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.
89 Years Ago: Loretta Lynn Is Born in Butcher Holler, Ky.
Happy birthday, Miss Loretta!
50 Years Ago: John Denver’s ‘Take Me Home, Country Roads’ Is Released
On April 12, 1971, "Take Me Home, Country Roads" was released as a single.
29 Years Ago: Wynonna Judd Hits No. 1 With Debut Solo Single
On April 11, 1992, Judd earned her first hit as a solo artist.
26 Years Ago: George Strait Records ‘Check Yes or No’ and ‘I Know She Still Loves Me’
On April 10, 1995, Strait recorded "Check Yes or No" and "I Know She Still Loves Me" for his 'Strait Out of the Box' album.
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.
14 Years Ago: Luke Bryan Makes His Grand Ole Opry Debut
On April 6, 2007, Bryan made his debut on the Grand Ole Opry.
24 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'.
36 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'.
50 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.
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.