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Flashback to the time when Lonestar dominated the charts with this superhit YouTube

Who would’ve thought that a group of guys from Texas would one day meet in Nashville, Tenn., form a band, and then put out one of the biggest songs of the ‘90s?

That group was Texassee, better know today as Lonestar.

Seventeen years ago, Lonestar released “Amazed,” the second single off of their 1999 album “Lonley Grill.” Turns out, it became a huge success and the bands’ greatest achievement. Topping the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts, “Amazed” set the record as the longest running No. 1 country song of the decade.

Of course, it takes a special song to do that, but an even greater one to cross genres.

In 2000, the record-breaker was re-mixed for pop radio. Hitting the No. 1 spot on March 4, it became the first country number to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart since Kenny Roger’s and Dolly Parton’s 1983’s “Islands in the Stream,” which you can check out here.

Despite its reigning popularity, Lonestar – consisting of front-runners Dean Sams, Keech Rainwater, Michael Britt and Richie McDonald – had its share of recycling out band members. In fact, ex-bandmate John Rich exited the group right before “Amazed” went to the top.

Although John didn’t get to reap the benefits of the song’s success, he eventually went onto become one half of dynamite duo, Big & Rich.

Nashville-based writer and Rare Country contributor Melinda Lorge has always been passionate about country music. Follow her @MelindaLorge and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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