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.
82 Years Ago: Glen Campbell Is Born in Delight, Ark.
Campbell would have turned 82 today.
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: Dolly Parton Serves as Host and Musical Guest on ‘SNL’
On April 15, 1989, Parton served as both the host and musical guest on 'Saturday Night Live'.
27 Years Ago: Patty Loveless Earns First Gold Album With ‘Honky Tonk Angel’
On April 9, 1991, Loveless received her first gold album, for her 1988 'Honky Tonk Angel' record.
29 Years Ago: Keith Whitley Hits No. 1 With ‘I’m No Stranger to the Rain’
On April 8, 1989, "I'm No Stranger to the Rain" became Whitley's last No. 1 hit before his death from alcoholism.
62 Years Ago: Johnny Cash Records ‘I Walk the Line’
On April 2, 1956, Cash recorded what would become one of his most famous songs.
51 Years Ago: The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Opens
On April 1, 1967, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum opened in Nashville, Tenn.
63 Years Ago: Reba McEntire Is Born in Oklahoma
Happy birthday, Reba!
47 Years Ago: Lynn Anderson’s ‘Rose Garden’ Album Hits No. 1
On March 18, 1971, Anderson's 'Rose Garden' album hit No. 1, and stayed there for 14 weeks.
49 Years Ago: Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs Split Up
On March 11, 1969, Flatt and Scruggs ended their musical partnership, which spanned more than 25 years.