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.
50 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.
65 Years Ago: Kix Brooks Is Born in Shreveport, La.
Happy birthday to him!
38 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.
44 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.
14 Years Ago: Carrie Underwood Graduates From Northeastern State University
On May 6, 2006, Underwood graduated from Northeastern State University, one year after winning 'American Idol'.
29 Years Ago: Travis Tritt Makes His Grand Ole Opry Debut
Happy Opry anniversary to him!
43 Years Ago: Eric Church Is Born in Granite Falls, N.C.
Happy birthday, EC!
53 Years Ago: Tim McGraw Is Born in Delhi, La.
Happy birthday, Tim!
29 Years Ago: Garth Brooks Wins a Record Six Times at the ACM Awards
On April 24, 1991, Brooks set an ACMs record
64 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.