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.
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.
43 Years Ago: Eric Church Is Born in Granite Falls, N.C.
Happy birthday, EC!
53 Years Ago: Dolly Parton’s Debut Album Is Released
On Feb. 13, 1967, 'Hello, I'm Dolly' was released.
10 Years Ago: Lady Antebellum’s ‘Need You Now’ Goes Platinum
On Dec. 16, 2009, Lady Antebellum had one million reasons to celebrate.
9 Years Ago: The Band Perry Hit No. 1 With ‘If I Die Young’
Dec. 13, 2010, was an unforgettable day for the Band Perry
20 Years Ago: Brad Paisley Scores First No. 1 Hit With ‘He Didn’t Have to Be’
On Dec. 11, 1999, Paisley earned his first No. 1 hit.
14 Years Ago: Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood Wed
Happy anniversary to Garth + Trisha!
19 Years Ago: Garth Brooks Announces His Retirement
On Oct. 26, 2000, Brooks' fans received disappointing news.
51 Years Ago: Johnny Cash Earns No. 1 Hit With ‘A Boy Named Sue’
On Aug. 23, 1969, Cash earned a No. 1 hit with his song "A Boy Named Sue," from his 'At San Quentin' album.