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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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“Spilled Whiskey” (2015)

The stoic, old-school masculinity of Singletary’s persona – however soft its emotional core may have been – meant he was never one to cry over spilled milk. “Spilled Whiskey,” on the other hand, is another matter. Another late-period cut for the Georgian, it appeared on the elegiacally titled There’s Still a Little Country Left, his first new album in six years. Released 20 years on from Daryle Singletary, “Spilled Whiskey” — written by Monty Criswell and Lee Miller — saw him wrestling with the same romantic demons that had sparked “I Let Her Lie.” He may have gotten better at recognizing the warning signs, but that didn’t mean he was any better at avoiding them. J.G.

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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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