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.
19 Years Ago: Toby Keith Makes His Grand Ole Opry Debut
Dec. 14, 2002, is a day that Keith will likely never forget.
32 Years Ago: Garth Brooks Earns First No. 1 With ‘If Tomorrow Never Comes’
Dec. 9, 1989, is a day that Brooks will undoubtedly never forget.
31 Years Ago: Garth Brooks Joins the Grand Ole Opry
On Oct. 6, 1990, Brooks was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry.
51 Years Ago: Lynn Anderson Records ‘(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden’
On Sept. 10, 1970, Anderson recorded "(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden."
24 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."
31 Years Ago: Garth Brooks Hits No. 1 With ‘The Dance’
On July 14, 1990, Brooks earned a No. 1 hit with his single "The Dance," from his debut self-titled album.
34 Years Ago: Randy Travis Hits No. 1 With ‘Forever and Ever, Amen’
On June 13, 1987, "Forever and Ever, Amen" reached the top of the charts, where it stayed for three weeks.
20 Years Ago: Alan Jackson Hits No. 1 With ‘Drive (For Daddy Gene)’
On May 25, 2002, Jackson earned his 20th No. 1 hit with "Drive (For Daddy Gene)."
16 Years Ago: Jason Aldean Makes His Grand Ole Opry Debut
On May 13, 2005, Aldean made his debut on the Grand Ole Opry.
67 Years Ago: Kix Brooks Is Born in Shreveport, La.
Happy birthday to him!
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.
37 Years Ago: Toby Keith Marries Tricia Lucus
Happy anniversary, you two!