When the Cowboys Nightclub posted a video of country singer Daryle Singletary performing on their stage on Saturday night (Feb. 10), they were just thrilled to be promoting “real country” music, as they noted in their caption on the video.
Little did they know, it would soon become the last time the traditional country singer would perform in his lifetime. News began spreading on social media on Monday morning (Feb. 12) that Singletary had unexpectedly passed away at his home in Lebanon, Tennessee. A press release confirmed the news at 11AM EST and the cause of death is still unknown.
All week, Cowboys Nightclub in Scott, Louisiana had been promoting Singletary’s appearance set for Saturday, February 12 along with singers Richard LeBouef and Layne Touchet.
One of the songs he performed that night, and the one Cowboys Nightclub posted to their social media pages, was his version of the Johnny Paycheck song “Old Violin.”
The two singers actually recorded a duet version for Singletary’s 2002 album That’s Why I Sing, which was comprised of covers of his favorite country songs, some including the original singer. Dwight Yoakam, George Jones and Merle Haggard were other legends who joined him on this album.
Singletary knew how to put on a show, and this video of his final performance proves that. The passion in his voice is unmatched and you can hear the audience cheering him on throughout the video.
Tears began to form in our eyes when he delivered the song’s final lyrics, “And just like that it hit me that me and that old violin were just alike / We’d give our all to country music and soon we’d give our life.”
He truly did give his all to country music, and country music loved him back. The entire community is heartbroken over the news of his passing. Take a look at the reactions of several of his friends, mentors, and admirers here.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Singletary’s wife, their four children, and the rest of his family and friends during this difficult and unimaginable time.