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.
9 Years Ago: The Oak Ridge Boys Inducted Into the Grand Ole Opry
On Aug. 6, 2011, the Oak Ridge Boys were officially inducted into Grand Ole Opry.
63 Years Ago: The Everly Brothers Earn First No. 1 Single With ‘Bye Bye Love’
On July 15, 1957, the Everly Brothers kicked off their music career with a No. 1 hit, "Bye Bye Love."
29 Years Ago: Trisha Yearwood Releases Her Debut Album
On July 2, 1991, Yearwood released her self-titled debut album.
19 Years Ago: Chet Atkins Dies
On June 30, 2001, Atkins passed away. He was 77 years old at the time of his death.
28 Years Ago: Brooks & Dunn Earn First Gold Album With ‘Brand New Man’
On May 26, 1992, Brooks & Dunn earned their first gold-selling album, for their freshman record, 'Brand New Man'.
18 Years Ago: Alan Jackson Hits No. 1 With ‘Drive (for Daddy Gene)’
On May 25, 2002, Jackson earned his 20th No. 1 hit with "Drive (for Daddy Gene)."
53 Years Ago: Glen Campbell Records ‘Gentle on My Mind’
On May 17, 1967, Campbell recorded "Gentle on My Mind," which became one of the biggest hits of his career.
68 Years Ago: George Strait Is Born in Poteet, Texas
Happy birthday, George!
44 Years Ago: Johnny Cash Receives Honorary Doctorate Degree
On May 8, 1976, "the Man in Black" received an honorary doctorate degree from National University in San Diego, Calif.
29 Years Ago: Travis Tritt Makes His Grand Ole Opry Debut
Happy Opry anniversary to him!