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A Common Thread Runs Through Rock And Country This Day in Country Music – December 17th (video)

1993 – “Common Thread: The Songs Of The Eagles” goes gold, platinum and double-platinum. The tribute album 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.

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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”.


2004 – Kenny Chesney’s “Greatest Hits” album is certified quadruple-platinum.


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 chart, where it stays for four weeks.


1988 – Restless Heart reels in a #1 single on the Billboard country chart with “A Tender Lie”.


1967 – Bass player Duane Propes born in Longview, Texas. He joins Little Texas, a six-man group 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 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 to #1 on the Billboard country chart.


1953 – Sharon White, of The Whites, 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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