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.
9 Years Ago: The Oak Ridge Boys Inducted Into the Grand Ole Opry
On Aug. 6, 2011, the Oak Ridge Boys were officially inducted into Grand Ole Opry.
25 Years Ago: Alan Jackson Hits No. 1 With ‘I Don’t Even Know Your Name’
On Aug. 5, 1995, Jackson had a big reason to celebrate.
18 Years Ago: Kenny Chesney Hits No. 1 With ‘The Good Stuff’
On July 27, 2002, Chesney added another No. 1 hit to the growing list of "good stuff" that was happening in his career.
18 Years Ago: Toby Keith Hits No. 1 With ‘Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue’
On July 20, 2002, Keith earned his ninth No. 1 single with his tune "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)."
34 Years Ago: Dollywood Opens in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
On July 16, 1986, Parton opened her theme park, Dollywood, in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
63 Years Ago: The Everly Brothers Earn First No. 1 Single With ‘Bye Bye Love’
On July 15, 1957, the Everly Brothers kicked off their music career with a No. 1 hit, "Bye Bye Love."
30 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.
20 Years Ago: Lee Ann Womack Hits No. 1 With ‘I Hope You Dance’
On July 8, 2000, Womack's single "I Hope You Dance" landed at the top of the charts.
64 Years Ago: Johnny Cash Makes His Grand Ole Opry Debut
On July 7, 1956, Cash made his debut on the Grand Ole Opry -- and met his future wife, June Carter.
29 Years Ago: Trisha Yearwood Releases Her Debut Album
On July 2, 1991, Yearwood released her self-titled debut album.