Sunday, December 17, 2017

Today in Country Music History...December 17, 2017

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Brad Paisley sings "Out Behind The Barn," then unveils a wax statue of Little Jimmy Dickens during the Grand Ole Opry at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. The figure will go on display when Madame Tussauds opens a Music City location in the spring

Capitol releases Darius Rucker's version of Old Crow Medicine Show's "Wagon Wheel," featuring Lady Antebellum on backing vocals, to radio

Rascal Flatts bass player Jay DeMarcus and his wife, Allison, have a daughter, Madeline Leigh DeMarcus

The Lee Ann Womack single "I Hope You Dance" is certified gold

The tribute album "Common Thread: The Songs Of The Eagles" goes gold, platinum and double-platinum. It features Travis Tritt, Little Texas, Clint Black, John Anderson, Alan Jackson, Suzy Bogguss, Vince Gill, Diamond Rio, Trisha Yearwood, Billy Dean, Tanya Tucker, Brooks & Dunn and Lorrie Morgan

Mark Wystrach is born in Sonoita, Arizona. After a series of acting roles, he emerges as the lead singer of Midland, an Eagles-influenced country trio that debuts with the 2017 hit "Drinkin' Problem"

Bass player Duane Propes is born in Longview, Texas. He joins the six-man band Little Texas, whose thick harmonies lead to a successful 1990s run highlighted by "God Blessed Texas," "What Might Have Been" and "You And Forever And Me"

Tracy Byrd is born in Vidor, Texas. Pledging a love for traditional country, he emerges in 1993 to record a series of hits, including "Lifestyles Of The Not So Rich And Famous," "Watermelon Crawl" and "The Keeper Of The Stars"

Tennessee Ernie Ford's "Sixteen Tons" works its way up to the top of the Billboard country singles chart

Sharon White, of The Whites, is born in Wichita Falls, Texas. Along with father Buck and sister Cheryl, she participates in several bluegrass-tinged early-'80s hits and joins husband Ricky Skaggs on the duet "Love Can't Ever Get Better Than This"

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