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.
31 Years Ago: Reba McEntire’s Band Members Die in Plane Crash
On March 16, 1991, McEntire lost seven of her band members, plus her tour manager, in a fatal airplane crash.
66 Years Ago: Elvis Presley Earns First No. 1 Hit With ‘I Forgot to Remember to Forget’
On Feb. 25, 1956, Presley earned his first No. 1 hit with "I Forgot to Remember to Forget."
48 Years Ago: Dolly Parton, Porter Wagoner End Their Musical Partnership
On Feb. 19, 1974, Parton announced her split from Wagoner, after more than seven years of performing together.
36 Years Ago: ‘Highwayman’ Album Certified Gold
It was the country music supergroup's first album.
20 Years Ago: Jo Dee Messina Earns Second Platinum Album With ‘Burn’
On Feb. 8, 2002, 'Burn' was certified platinum, for sales of one million units.
46 Years Ago: Ronnie Milsap Inducted Into the Grand Ole Opry
He was just 33 years old.
9 Years Ago: George Strait Begins His Final Tour
On Jan. 18, 2013, Strait kicked off his farewell trek in Lubbock, Texas.
31 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.
32 Years Ago: Garth Brooks Earns First No. 1 With ‘If Tomorrow Never Comes’
Dec. 9, 1989, is a day that Brooks will undoubtedly never forget.
96 Years Ago: The Grand Ole Opry Begins Broadcasting
Nov. 28, 1925, was an historic day for country music.