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.
29 Years Ago: Billy Ray Cyrus Hits No. 1 With ‘Achy Breaky Heart’
On May 30, 1992, Cyrus' debut single, "Achy Breaky Heart," from his freshman album, 'Some Gave All', soared to the top of the charts.
15 Years Ago: Jo Dee Messina Runs the Boston Marathon
On April 17, 2006, Messina ran the Boston Marathon ... and completed the race, even after injuring her knee.
30 Years Ago: Patty Loveless Earns First Gold Album With ‘Honky Tonk Angel’
On April 9, 1991, Loveless received her first gold album, for her 1988 'Honky Tonk Angel' record.
47 Years Ago: Dolly Parton, Porter Wagoner End Their Musical Partnership
On Feb. 19, 1974, Parton announced her split from Wagoner, after more than seven years of performing together.
34 Years Ago: Willie Nelson’s ‘Red Headed Stranger’ Film Premieres
On Feb. 19, 1987, Nelson's movie 'Red Headed Stranger' premiered in Austin, Texas.
59 Years Ago: Garth Brooks Is Born in Tulsa, Okla.
Happy birthday, Garth!
26 Years Ago: Brooks & Dunn’s ‘Brand New Man’ Goes Quadruple Platinum
Nov. 29, 1994, was a day of celebration for Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn.
95 Years Ago: The Grand Ole Opry Begins Broadcasting
Nov. 28, 1925, was an historic day for country music.
13 Years Ago: Hank Thompson Dies From Lung Cancer
The singer was 82 years old.
28 Years Ago: Alan Jackson Releases ‘A Lot About Livin’ (and a Little ‘Bout Love)’
On Oct. 9, 1992, Jackson released his third studio album.