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.
55 Years Ago: Charley Pride Becomes First Black Singer to Perform at the Grand Ole Opry
Jan. 7, 1967, was an historic day for country music ...
19 Years Ago: Toby Keith Makes His Grand Ole Opry Debut
Dec. 14, 2002, is a day that Keith will likely never forget.
57 Years Ago: Willie Nelson Makes His Grand Ole Opry Debut
Nov. 28, 1964, was an unforgettable day for Nelson.
30 Years Ago: Garth Brooks’ ‘No Fences’ Makes Country Music History
On Oct. 24, 1991, Brooks made history when his album 'No Fences' became the first country record to sell more than 5 million copies.
15 Years Ago: Tim McGraw Receives a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
On Oct. 17, 2006, McGraw received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
40 Years Ago: George Strait’s Debut Album Is Released
On Sept. 4, 1981, Strait's debut album, 'Strait Country', was released.
69 Years Ago: George Strait Is Born in Poteet, Texas
Happy birthday, George!
44 Years Ago: Eric Church Is Born in Granite Falls, N.C.
Happy birthday, EC!
51 Years Ago: Lynn Anderson’s ‘(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden’ Hits No. 1
On Dec. 26, 1970, Anderson's single "(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden" became her first No. 1 hit.
42 Years Ago: Willie Nelson Makes His Film Debut in ‘The Electric Horseman’
Dec. 21, 1979, was a career-changing day for Nelson ...