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.
15 Years Ago: Carrie Underwood’s ‘Jesus, Take the Wheel’ Is Released
On Oct. 18, 2005, Underwood's life was about to change.
33 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.
24 Years Ago: Trisha Yearwood Earns No. 1 Hit With ‘Believe Me Baby (I Lied)’
Oct. 12, 1996, was a big day for Yearwood.
30 Years Ago: Garth Brooks Joins the Grand Ole Opry
On Oct. 6, 1990, Brooks was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry.
8 Years Ago: George Strait Announces His Retirement From Touring
On Sept. 26, 2012, Strait announced that he was retiring from touring.
8 Years Ago: Vince Gill Earns a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
On Sept. 6, 2012, Gill earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
28 Years Ago: Alan Jackson’s ‘Don’t Rock the Jukebox’ Goes Double Platinum
On Aug. 26, 2002, Jackson earned his first double-platinum album with 'Don't Rock the Jukebox'.
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.
15 Years Ago: Brad Paisley’s ‘Time Well Wasted’ Album Is Released
On Aug. 16, 2005, Paisley's 'Time Well Wasted' album was released on Arista Records.
35 Years Ago: Alabama Become First Country Act to Earn Quadruple-Platinum Status
On July 30, 1985, Alabama became the first country act to earn quadruple platinum status, both for 'Mountain Music' and 'Feels So Right'.
18 Years Ago: Toby Keith Hits No. 1 With ‘Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue’
On July 20, 2002, Keith earned his ninth No. 1 single with his tune "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)."
29 Years Ago: Trisha Yearwood Releases Her Debut Album
On July 2, 1991, Yearwood released her self-titled debut album.