s a sacred commitment, and it’s who you marry you’re supposed to stay 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.”


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