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.
21 Years Ago: Garth Brooks Announces His Retirement
On Oct. 26, 2000, Brooks' fans received disappointing news.
30 Years Ago: Garth Brooks’ ‘No Fences’ Makes Country Music History
On Oct. 24, 1991, Brooks made history when his album 'No Fences' became the first country record to sell more than 5 million copies.
15 Years Ago: Taylor Swift’s Debut Album Is Released
On Oct. 24, 2006, Swift's life was about to completely change.
16 Years Ago: Carrie Underwood’s ‘Jesus, Take the Wheel’ Is Released
On Oct. 18, 2005, Underwood's life was about to change.
34 Years Ago: Anne Murray Becomes the First Female Country Artist to Earn a Triple-Platinu…
On Oct. 16, 1987, Murray made history in country music.
49 Years Ago: Loretta Lynn Becomes the First Woman to Win Entertainer of the Year at the C…
On Oct. 16, 1972, Lynn became the first woman to win a CMA for Entertainer of the Year.
19 Years Ago: The Chicks’ ‘Home’ Album Goes Triple-Platinum
On Oct. 11, 2002, the Chicks' album 'Home' was certified triple platinum, signifying sales in excess of 3 million units.
28 Years Ago: Vince Gill Hits No. 1 With ‘One More Last Chance’
On Oct. 9, 1993, Gill earned his third No. 1 hit.
67 Years Ago: Elvis Presley Bombs on the Grand Ole Opry
Presley wasn't swayed by discouragement, and it's a good thing.
35 Years Ago: Patty Loveless Releases Her Debut Album
On Oct. 1, 1986, Loveless released her self-titled debut album.