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.
36 Years Ago: Alabama Become First Country Act to Earn Quadruple-Platinum Status
On July 30, 1985, Alabama became the first country act to earn quadruple platinum status, both for 'Mountain Music' and 'Feels So Right'.
30 Years Ago: Alan Jackson Becomes a Grand Ole Opry Member
On June 7, 1991, Jackson officially became a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
65 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.
85 Years Ago: Glen Campbell Is Born in Delight, Ark.
Campbell would have turned 85 today.
11 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.
30 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.
65 Years Ago: Johnny Cash Records ‘I Walk the Line’
On April 2, 1956, Cash recorded what would become one of his most famous songs.
54 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.
50 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.
65 Years Ago: Elvis Presley Earns First No. 1 Hit With ‘I Forgot to Remember to Forget’
On Feb. 25, 1956, Presley earned his first No. 1 hit with "I Forgot to Remember to Forget."