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”.

2003
Wynonna Judd who was arrested for drunk driving near Nashville, Tennessee, lost her driver’s license for one year and was orderd to perform 200 hours of community service. Judd, was pulled over on Nov 13 for driving 47 miles per hour in a 30 mile per hour zone. After consenting to a Breathalyzer, Judd blew a .175 – more than twice the state’s legal limit of 0.08 percent.

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.