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Hank Thompson recorded Diffie's "Love on the Rocks", and Randy Travis put one of Diffie's songs on hold but ultimately did not record it.
After the foundry closed in 1986, Diffie declared bankruptcy and sold the studio out of financial necessity.
The latter of those two songs was Diffie's longest-lasting number one, at four weeks. Christmas, which comprised covers of traditional Christmas songs as well as newly written songs.
Both songs also entered the Hot 100, respectively peaking at 84 and 60. One of these original songs, "Le Roy the Redneck Reindeer", was issued as a Christmas single late in the year, peaking at number 33 upon its initial release and re-entering the country music charts for the next two years based on Christmas airplay.
Diffie's father, Joe R., played guitar and banjo, and his mother sang.
Following in his mother's footsteps, Diffie began to sing at an early age, often listening to the albums in his father's record collection.
He also divorced his wife, who left with their two children.
Diffie spent several months in a state of depression before deciding to move to Nashville, Tennessee.
His style is defined by a neotraditionalist country influence with a mix of novelty songs and ballads.
During this period, he worked as a musician on the side, first in a gospel group called Higher Purpose, and then in a bluegrass band called Special Edition.
Diffie then built a recording studio, began touring with Special Edition in adjacent states, and sent demo recordings to publishers in Nashville.
The song was also rated number one on the country music charts published by Radio & Records and Gavin Report, making him the first country music artist to have a number one debut single on all three charts, Both of these songs made the country Top 20, respectively reaching sixteen and fifteen, and the duet was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals at the 35th Grammy Awards in 1993.
Also included on the album was the ballad "Goodnight Sweetheart", later a Top 10 country hit in 1996 for David Kersh.