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.
59 Years Ago: George Jones Earns First No. 1 Single With ‘White Lightning’
On April 13, 1959, Jones earned his first No. 1 single.
29 Years Ago: Keith Whitley Hits No. 1 With ‘I’m No Stranger to the Rain’
On April 8, 1989, "I'm No Stranger to the Rain" became Whitley's last No. 1 hit before his death from alcoholism.
49 Years Ago: Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs Split Up
On March 11, 1969, Flatt and Scruggs ended their musical partnership, which spanned more than 25 years.
49 Years Ago: Johnny Cash Records ‘At San Quentin’ Album
On Feb. 24, 1969, the "Man in Black" recorded his 'At San Quentin' album.
17 Years Ago: Brad Paisley Inducted Into the Grand Ole Opry
On Feb. 17, 2001, Paisley was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry.
23 Years Ago: Alan Jackson Hits No. 1 With ‘Gone Country’
It was Jackson's 10th No. 1 hit.
28 Years Ago: Willie Nelson’s ‘Stardust’ Is Certified Quadruple Platinum
On Jan. 9, 1990, 'Stardust' album was certified quadruple platinum.
43 Years Ago: ‘Austin City Limits’ Premieres on PBS
On Jan. 2, 1975, 'Austin City Limits' premiered on PBS.
92 Years Ago: The Grand Ole Opry Begins Broadcasting
Nov. 28, 1925, was an historic day for country music.
‘CMA Country Christmas’ 2017 Performers Talk Singing Timeless Holiday Tunes
The Boot chatted with several 'CMA Country Christmas' 2017 performers about singing classic holiday songs during the show.