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.
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.
42 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.
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."
29 Years Ago: Naomi Judd Marries Larry Strickland
Happy anniversary, you two!
12 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'.
17 Years Ago: Blake Shelton Makes His Grand Ole Opry Debut
On May 5, 2001, Shelton made his debut on the Grand Ole Opry, performing "Austin," from his self-titled debut album.
27 Years Ago: Travis Tritt Makes His Grand Ole Opry Debut
Happy Opry anniversary to him!
59 Years Ago: Randy Travis Is Born in Monroe, N.C.
Happy birthday, Randy!
41 Years Ago: Eric Church Is Born in Granite Falls, N.C.
Happy birthday, EC!