December 17 – This Day in Country Music

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1966
Born on this day, was Tracy Byrd, country music singer, songwriter, who broke through on the country music scene with his 1993 single “Holdin’ Heaven”, which reached #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts. Although he did not land a second #1 until 2002’s “Ten Rounds with Jose Cuervo”, Byrd has charted more than thirty hit singles in his career, including eleven additional Top Ten hits. He has also released nine studio albums and two greatest-hits albums.

1994
Joe Diffie started a four week run at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with “Pickup Man”.

2007
Carrie Underwood released “All-American Girl” the second single from Underwood’s second studio album, Carnival Ride. The song reached #1 on Hot Country Songs chart and spent two weeks at the top making it her her seventh #1 single altogether.

2008
Paramedics were called to country singer Mindy McCready’s Nashville home after an apparent suicide attempt; they transported her to a hospital after finding wounds on her wrists.

2012
Glen Campbell’s Malibu Mansion sold for $4.45m. The singers home which has about 6,500 square feet of living space for just four bedrooms, featured travertine floors and African mahogany cabinetry, and a theater room, billiard room, office, 8-person spa, outdoor dining area with full kitchen, ocean views, and proximity to Point Dume.