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.
14 Years Ago: Reba McEntire Reaches No. 1 With ‘Somebody’
On Aug. 7, 2004, McEntire earned her 22nd No. 1 hit with "Somebody," from her 'Room to Breathe' album.
7 Years Ago: The Oak Ridge Boys Inducted Into the Grand Ole Opry
On Aug. 6, 2011, the Oak Ridge Boys were officially inducted into Grand Ole Opry.
17 Years Ago: Blake Shelton’s Debut Album Is Released
On July 31, 2001, Shelton's self-titled debut album was released.
33 Years Ago: Alabama Become First Country Act to Earn Quadruple-Platinum Status
On July 30, 1985, Alabama became the first country act to earn quadruple platinum status, both for 'Mountain Music' and 'Feels So Right'.
18 Years Ago: Lee Ann Womack Hits No. 1 With ‘I Hope You Dance’
On July 8, 2000, Womack's single "I Hope You Dance" landed at the top of the charts.
62 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.
27 Years Ago: Trisha Yearwood Releases Her Debut Album
On July 2, 1991, Yearwood released her self-titled debut album.
14 Years Ago: Gretchen Wilson’s ‘Here for the Party’ Goes Gold, Platinum
On June 21, 2004, Wilson struck gold -- and platinum.
Chris Young Extends Headlining 2018 Losing Sleep Tour … Again
Young's added more fall dates to his 2018 trek!
31 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.