Joe Nichols was telling us all about the evils of tequila on this date in 2005, Kenny Chesney went quadruple platinum in 2004, Joe Diffie drove his pickup to the number one position (where it stayed for four weeks) in 1994 and Restless Heart was telling lies, tenderly, in 1988.

Here's the list for Today In Country Music History for 17 December, 2011.

  • Rascal Flatts bass player Jay DeMarcus and his wife, Allison, welcomed daughter Madeline Leigh DeMarcus in 2010.
  • Joe Nichols claimed the top spot on the Billboard country chart with "Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off" in 2005.
  • Kenny Chesney's Greatest Hits became the singer's second quadruple-platinum album in 2004.
  • Brad Paisley guested on the ABC-TV sitcom, According to Jim, starring Jim Belushi and his wife, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, in 2002.
  • The Lee Ann Womack single "I Hope You Dance" was certified gold in 2001.
  • Joe Diffie took "Pickup Man" to Number One on the Billboard country chart, where it stayed for four weeks, in 1994.
  • Clay Walker's self-titled debut became his first gold album in 1993.
  • Restless Heart charted a Number One single on the Billboard country chart with "A Tender Lie" in 1988.
  • Patsy Cline recorded "She's Got You" for Decca in 1961.

Here's a look back at Joe Diffie's Pickup Man video.



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Dave D.