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Daryle Singletary Dies at 46: Remembering the Country Singer's Biggest Hits

As the country music community mourns the death of country singer-songwriter Daryle Singletary, who died at his home in Lebanon, Tennessee, on Monday morning (Feb. 12) at the age of 46, Billboard looks back at the career of the singer, who was widely acclaimed for his powerful vocals known on hits including “I Let Her Lie” and “Too Much Fun."

News of Singletary's death spread on Monday morning after a Facebook post from Singletary's music booking and promotions company, McAplin Entertainment.

“(We are) completely heartbroken to learn of the passing of our friend Daryle Singletary this morning,” the statement reads. “He was one of the best men we’ve had the privilege to meet and work with in this business, both professionally and personally. Please keep Daryle’s wife, Heather and their four young children in your prayers.”

Born in Cairo, Georgia, in 1971, Singletary moved to Nashville in the early 1990s to pursue a career in country music. He eventually signed with Giant Records in 1990, where he released his first three studio albums, including All Because of You and Ain’t It the Truth.

Singletary scored 14 entries on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart in his career, three of which reached the top 10: “I Let Her Lie” hit No. 2 in November 1995, “Too Much Fun” climbed to No. 4 in March 1996 and “Amen Kind of Love” rose to No. 2 on March 1997. His most recent Hot Country Songs hit, “I’d Love to Lay You Down,” reached No. 43 in November 2002.

He also scored one entry on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100. “The Note” debuted and peaked at No. 90 in February 1998.

Additionally, Singletary charted six titles on the Top Country Albums chart. His 1998 LP Ain’t It the Truth charted the highest, at No. 18, while also scoring him his sole entry on the Billboard 200 (No. 160). His albums have sold a combined 437,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen Music. His song catalog has raked in a combined 22 million total on-demand U.S. streams.

Singletary scored his first Billboard chart entry in over 10 years last summer, as his 2017 collaborative album American Grandstand, with Rhonda Vincent, spent three weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Bluegrass Albums chart, and reached No. 45 on Top Country Albums.

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