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.
15 Years Ago: Eric Church Releases ‘Sinners Like Me’
On July 18, 2006, Church's freshman album, 'Sinners Like Me', was released on Capitol Nashville.
35 Years Ago: Dollywood Opens in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
On July 16, 1986, Parton opened her theme park, Dollywood, in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
34 Years Ago: George Strait Hits No. 1 With ‘All My Ex’s Live in Texas’
On July 11, 1987, Strait took over the No. 1 spot on the charts with his single "All My Ex's Live in Texas."
34 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.
30 Years Ago: Garth Brooks Wins a Record Six Times at the ACM Awards
On April 24, 1991, Brooks set an ACMs record
65 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.
29 Years Ago: Wynonna Judd Hits No. 1 With Debut Solo Single
On April 11, 1992, Judd earned her first hit as a solo artist.
26 Years Ago: George Strait Records ‘Check Yes or No’ and ‘I Know She Still Loves Me’
On April 10, 1995, Strait recorded "Check Yes or No" and "I Know She Still Loves Me" for his 'Strait Out of the Box' album.
36 Years Ago: The Judds Score First Gold Album With ‘Why Not Me’
On April 4, 1985, the Judds earned their first gold album, for 'Why Not Me'.
30 Years Ago: Alan Jackson Scores His First No. 1 Hit
Jackson earned his first No. 1 hit on March 9, 1991, with the song "I'd Love You All Over Again," from his freshman 'Here in the Real World' album.
15 Years Ago: Miranda Lambert’s ‘Kerosene’ Goes Gold
On March 6, 2006, Lambert earned her first gold single.
34 Years Ago: Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris Release ‘Trio’
On March 2, 1987, 'Trio' was released on Warner Bros.