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.
7 Years Ago: Glen Campbell Reveals Alzheimer’s Diagnosis
On June 22, 2011, Campbell's fans learned that the iconic singer had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.
69 Years Ago: Hank Williams Debuts on the Grand Ole Opry
On June 11, 1949, Williams made his debut on the Grand Ole Opry.
14 Years Ago: Gretchen Wilson Hits No. 1 With ‘Redneck Woman’
On May 29, 2004, Wilson earned her first No.1 hit with her debut single, "Redneck Woman," from her album 'Here for the Party'.
36 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.
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."
29 Years Ago: Naomi Judd Marries Larry Strickland
Happy anniversary, you two!
27 Years Ago: Travis Tritt Makes His Grand Ole Opry Debut
Happy Opry anniversary to him!
62 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.
12 Years Ago: Jo Dee Messina Runs the Boston Marathon
On April 17, 2006, Messina ran the Boston Marathon ... and completed the race, even after injuring her knee.
8 Years Ago: Alan Jackson Receives Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame
On April 16, 2010, Jackson received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
18 Years Ago: Toby Keith Hits No. 1 With ‘How Do You Like Me Now?!’
On March 18, 2000, Keith soared to the top of the charts with his single "How Do You Like Me Now?!" from his album of the same name.
48 Years Ago: Merle Haggard Hits No. 1 With ‘The Fightin’ Side of Me’
On March 14, 1970, Haggard scored his ninth No. 1 hit.