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.
31 Years Ago: Vince Gill Joins the Grand Ole Opry
On Aug. 10, 1991, Gill became an official member of the Grand Ole Opry.
20 Years Ago: Kenny Chesney Hits No. 1 With ‘The Good Stuff’
On July 27, 2002, Chesney added another No. 1 hit to the growing list of "good stuff" that was happening in his career.
36 Years Ago: Randy Travis Hits No. 1 With ‘On the Other Hand’
On July 26, 1986, Travis earned his first No. 1 hit with "On the Other Hand," from his 'Storms of Life' album.
35 Years Ago: George Strait Hits No. 1 With ‘All My Ex’s Live in Texas’
On July 11, 1987, Strait took over the No. 1 spot on the charts with his single "All My Ex's Live in Texas."
22 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.
66 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.
42 Years Ago: George Jones’ ‘He Stopped Loving Her Today’ Hits No. 1
On July 5, 1980, Jones earned a No. 1 hit with "He Stopped Loving Her Today."
20 Years Ago: The Chicks’ ‘Fly’ Certified Diamond
On June 25, 2002, the Chicks achieved a career milestone that only a few country artists have.
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.
11 Years Ago: Shania Twain Receives Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame
On June 2, 2011, Twain received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.