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: Reba McEntire Joins the Grand Ole Opry
McEntire's induction was part of a televised special for the Opry's 60th anniversary.
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.
LOOK: Remembering Little Jimmy Dickens’ Life and Legacy
Dickens may have been small in stature -- he was only 4 feet, 11 inches -- but his presence was larger than life.
40 Years Ago: Alan Jackson Marries Denise Jackson
Happy anniversary to the Jacksons!
20 Years Ago: Brad Paisley Scores First No. 1 Hit With ‘He Didn’t Have to Be’
On Dec. 11, 1999, Paisley earned his first No. 1 hit.
14 Years Ago: Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood Wed
Happy anniversary to Garth + Trisha!
30 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.
28 Years Ago: The Judds Play Their Final Show
Dec. 4, 1991, was a sad day for the Judds.
20 Years Ago: LeAnn Rimes Performs for Pope John Paul II
On Nov. 25, 1999, Rimes performed for Pope John Paul II.
38 Years Ago: Hank Williams Jr.’s ‘All My Rowdy Friends (Have Settled Down)’ Hits No. 1
Chances are good that on Nov. 21, 1981, Williams Jr. didn't do much settling down.