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: Randy Travis Hits No. 1 With ‘Forever and Ever, Amen’
On June 13, 1987, "Forever and Ever, Amen" reached the top of the charts, where it stayed for three weeks.
69 Years Ago: Hank Williams Debuts on the Grand Ole Opry
On June 11, 1949, Williams made his debut on the Grand Ole Opry.
13 Years Ago: Carrie Underwood Makes Her Grand Ole Opry Debut
On June 10, 2005, Underwood made her debut on the Grand Ole Opry, shortly after she won Season 4 of 'American Idol'.
19 Years Ago: Brad Paisley Makes His Grand Ole Opry Debut
On May 28, 1999, Paisley made his debut on the Grand Ole Opry.
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."
12 Years Ago: Carrie Underwood Graduates From Northeastern State University
On May 6, 2006, Underwood graduated from Northeastern State University, one year after winning 'American Idol'.
17 Years Ago: Blake Shelton Makes His Grand Ole Opry Debut
On May 5, 2001, Shelton made his debut on the Grand Ole Opry, performing "Austin," from his self-titled debut album.
27 Years Ago: Travis Tritt Makes His Grand Ole Opry Debut
Happy Opry anniversary to him!
59 Years Ago: Randy Travis Is Born in Monroe, N.C.
Happy birthday, Randy!
29 Years Ago: Clint Black Makes His Grand Ole Opry Debut
On April 22, 1989, Black made his debut on the Grand Ole Opry, just as his first single, "A Better Man," was climbing the charts.