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December 17

Tennessee Ernie Ford’s Sixteen Tons worked its way up to #1 on the Billboard country singles chart on this date in 1955.

Patsy Cline recorded She’s Got You during a 1961 evening session at Nashville’s Bradley Film & Recording Studio.

Trisha Yearwood held her first recording session for MCA Records in 1990. That day she cut She’s In Love With The Boy, among others. The versions of those songs are not what we’re familiar with though. She was unhappy with the tracks and re-recorded them two months later with different musicians.

Silver-screen cowboy Rex Allen died in Tucson, AZ in 1999, when a caregiver accidentally hit him in his driveway with a car. Allen notched three Top 10 singles from 1951-1962 and appeared in numerous western movies.

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Spade Cooley was born in Grand, OK in 1910. As a fiddler and bandleader, he brought the phrase “western swing” into widespread use, building such 1940s hits as Shame On You and Detour. That’s not all though…

Nat Stuckey was born in Cass County, TX in 1933. He had several hits as a recording artist, but made his most lasting impression as a songwriter. We can thank Stuckey for writing writing songs like Waitin’ In Your Welfare Line for Buck Owens and Pop A Top, a hit for both Jim Ed Brown and Alan Jackson.

Comedian George “Goober” Lindsey was born in Fairfield, AL in 1935. He entertained us for decades with shows like “The Andy Griffith Show” and beginning in 1972, he spent 20 years as a “Hee Haw” cast member.

Sharon White, of The Whites, was born in Wichita Falls, TX in 1953. Along with father Buck and sister Cheryl, she participates in several bluegrass-tinged early-’80s hits. She married Ricky Skaggs in 1981 and the musical couple often perform together. 

Bass player Roy Huskey Jr. was born in Nashville in 1956. He appears on recordings by Alan Jackson, Ricky Van Shelton, Travis Tritt, Ricky Skaggs and The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, among others.

Tracy Byrd was born in Vidor, TX in 1966. Pledging a love for traditional country, he emerged 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.