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: Taylor Swift Makes Her Grand Ole Opry Debut
On Sept. 1, 2006, Swift made her debut on the Grand Ole Opry.
38 Years Ago: George Strait Earns First No. 1 Hit With ‘Fool Hearted Memory’
On Aug. 28, 1982, Strait earned his first No. 1 hit with his single "Fool Hearted Memory."
13 Years Ago: Luke Bryan’s Debut Album Is Released
On Aug. 14, 2007, Bryan's 'I'll Stay Me' album was released.
59 Years Ago: Patsy Cline Hits No. 1 With ‘I Fall to Pieces’
On Aug. 7, 1961, Cline earned her first No. 1 hit with "I Fall to Pieces," from her 'Patsy Cline Showcase' album.
18 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.
14 Years Ago: Kellie Pickler Signs Her First Record Deal
On July 17, 2006, Pickler signed her first record deal, with BNA Records.
34 Years Ago: Dollywood Opens in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
On July 16, 1986, Parton opened her theme park, Dollywood, in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
30 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.
29 Years Ago: Trisha Yearwood Releases Her Debut Album
On July 2, 1991, Yearwood released her self-titled debut album.
44 Years Ago: Blake Shelton Is Born in Ada, Okla.
Happy birthday, Blake!