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.
24 Years Ago: Steve Wariner Joins the Grand Ole Opry
On May 11, 1996, Wariner was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry.
41 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.
47 Years Ago: Johnny Cash Receives Honorary Doctorate Degree
On May 8, 1976, "the Man in Black" received an honorary doctorate degree from National University in San Diego, Calif.
22 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.
46 Years Ago: Eric Church Is Born in Granite Falls, N.C.
Happy birthday, EC!
56 Years Ago: Tim McGraw Is Born in Delhi, La.
Happy birthday, Tim!
23 Years Ago: Rascal Flatts Debut on the Grand Ole Opry
On April 28, 2000, the country trio made their debut on the Grand Ole Opry.
37 Years Ago: The Judds’ ‘Why Not Me’ Is Certified Platinum
On April 25, 1986, the Judds' 'Why Not Me' album was certified platinum, for sales of one million copies.
32 Years Ago: Garth Brooks Wins a Record Six Times at the ACM Awards
On April 24, 1991, Brooks set an ACMs record
67 Years Ago: Elvis Presley Bombs in Las Vegas Debut
On this day (April 23) in 1956, Presley made his debut in Las Vegas, where his performance was not well received.
87 Years Ago: Glen Campbell Is Born in Delight, Ark.
Campbell would have turned 86 today.
54 Years Ago: Glen Campbell Earns a No. 1 Hit With ‘Galveston’
On April 19, 1969, Campbell earned a No.1 hit with "Galveston."