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.
26 Years Ago: Trace Adkins Makes His Grand Ole Opry Debut
Happy anniversary to Adkins! It was on this date (Nov. 23) in 1996 that the singer made his Grand Ole Opry debut.
12 Years Ago: The Grand Ole Opry Re-opens After Devastating Flood
On Sept. 28, 2010, the Grand Ole Opry re-opened after being forced to close for five months due to damage from the 2010 Nashville flood.
31 Years Ago: Dottie West Dies
On Sept. 4, 1991, the country music community was in mourning.
52 Years Ago: Merle Haggard’s ‘Okie From Muskogee’ Album Hits No. 1
On May 22, 1970, 'Okie From Muskogee' hit No. 1 on the charts.
36 Years Ago: The Judds’ ‘Why Not Me’ Is Certified Platinum
On April 25, 1986, the Judds' 'Why Not Me' album was certified platinum, for sales of one million copies.
30 Years Ago: Wynonna Judd Hits No. 1 With Debut Solo Single
On April 11, 1992, Judd earned her first hit as a solo artist.
55 Years Ago: The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Opens
On April 1, 1967, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum opened in Nashville, Tenn.
31 Years Ago: Alan Jackson Scores His First No. 1 Hit
Jackson earned his first No. 1 hit on March 9, 1991, with the song "I'd Love You All Over Again," from his freshman 'Here in the Real World' album.
35 Years Ago: Willie Nelson’s ‘Red Headed Stranger’ Film Premieres
On Feb. 19, 1987, Nelson's movie 'Red Headed Stranger' premiered in Austin, Texas.
30 Years Ago: Johnny Cash Is Inducted Into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
On Jan. 15, 1992, the Man in Black was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.