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.
33 Years Ago: Alabama Become First Country Act to Earn Quadruple-Platinum Status
On July 30, 1985, Alabama became the first country act to earn quadruple platinum status, both for 'Mountain Music' and 'Feels So Right'.
29 Years Ago: Reba McEntire Hits No. 1 With ‘Cathy’s Clown’
On July 29, 1989, McEntire earned her 13th No. 1 single with "Cathy's Clown," which was originally recorded by the Everly Brothers.
12 Years Ago: Jake Owen’s Debut Album Is Released
On July 25, 2006, Owen's debut album, 'Startin' With Me', was released.
14 Years Ago: Tim McGraw’s ‘Live Like You Were Dying’ Hits No. 1
On July 11, 2004, McGraw began his seven-week run at the top of the charts with his single "Live Like You Were Dying."
38 Years Ago: George Jones’ ‘He Stopped Loving Her Today’ Hits No. 1
On July 5, 1980, Jones earned a No. 1 hit with "He Stopped Loving Her Today."
27 Years Ago: Trisha Yearwood Releases Her Debut Album
On July 2, 1991, Yearwood released her self-titled debut album.
17 Years Ago: Chet Atkins Dies
On June 30, 2001, Atkins passed away. He was 77 years old at the time of his death.
16 Years Ago: The Dixie Chicks’ ‘Fly’ Certified Diamond
On June 25, 2002, the Dixie Chicks achieved a career milestone that only a few country artists have.
29 Years Ago: Garth Brooks Makes His Grand Ole Opry Debut
On June 24, 1989, Brooks made his debut on the Grand Ole Opry.
7 Years Ago: Glen Campbell Reveals Alzheimer’s Diagnosis
On June 22, 2011, Campbell's fans learned that the iconic singer had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.