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.
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'.
48 Years Ago: Merle Haggard’s ‘Okie From Muskogee’ Album Hits No. 1
On May 22, 1970, 'Okie From Muskogee' hit No. 1 on the charts.
29 Years Ago: Keith Whitley Dies
Whitley died at the age of 34 from alcohol poisoning.
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."
41 Years Ago: Eric Church Is Born in Granite Falls, N.C.
Happy birthday, EC!
51 Years Ago: Tim McGraw Is Born in Delhi, La.
Happy birthday, Tim!
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.
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.
29 Years Ago: Garth Brooks Releases His Debut Album
'Garth Brooks' debuted on April 12, 1989.
23 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.
14 Years Ago: Kenny Chesney, Uncle Kracker Hit No. 1 With “When the Sun Goes Down”
On April 3, 2004, "When the Sun Goes Down" became a No. 1 hit.