This Day in Country Music: December 17

December 17, 2016

Here’s what happened on this day in country music...

1955 – Tennessee Ernie Ford’s “Sixteen Tons” works its way up to #1 on the Billboard country singles chart

1993 – The tribute album “Common Thread: The Songs Of The Eagles” goes Gold, Platinum & Double-Platinum. It features Travis Tritt, Little Texas, Clint Black, John Anderson, Alan Jackson, Suzy Boggus, Vince Gill, Diamond Rio, Trisha Yearwood, Billy Dean, Tanya Tucker, Brooks & Dunn and Lorrie Morgan

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

2001 – Lee Ann Womack’s single “I Hope You Dance” is certified Gold

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

2005 – A Joe Nichols title dresses up the top spot on the Billboard country chart: “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off”

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

2010 – Rascal Flatts bass player Jay DeMarcus and his wife, Allison, have a daughter, Madeline Leigh DeMarcus

2012 – Glen Campbell’s Country Music Malibu Mansion sold for $4.45m

2013 - Taylor Swift donated $100,000 to the financially beleaguered Nashville Symphony, that, two years ago, gave Taylor its prestigious Harmony Award