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.
87 Years Ago: Patsy Cline Is Born in Gore, Va.
On Sept. 8, 1932, Virginia Patterson Hensley — known to country music fans as Patsy Cline — was born in Gore, Va.
27 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.
38 Years Ago: George Strait’s Debut Album Is Released
On Sept. 4, 1981, Strait's debut album, 'Strait Country', was released.
13 Years Ago: Taylor Swift Makes Her Grand Ole Opry Debut
On Sept. 1, 2006, Swift made her debut on the Grand Ole Opry.
22 Years Ago: Kenny Chesney Scores First No. 1 Hit With ‘She’s Got It All’
On Aug. 30, 1997, Chesney scored his first No. 1 hit with the single "She's Got It All."
37 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."
50 Years Ago: Johnny Cash Earns No. 1 Hit With ‘A Boy Named Sue’
On Aug. 23, 1969, Cash earned a No. 1 hit with his song "A Boy Named Sue," from his 'At San Quentin' album.
18 Years Ago: Blake Shelton’s Debut Album Is Released
On July 31, 2001, Shelton's self-titled debut album was released.
22 Years Ago: George Strait Hits No. 1 With ‘Carrying Your Love With Me’
On July 19, 1997, the King of Country landed in the No. 1 spot with his song "Carrying Your Love With Me."
48 Years Ago: John Denver’s ‘Take Me Home, Country Roads’ Is Released
On April 12, 1971, "Take Me Home, Country Roads" was released as a single.