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martes, 13 de febrero de 2018

Tragedy strikes as country music star Daryle Singletary dies unexpectedly at 46

Country music fans everywhere are mourning the loss of a legend who died far too soon. Other country music stars remembered his “pure country” vocals and called him “the greatest country voice of [his] time,” fitting tributes for a soulful traditionalist with an unforgettable sound.

Daryle Singletary passed away at his Lebanon, Tennessee home on Monday at the age of 46. Representatives of the singer released a statement reporting that the cause of his untimely death is “still pending.”

Final song

As recently as Friday and Saturday evening, Singletary performed at the Rodeo Club in Alabama before making his final stage appearance at Cowboy’s nightclub in Lafayette, Louisiana. The country western star serenaded those who were fortunate enough to witness his final performance with such memorable hits as “A-11,” “Long Black Veil,” and “Love’s Gonna Live Here.”

Singletary’s final song? The plaintive heartbreaker Old Violin, originally written by the late and legendary Johnny Paycheck.

Two foreboding lines from the sorrowful song, belted out by Singletary just days ago, are chillingly prophetic:

And just like that it hit me that old violin and I were just alike / We’d give our all to country music and soon we’d give our life.

Country music purist

Singletary had no idea just how soon these words would become reality. The Georgia-born purist was not known to be suffering from any chronic conditions or recent illnesses.

Every day I’m reminded of the song my nanny always ask me to sing for her but especially today which simply says “Thank You Lord For Your Blessings On Me”. Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours. @hmsingletary

1,177 Likes, 53 Comments – Daryle Singletary (@darylesing) on Instagram: “Every day I’m reminded of the song my nanny always ask me to sing for her but especially today…”

Ricky Skaggs, George Jones and Keith Whitley were early musical influences for Singletary, who began his career as a Southern gospel singer. However, it didn’t take long for Singletary’s silky baritone voice to garner attention in Nashville, and he soon signed his first recording contract with Giant Records with the help of country icon Randy Travis.

By the mid-1990s, Singletary’s success skyrocketed and he earned a spot in the top 5 national charts three times with “I Let Her Lie,” “Too Much Fun” and “Amen Kind Of Love.”

As the industry changed around him and became commercialized, Singletary refused to compromise his classic country sound. While less resilient singers may not have survived the genre’s changes without adapting, Singletary gradually became a solid representative of authentic country western ballads for millions of loyal fans.

Admired by all

Singletary was admired within the industry as well. With his passing, some of the most famous names in country music have stepped forward to offer their condolences to the trailblazer. Grammy award-winning singer Travis Tritt left a fitting tribute, celebrating his friend’s “true country voice” before offering condolences to Singletary’s family.

Country legend Charlie Daniels left a short but sweet comment on Twitter, observing that his “Buddy … sang country like country should be sung.”

Christian country singer Josh Turner was crushed by the loss, recalling how Singletary convinced him to move to Nashville. He offered prayers for the deceased and his family.

Singletary is survived by his wife, Holly, and their four young children.

They asked for fans and supporters to send their prayers and love for Singletary — a husband, father and country music legend who will be missed by so many.