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.
30 Years Ago: Naomi Judd Announces Her Retirement
On Oct. 17, 1990, Judd announced that she was retiring from music because of her diagnosis of Hepatitis C.
33 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.
10 Years Ago: The Band Perry’s Debut Album Is Released
On Oct. 12, 2010, the Band Perry released their eponymous freshman album.
15 Years Ago: Dierks Bentley Is Inducted Into the Grand Ole Opry
On Oct. 1, 2005, Bentley was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry.
8 Years Ago: George Strait Announces His Retirement From Touring
On Sept. 26, 2012, Strait announced that he was retiring from touring.
15 Years Ago: Keith Urban’s ‘Golden Road’ Goes Triple Platinum
On Sept. 22, 2005, Urban's 'Golden Road' was certified triple platinum, for sales of 3 million copies.
35 Years Ago: First Farm Aid Held in Champaign, Ill.
On Sept. 22, 1985, the very first Farm Aid was held in Champaign, Ill.
50 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."
88 Years Ago: Patsy Cline Is Born in Gore, Va.
On Sept. 8, 1932, Virginia Patterson Hensley — known to country music fans as Patsy Cline — was born in Gore, Va.
8 Years Ago: Vince Gill Earns a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
On Sept. 6, 2012, Gill earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.