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.
30 Years Ago: Billy Ray Cyrus Records ‘Some Gave All’
On May 19, 1992, Cyrus recorded the title track of his freshman album.
Dolly Parton Doesn’t Make New Year’s Resolutions
When Jan. 1 rolls around, people all over the world make their resolutions for the new year, but Parton isn't one of them.
57 Years Ago: Glen Campbell Makes His First Appearance With the Beach Boys
Dec. 24, 1964, was an unforgettable day for Campbell.
30 Years Ago: Roy Acuff Becomes First Country Artist to Receive a Kennedy Center Honor
On Dec. 8, 1991, Acuff received a prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the Kennedy Center Honors ceremony in Washington, DC, becoming the first country artist to achieve the honor.
21 Years Ago: LeAnn Rimes Performs for Pope John Paul II
On Nov. 25, 1999, Rimes performed for Pope John Paul II.
39 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.
46 Years Ago: Reba McEntire Signs Her First Recording Contract
On Nov. 11, 1975, McEntire's career as a country music singer officially began.
31 Years Ago: Tim McGraw Signs With Curb Records
On Oct. 22, 1990, McGraw signed with Curb Records.
21 Years Ago: Chris LeDoux Undergoes Liver Transplant
Oct. 7, 2000, was a bittersweet day for LeDoux and his family.
31 Years Ago: Garth Brooks Joins the Grand Ole Opry
On Oct. 6, 1990, Brooks was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry.
26 Years Ago: Tim McGraw’s ‘I Like It, I Love It’ Hits No. 1
On Sept. 16, 1995, McGraw shot straight to No. 1 with "I Like It, I Love it."
60 Years Ago: Loretta Lynn Signs With Decca Records
On Sept. 3, 1961, Lynn signed with Decca Records.