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Gayle Thompson

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.
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21 Years Ago: Clay Walker Earns First Platinum Record With Self-Titled Debut

Twenty-one years ago today, on Aug. 31, 1994, Clay Walker was undoubtedly in a celebratory mood. It was on this day that the singer-songwriter earned his first platinum record, signifying sales in excess of one million units, with his self-titled debut.

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18 Years Ago: Kenny Chesney Scores First No. 1 Hit With ‘She’s Got It All’

Aug. 30 marks a big anniversary for Kenny Chesney. It was on that date, 18 years ago, that the Tennessee native reached a career turning point with "She's Got It All," from his fourth album, I Will Stand. The song became his first No. 1 Billboard hit on Aug. 30, 1997.

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33 Years Ago: George Strait Earns First No. 1 Hit With ‘Fool Hearted Memory’

It's been 33 years since George Strait earned his first No. 1 hit with "Fool Hearted Memory." The Texan's first single from his sophomore album, Strait From the Heart, shot to the top of the charts, paving the way for 59 more singles to follow. The song reached No. 1 on Aug. 28, 1982.

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36 Years Ago: Charlie Daniels Hits No. 1 With ‘The Devil Went Down to Georgia’

On Aug. 25, 1979, Charlie Daniels was undoubtedly doing plenty of celebrating. It was on this day 36 years ago that the singer earned his first No. 1 hit, with his single "The Devil Went Down to Georgia."

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12 Years Ago: Trace Adkins Inducted Into the Grand Ole Opry

Trace Adkins had already earned 10 Top 20 hits by this time in 2003. He'd had his first No. 1 single, "(This Ain't) No Thinkin' Thing," and had released four Top 10 albums, as well as a hits collection. But chances are, it's his induction into the Grand Ole Opry that makes Aug. 23 stand out in his mind.

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12 Years Ago: Alan Jackson, Jimmy Buffett Hit No. 1 With ‘It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere’

Twelve years ago today (Aug. 9, 2003) was a big day for Alan Jackson. It was on this day that his duet with Jimmy Buffett, "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere," hit the top of the charts, where it stayed for eight weeks.

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26 Years Ago: Dolly Parton Reaches No. 1 With ‘Why’d You Come in Here Lookin’ Like That’

Twenty-six years ago today (Aug. 5, 1989), Dolly Parton earned her 16th No. 1 hit with her single "Why'd You Come in Here Lookin' Like That." The song was the debut single from her gold-selling 1989 White Limozeen album, which was produced by Ricky Skaggs.

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