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This Day in Country Music History, December 17

2012
Capitol releases Darius Rucker's version of Old Crow Medicine Show's "Wagon Wheel," featuring Lady Antebellum on backing vocals, to radio
2010
Rascal Flatts bass player Jay DeMarcus and his wife, Allison, have a daughter, Madeline Leigh DeMarcus
2005
A Joe Nichols title dresses up the top spot on the Billboard country chart: "Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off"
2001
The Lee Ann Womack single "I Hope You Dance" is certified gold
1994
Joe Diffie parks "Pickup Man" at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart, where it stays for four weeks
1993
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
1988
Restless Heart reels in a #1 single on the Billboard country chart with "A Tender Lie"
1967
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"
1966
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"
1955
Tennessee Ernie Ford's "Sixteen Tons" works its way up to #1 on the Billboard country singles chart
1953
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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