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.
15 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'.
20 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.
44 Years Ago: Eric Church Is Born in Granite Falls, N.C.
Happy birthday, EC!
35 Years Ago: The Judds’ ‘Why Not Me’ Is Certified Platinum
On April 25, 1986, the Judds' 'Why Not Me' album was certified platinum, for sales of one million copies.
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.
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.
25 Years Ago: Martina McBride Hits No. 1 With ‘Wild Angels’
On March 2. 1996, McBride earned her first No. 1 hit, with "Wild Angels," the title track of her third studio album.
10 Years Ago: Thompson Square Release Their Debut Album
On Feb. 8, 2011, the husband-and-wife duo released their self-titled debut album.
15 Years Ago: Carrie Underwood’s ‘Jesus, Take the Wheel’ Hits No. 1
On Jan. 21, 2006, Underwood earned a No. 1 hit with her debut single, "Jesus, Take the Wheel."
75 Years Ago: Dolly Parton Is Born in Tennessee
Happy birthday, Dolly!