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.
29 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.
73 Years Ago: Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs Make Their Grand Ole Opry Debut
Dec, 8, 1945, was an historic day for country music.
24 Years Ago: Toby Keith Hits No. 1 With ‘Who’s That Man’
On Oct. 8, 1994, Keith was undoubtedly raising a glass to toast to his success.
17 Years Ago: ‘Reba’ Debuts on the WB Network
On Oct. 5, 2001, the sitcom 'Reba' debuted on the WB network.
24 Years Ago: Vince Gill Wins Three CMA Awards
Oct. 5, 1994 was a day of celebration for Gill.
44 Years Ago: Inaugural Volunteer Jam Held in Nashville
On Oct. 4, 1974, the first-ever Volunteer Jam was held at the War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville.
64 Years Ago: Elvis Presley Bombs on the Grand Ole Opry
Presley wasn't swayed by discouragement, and it's a good thing.
13 Years Ago: Dierks Bentley Is Inducted Into the Grand Ole Opry
On Oct. 1, 2005, Bentley was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry.
32 Years Ago: Patty Loveless Releases Her Debut Album
On Oct. 1, 1986, Loveless released her self-titled debut album.
29 Years Ago: Clint Black Picks Up First Gold Album for ‘Killin’ Time’
On Sept. 24, 1989, Black earned his first gold record, for his freshman album, 'Killin' Time'.
19 Years Ago: Lonestar Collect First Platinum Album for ‘Lonely Grill’
On Sept. 24, 1999, Lonestar scored their first platinum album.
12 Years Ago: Willie Nelson Busted for Drug Possession
On Sept. 18, 2006, Nelson was arrested for possession of marijuana and narcotic mushrooms.