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.
58 Years Ago: Loretta Lynn Signs With Decca Records
On Sept. 3, 1961, Lynn signed with Decca Records.
9 Years Ago: Brooks & Dunn Play Their Final Show
On Sept. 2, 2010, Brooks & Dunn played their final show, at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena.
33 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.
63 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.
50 Years Ago: Glen Campbell Earns a No. 1 Hit With ‘Galveston’
On April 19, 1969, Campbell earned a No.1 hit with "Galveston."
22 Years Ago: Trace Adkins Scores First No. 1 Hit With ‘(This Ain’t) No Thinkin’ Thing’
On April 5, 1997, Adkins scored his first No. 1 hit with "(This Ain't) No Thinkin' Thing," from his freshman album, 'Dreamin' Out Loud'.
34 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'.
48 Years Ago: Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty’s ‘After the Fire Is Gone’ Hits No. 1
On April 3, 1971, Lynn and Twitty's debut single, "After the Fire Is Gone," landed at the top of the charts.
19 Years Ago: Garth Brooks Wraps Up Spring Training With the New York Mets
On March 19, 2000, Brooks wrapped up spring training with the New York Mets.
33 Years Ago: Randy Travis Makes His Grand Ole Opry Debut
On March 7, 1986, Travis made his debut on the Grand Ole Opry, performing "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry."