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.
14 Years Ago: Gretchen Wilson’s ‘Here for the Party’ Goes Gold, Platinum
On June 21, 2004, Wilson struck gold -- and platinum.
12 Years Ago: Taylor Swift’s ‘Tim McGraw’ Is Released
On June 19, 2006, Swift's debut single, "Tim McGraw," was released.
27 Years Ago: Alan Jackson Becomes a Grand Ole Opry Member
On June 7, 1991, Jackson officially became a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
44 Years Ago: Dolly Parton Hits No. 1 With ‘I Will Always Love You’
On June 8, 1974, Parton's "I Will Always Love You," from her 'Jolene' album, soared to the top of the charts.
9 Years Ago: George Strait’s ‘Troubadour’ Certified Platinum
On June 3, 2009, Strait's 'Troubadour' album was certified platinum, for sales of one million copies.
26 Years Ago: Billy Ray Cyrus Hits No. 1 With ‘Achy Breaky Heart’
On May 30, 1992, Cyrus' debut single, "Achy Breaky Heart," from his freshman album, 'Some Gave All', soared to the top of the charts.
14 Years Ago: Gretchen Wilson Hits No. 1 With ‘Redneck Woman’
On May 29, 2004, Wilson earned her first No.1 hit with her debut single, "Redneck Woman," from her album 'Here for the Party'.
48 Years Ago: Merle Haggard’s ‘Okie From Muskogee’ Album Hits No. 1
On May 22, 1970, 'Okie From Muskogee' hit No. 1 on the charts.
29 Years Ago: Keith Whitley Dies
Whitley died at the age of 34 from alcohol poisoning.
36 Years Ago: Willie Nelson’s ‘Always on My Mind’ Hits No. 1
On May 8, 1982, Nelson's version of "Always on My Mind" hit No. 1 on the charts.
69 Years Ago: Hank Williams Gets His First No. 1 Song With ‘Lovesick Blues’
On May 7, 1949, Williams earned his first No. 1 hit, with "Lovesick Blues."
41 Years Ago: Eric Church Is Born in Granite Falls, N.C.
Happy birthday, EC!