Joel “Taz” DiGregorio

Joel “Taz” DiGregorio

Birth
Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 12 Oct 2011 (aged 67)
Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA
Burial Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA
Memorial ID 78321808 · View Source
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Musician. A keyboardist, he was a longtime member of The Charlie Daniels Band. Born William Joel DiGregorio, he was self-taught on the keyboards, practicing from tunes by Elvis Presley, Fats Domino and Little Richard and following his seeing of a Ray Charles' concert, his musical interest would be forever shaped. He fulfilled his goal of becoming a professional musician, as he initiated his career with the group Paul Chaplan and The Emeralds, best known for their minor hit "Shortnin' Bread" (1959). By the early 1960s, the group disbanded leaving DiGregorio (who was seventeen) to find other gigs which included playing in a lounge band in Florida. In 1964, he met and joined Charlie Daniels who at that time was in a band called the Jaguars. A few years later, DiGregorio was drafted and served with the US Army. Upon his return home, he resumed his career with Daniels and following some ensemble changes The Charlie Daniels Band launched what was to become a commercially successful body of work, beginning with their self-titled debut album in 1970. In 1979, their signature hit "The Devil Went Down To Georgia" which achieved a number 3 placing on the US Pop Charts was co-written by DiGregorio. In addition to his work with Daniels, he recorded the solo projects "Midnight in Savannah" (2008) and "Shake Rag" (2008). He died in an automobile accident.

Bio by: C.S.


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: C.S.
  • Added: 13 Oct 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 78321808
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Joel “Taz” DiGregorio (8 Jan 1944–12 Oct 2011), Find A Grave Memorial no. 78321808, citing Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .