Gayle Thompson has been a daily contributor for The Boot since it began in 2008. In addition, she has written for Rolling Stone, Country Weekly, CBS Radio and several other outlets. Besides writing, she loves traveling, cooking, entertaining and anything else that involves her husband and little boy.
53 Years Ago: Dolly Parton’s Debut Album Is Released
On Feb. 13, 1967, 'Hello, I'm Dolly' was released.
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18 Years Ago: Waylon Jennings Dies in Arizona
On Feb. 13, 2002, Jennings passed away in his sleep from complications from diabetes.
58 Years Ago: Hank Williams Among First Inductees Into Country Music Hall of Fame
On Nov. 3, 1961, Williams, publisher Fred Rose and Jimmie Rodgers were among the first inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
29 Years Ago: Naomi Judd Announces Her Retirement
On Oct. 17, 1990, Judd announced that she was retiring from music because of her diagnosis of Hepatitis C.
13 Years Ago: Tim McGraw Receives a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
On Oct. 17, 2006, McGraw received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
47 Years Ago: Loretta Lynn Becomes the First Woman to Win Entertainer of the Year at the C…
On Oct. 16, 1972, Lynn became the first woman to win a CMA for Entertainer of the Year.
32 Years Ago: Anne Murray Becomes the First Female Country Artist to Earn a Triple-Platinu…
On Oct. 16, 1987, Murray made history in country music.
14 Years Ago: Keith Urban’s ‘Golden Road’ Goes Triple Platinum
On Sept. 22, 2005, Urban's 'Golden Road' was certified triple platinum, for sales of 3 million copies.
37 Years Ago: George Strait Earns First No. 1 Hit With ‘Fool Hearted Memory’
On Aug. 28, 1982, Strait earned his first No. 1 hit with his single "Fool Hearted Memory."