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.
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!
29 Years Ago: Clint Black Makes His Grand Ole Opry Debut
On April 22, 1989, Black made his debut on the Grand Ole Opry, just as his first single, "A Better Man," was climbing the charts.
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.
86 Years Ago: Loretta Lynn Is Born in Butcher Holler, Ky.
Happy birthday, Miss Loretta!
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.
12 Years Ago: Eric Church Makes His Grand Ole Opry Debut
On April 1, 2006, Church made his debut on the Grand Ole Opry.
18 Years Ago: Toby Keith Hits No. 1 With ‘How Do You Like Me Now?!’
On March 18, 2000, Keith soared to the top of the charts with his single "How Do You Like Me Now?!" from his album of the same name.
48 Years Ago: Merle Haggard Hits No. 1 With ‘The Fightin’ Side of Me’
On March 14, 1970, Haggard scored his ninth No. 1 hit.