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.
21 Years Ago: Chet Atkins Dies
On June 30, 2001, Atkins passed away. He was 77 years old at the time of his death.
11 Years Ago: Glen Campbell Reveals His Alzheimer’s Diagnosis
On June 22, 2011, Campbell's fans learned that the iconic singer had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.
25 Years Ago: Tim McGraw and Faith Hill Reach No. 1 With ‘It’s Your Love’
On June 7, 1997, McGraw and Hill soared to the top of the charts with their duet, "It's Your Love," from McGraw's 'Everywhere' album.
40 Years Ago: The Bluebird Cafe Opens in Nashville
In June of 1982, the famous Bluebird Cafe opened its doors in Nashville, Tenn.
30 Years Ago: Brooks & Dunn Earn First Gold Album With ‘Brand New Man’
On May 26, 1992, Brooks & Dunn earned their first gold-selling album, for their freshman record, 'Brand New Man'.
20 Years Ago: Alan Jackson Hits No. 1 With ‘Drive (For Daddy Gene)’
On May 25, 2002, Jackson earned his 20th No. 1 hit with "Drive (For Daddy Gene)."
52 Years Ago: Merle Haggard’s ‘Okie From Muskogee’ Album Hits No. 1
On May 22, 1970, 'Okie From Muskogee' hit No. 1 on the charts.
70 Years Ago: George Strait Is Born in Poteet, Texas
Happy birthday, George!
67 Years Ago: Kix Brooks Is Born in Shreveport, La.
Happy birthday to him!
36 Years Ago: The Judds’ ‘Why Not Me’ Is Certified Platinum
On April 25, 1986, the Judds' 'Why Not Me' album was certified platinum, for sales of one million copies.