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.
23 Years Ago: LeAnn Rimes Performs for Pope John Paul II
On Nov. 25, 1999, Rimes performed for Pope John Paul II.
49 Years Ago: Loretta Lynn Releases ‘Rated ‘X”
On Nov. 20, 1972, Lynn released her single "Rated 'X'."
24 Years Ago: Shania Twain’s ‘Come on Over’ Is Released
On Nov. 4, 1997, Twain's 'Come on Over' album was released.
Top 10 CMA Awards Moments
From historic Entertainer of the Year wins to surprising onstage antics, this photo gallery looks back at 10 of the CMA Awards' biggest moments.
85 Years Ago: Charlie Daniels Is Born in Wilmington, N.C.
Happy birthday, Charlie!
53 Years Ago: Johnny Cash’s ‘Sunday Morning Coming Down’ Hits No. 1
On Oct. 10, 1970, Cash's "Sunday Morning Coming Down" landed at No. 1.
8 Years Ago: Rascal Flatts Join the Grand Ole Opry
On Oct. 8, 2011, the Flatts were officially welcomed as members of the Grand Ole Opry.
29 Years Ago: Garth Brooks Joins the Grand Ole Opry
On Oct. 6, 1990, Brooks was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry.
15 Years Ago: Willie Nelson Busted for Drug Possession
On Sept. 18, 2006, Nelson was arrested for possession of marijuana and narcotic mushrooms.
51 Years Ago: Lynn Anderson Records ‘(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden’
On Sept. 10, 1970, Anderson recorded "(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden."
39 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."
What’s It Like to Have a Star Sing Your Song? Country Songwriters Reflect
Every great artist begins with a great song. But while the singer often receives the most recognition when a song becomes a hit, the songwriters too deserve much of the credit.