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.
36 Years Ago: ‘Highwayman’ Hits No. 1 on Billboard
On Aug. 17, 1985, the Highwaymen hit No. 1 with their debut single, "Highwayman."
35 Years Ago: Dollywood Opens in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
On July 16, 1986, Parton opened her theme park, Dollywood, in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
65 Years Ago: Johnny Cash Makes His Grand Ole Opry Debut
On July 7, 1956, Cash made his debut on the Grand Ole Opry -- and met his future wife, June Carter.
34 Years Ago: Randy Travis Hits No. 1 With ‘Forever and Ever, Amen’
On June 13, 1987, "Forever and Ever, Amen" reached the top of the charts, where it stayed for three weeks.
29 Years Ago: Billy Ray Cyrus Hits No. 1 With ‘Achy Breaky Heart’
On May 30, 1992, Cyrus' debut single, "Achy Breaky Heart," from his freshman album, 'Some Gave All', soared to the top of the charts.
20 Years Ago: Blake Shelton Makes His Grand Ole Opry Debut
On May 5, 2001, Shelton made his debut on the Grand Ole Opry, performing "Austin," from his self-titled debut 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.
29 Years Ago: Garth Brooks Hits No. 1 With ‘Shameless’
On Nov. 16, 1991, Brooks earned his seventh No. 1 single with the tune "Shameless."
20 Years Ago: Chris LeDoux Undergoes Liver Transplant
Oct. 7, 2000, was a bittersweet day for LeDoux and his family.
26 Years Ago: Shania Twain’s ‘The Woman in Me’ Goes Platinum
On June 22, 1995, Twain earned her first platinum album with her sophomore record, 'The Woman in Me'.
29 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'.
52 Years Ago: Johnny Cash Earns No. 1 Hit With ‘A Boy Named Sue’
On Aug. 23, 1969, Cash earned a No. 1 hit with his song "A Boy Named Sue," from his 'At San Quentin' album.