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Daryle Singletary: His 10 Essential Songs

From “I’m Living Up to Her Low Expectations” to “Jesus & Bartenders,” the best tracks by the Nineties star, who died Monday at 46

Daryle Singletary

Daryle Singletary, known for songs like "Too Much Fun" and "Jesus & Bartenders," died February 12th at 46.

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Daryle Singletary may not have had the massive success of some of his Nineties contemporaries, but the country singer – who died February 12th at 46 – notched his share of hits, from the upbeat “Too Much Fun” to the emotional “Amen Kind of Love.” All of Singletary’s recorded work, however, from the radio fare to the deep cuts, was distinguished by the Georgia native’s unparalleled voice, a singing style that melded a George Jones warble with the warmth of Merle Haggard. Here are Singletary’s 10 must-hear songs.

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“Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man” with Rhonda Vincent (2017)

In his later years, Singletary made the most of a voice that was tailor-made for duets by collaborating with other singers on most of his post-major label albums. The last record to be released during his lifetime, American Grandstand was a collection of duets with bluegrass star Rhonda Vincent, which once again saw him reinterpreting classics and standards. “Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man” had Singletary tackling Conway Twitty’s role from his 1973 hit with Loretta Lynn, and it was one of Singletary’s most rollicking performances in years. He and Vincent enjoy a playful chemistry, which elicits a joyful howl from the crooner in the song’s final bars, a fitting farewell for one of his final recordings. J.G.

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