It’s been just over a week since country music learned that one of their favorite traditional country voices had died unexpectedly. Daryle Singletary was just 46 at the time of his passing on Feb. 12, but the impact he had on the genre is immeasurable.
Tributes from fans and peers alike poured in as news spread of the loss of this great singer, and when the Time Jumpers took the stage for their regular weekly gig at Nashville’s 3rd & Lindsley, it’s apparent that Daryle was on their minds and in their hearts, too.
But it wasn’t his typical “Go Rest High on That Mountain” that Time Jumper member Vince Gill performed in honor of his friend. Since both Daryle and the band are known for their performances of traditional country music, Vince went way back to Buck Owens’ prime and delivered an aching rendition of “Together Again.”
Buck actually wrote “Together Again,” and although it came from the album of the same title, it was actually the B-side to the single, “My Heart Skips a Beat.” However, radio and fans quickly embraced “Together Again,” and it surpassed the single’s A-side to reach No. 1 before “My Heart Skips a Beat.”
Ray Charles also scored a No. 1 with the song in 1966, and then Emmylou Harris took it to the top of the charts in 1976. “Together Again” was also covered by Kenny Rogers and Dottie West, and by Vince and Paul Franklin on their 2013 album, “Bakersfield.”
As previously reported, Daryle died unexpectedly at his Lebanon, Tennessee, home in the early morning hours of Feb. 12. There has been no word of his official cause of death, but a private funeral service was held over the weekend for his family and very close friends. A second memorial service is currently being planned for the public to honor the “I Let Her Lie” singer.
Tributes and memories continue to fill social media honoring Daryle, including a photo album shared to Instagram from the sister of the singer’s fiddle player, hair and makeup artist Emily Varner. She writes, “Remembering that legends never die, living on through our radios for years to come … Not only have we lost one of the greatest voices of country music but an amazing father, husband and friend to so many.”
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Remembering that legends never die, living on through our radios for years to come.. Some memories to share ❤️💔 We will be missing you @darylesing Daryle Singletary it was some unforgettable times being able to be back stage with my brother playing fiddle for him at the Grand Ole Opry @opry and many more amazing times seeing you play with the @theranchhands5 Not only have we lost one of the greatest voices of country music but a amazing father, husband and friend to so many. #darylesingletary #rememberingdarylesingletary #realcountrymusic #countrymusic #legendsneverdie @andrewvarnerfiddler
Fellow musician Shannon Wheeler also shared a video of Daryle covering a George Jones hit and, as he says, “Not many singers can pull off a George Jones song and actually do it justice … Here is one of the few.”
Amen to that, Shannon.