"The Note" (1998)
The fact that Singletary's early 1998 single "The Note" barely dented the Top 30 is practically a criminal offense. While Conway Twitty, Tammy Wynette, Doug Supernaw and Gene Watson are among those who cut the song, Singletary's extraordinary version was touted as a "career record" upon release, perhaps because, in spite of his more youthful voice, he still managed to wring every drop of pathos from the song's heartbreaking lyrics without ever veering into mawkish territory. Interestingly, "The Note" also earned the singer his first and only Billboard Hot 100 single. S.B.