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.
13 Years Ago: Taylor Swift Makes Her Grand Ole Opry Debut
On Sept. 1, 2006, Swift made her debut on the Grand Ole Opry.
27 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'.
50 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.
16 Years Ago: Alan Jackson, Jimmy Buffett Hit No. 1 With ‘It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere’
On Aug. 9, 2003, Jackson and Buffett hit No. 1 with "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere," from Jackson's 'Greatest Hits II' album.
13 Years Ago: Kellie Pickler Signs Her First Record Deal
On July 17, 2006, Pickler signed her first record deal, with BNA Records.
37 Years Ago: The Bluebird Cafe Opens in Nashville
In June of 1982, the famous Bluebird Cafe opened its doors in Nashville, Tenn.
28 Years Ago: Garth Brooks Wins a Record Six Times at the ACM Awards
On April 24, 1991, Brooks set an ACMs record
83 Years Ago: Glen Campbell Is Born in Delight, Ark.
Campbell would have turned 83 today.
63 Years Ago: Johnny Cash Records ‘I Walk the Line’
On April 2, 1956, Cash recorded what would become one of his most famous songs.
59 Years Ago: Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge Opens in Nashville
On March 29, 1960, Tootsie's Orchid Lounge opened in Nashville, Tenn.
19 Years Ago: Garth Brooks Named Artist of the Decade at the American Music Awards
On Jan. 17, 2000, Brooks was named the Artist of the Decade at the American Music Awards.
52 Years Ago: Charley Pride Becomes the First African-American Singer to Perform at the Gr…
Jan. 7, 1967, was an historic day for country music ...