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.
21 Years Ago: Rascal Flatts Debut on the Grand Ole Opry
On April 28, 2000, the country trio made their debut on the Grand Ole Opry.
31 Years Ago: Taylor Swift Is Born in Reading, Pa.
Happy birthday, T. Swift!
95 Years Ago: The Grand Ole Opry Begins Broadcasting
Nov. 28, 1925, was an historic day for country music.
39 Years Ago: Hank Williams Jr.’s ‘All My Rowdy Friends (Have Settled Down)’ Hits No. 1
Chances are good that on Nov. 21, 1981, Williams Jr. didn't do much settling down.
29 Years Ago: Garth Brooks Hits No. 1 With ‘Shameless’
On Nov. 16, 1991, Brooks earned his seventh No. 1 single with the tune "Shameless."
39 Years Ago: George Strait’s Debut Album Is Released
On Sept. 4, 1981, Strait's debut album, 'Strait Country', was released.
23 Years Ago: Kenny Chesney Scores First No. 1 Hit With ‘She’s Got It All’
On Aug. 30, 1997, Chesney scored his first No. 1 hit with the single "She's Got It All."
14 Years Ago: Taylor Swift’s ‘Tim McGraw’ Is Released
On June 19, 2006, Swift's debut single, "Tim McGraw," was released.
38 Years Ago: The Bluebird Cafe Opens in Nashville
In June of 1982, the famous Bluebird Cafe opened its doors in Nashville, Tenn.
44 Years Ago: Eric Church Is Born in Granite Falls, N.C.
Happy birthday, EC!
54 Years Ago: Dolly Parton’s Debut Album Is Released
On Feb. 13, 1967, 'Hello, I'm Dolly' was released.
11 Years Ago: Lady A’s ‘Need You Now’ Goes Platinum
On Dec. 16, 2009, Lady A (then known as Lady Antebellum) had one million reasons to celebrate.