Throwback Jam: Darryl Worley’s “I Miss My Friend”

By Emily Wagner

It always seems to be that the songs an artist is most reluctant to cut, end up being the biggest hits, the true career changers. There’s no doubt, that’s what happened with Darryl Worley’s “I Miss My Friend.”

The song hit the top of the country charts in September of 2002 and had a pretty significant crossover effect into the pop world, reaching #28 on the Billboard Hot 100.

And yet every time the song was sent Worley’s way he passed. For him, the song hit too close to home. Worley had been seeing a woman who had a young daughter and naturally Worley became infatuated with both mom and daughter. Tragically, they were both killed in a car accident, leaving Worley devastated. 

Each time the song came back around to him, he declined, until finally after noticing the songwriters (Tony Martin, Tom Shapiro and Mark Nesler) Worley decided to give the song a chance, and the song went on to jump start Worley’s career as an artist.