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.
61 Years Ago: The Everly Brothers Earn First No. 1 Single With ‘Bye Bye Love’
On July 15, 1957, the Everly Brothers kicked off their music career with a No. 1 hit, "Bye Bye Love."
28 Years Ago: Garth Brooks Hits No. 1 With ‘The Dance’
On July 14, 1990, Brooks earned a No. 1 hit with his single "The Dance," from his debut self-titled album.
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.
27 Years Ago: Trisha Yearwood Releases Her Debut Album
On July 2, 1991, Yearwood released her self-titled debut album.
16 Years Ago: The Dixie Chicks’ ‘Fly’ Certified Diamond
On June 25, 2002, the Dixie Chicks achieved a career milestone that only a few country artists have.
12 Years Ago: Taylor Swift’s ‘Tim McGraw’ Is Released
On June 19, 2006, Swift's debut single, "Tim McGraw," was released.
9 Years Ago: George Strait’s ‘Troubadour’ Certified Platinum
On June 3, 2009, Strait's 'Troubadour' album was certified platinum, for sales of one million copies.
14 Years Ago: Gretchen Wilson Hits No. 1 With ‘Redneck Woman’
On May 29, 2004, Wilson earned her first No.1 hit with her debut single, "Redneck Woman," from her album 'Here for the Party'.
19 Years Ago: Brad Paisley Makes His Grand Ole Opry Debut
On May 28, 1999, Paisley made his debut on the Grand Ole Opry.
24 Years Ago: The Eagles Reunite for Hell Freezes Over Tour
On May 27, 1994, the Eagles began their Hell Freezes Over Tour, after a 14-year break.
29 Years Ago: Keith Whitley Dies
Whitley died at the age of 34 from alcohol poisoning.
36 Years Ago: Willie Nelson’s ‘Always on My Mind’ Hits No. 1
On May 8, 1982, Nelson's version of "Always on My Mind" hit No. 1 on the charts.