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.
28 Years Ago: Garth Brooks Hits No. 1 With ‘Unanswered Prayers’
On this day (Jan. 12) in 1991, the song soared to the top of the charts.
54 Years Ago: Willie Nelson Makes His Grand Ole Opry Debut
Nov. 28, 1964, was an unforgettable day for Nelson.
13 Years Ago: Carrie Underwood’s ‘Jesus, Take the Wheel’ Is Released
On Oct. 18, 2005, Underwood's life was about to change.
9 Years Ago: Taylor Swift’s ‘You Belong With Me’ Wins Best Female Video at MTV Music Award…
On Sept. 13, 2009, Swift's acceptance speech at the MTV Video Music Awards for "You Belong With Me" was infamously interrupted by Kanye West.
39 Years Ago: Waylon Jennings’ ‘Greatest Hits’ Album Certified Platinum
On Sept. 7, 1979, Jennings' 'Greatest Hits' album was certified platinum, for sales in excess of one million units.
26 Years Ago: Vince Gill Earns His First No. 1 Hit With ‘I Still Believe in You’
Gill earned his first No. 1 hit, "I Still Believe in You," on Sept. 5, 1992.
37 Years Ago: George Strait’s Debut Album Is Released
On Sept. 4, 1981, Strait's debut album, 'Strait Country', was released.
36 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."
15 Years Ago: Alan Jackson, Jimmy Buffett Hit No. 1 With ‘It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere’
On Aug. 9, 2003, Jackson and Buffett hit No. 1 with "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere," from Jackson's 'Greatest Hits II' album.
29 Years Ago: Dolly Parton Reaches No. 1 With ‘Why’d You Come in Here Lookin’ Like That’
On Aug. 5, 1989, Parton soared to the top of the charts with her single "Why'd You Come in Here Lookin' Like That."