Country singer Daryle Singletary unexpectedly passed away on Feb. 12 at age 46 at his home near Nashville. On that same day, Greg Hudik of Platinum Records Nashville posted on Facebook that the label was releasing a previously unreleased song from Daryle titled “She’s Been Cheatin’ on Us.”
His post says that the money made off the song will go to a fund set up to help provide for Daryle’s wife, Holly, and their four small children. Greg writes, “100% of all internet downloads on Daryle Singletary from here to eternity will go to his family, so help me God!”
But now, it looks as if Hudik may not have had the right to release that song in the first place.
Daryle’s business partner and friend, Nashville music industry veteran Chuck Rhodes, posted about the unreleased song on Facebook Feb. 14.
He says, “It has come to our attention that Greg Hudik at Platinum Records Nashville has been releasing music sung by Daryle Singletary. I want to make it crystal clear that this music being released has not been approved or sanctioned by Holly Singletary, the Singletary Family, Daryle’s corporation TMF x 4, Donna Lee and Buddy Lee Attractions, Daryle’s booking agency or his attorney, Wayne Halper. The recordings were ‘works for hire’ where Daryle was paid as a demo singer.”
That means Daryle only recorded “She’s Been Cheatin’ on Us” for Hudik as a demo for other artists to listen to and possibly record, according to Rhodes, who suggests that Daryle never meant for that song to be heard by the public.
Rhodes also alleges that Hudik isn’t being honest about the fund he claims to be setting up for Daryle’s wife, Holly.
He continues, “There was also a mention by Mr. Hudik of a ‘fund’ established with proceeds from downloads going to Holly Singletary and Daryle’s family. At this time, no such fund exists, and when established, will be sanctioned by the Singletary family and overseen by Donna Lee at Buddy Lee Attractions. A cease and desist letter has been sent to Mr. Hudik demanding the songs be taken down immediately.”
“She’s Been Cheatin’ on Us” is still posted on several major music sites, and Greg has now asked the radio personnel who got the song from his label just to stream it but not to play it on the air.
He writes, “We both mutually decided to hold off releasing these recordings until the foundation is set up and what’s best for Holly. Buddy Lee Attractions and Platinum Records Nashville are working together to let radio and the world hear the last monster recordings of Daryle Singletary, who we all dearly loved.”
There are definitely two sides to this unfolding story. We’ll keep you posted on any updates.
The country world has been mourning Daryle’s passing since the news broke on Monday. One of the hit-makers influenced by Daryle’s traditional country sound, Chris Young, delivered this tribute performance during a show in San Antonio that night.