Crystal Gayle is an American country music singer whose hit songs include "Talking In Your Sleep" and "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue," for which she won the Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance in 1978. Her older sister is Loretta Lynn, another well-known American country music singer.Continue Reading
Gayle began recording music in 1970, after she finished high school. Her singing debut was "I've Cried (The Blue Right Out of My Eyes)," which Lynn wrote. In Gayle's initial recordings she attempted to imitate Lynn's style, but she did not find success until she began working with Allen Reynolds, a producer. Reynolds helped Gayle develop her own style.
In 1974, Gayle released a single, "Wrong Road Again," which became her first Top 10 country hit. Other songs, such as "I'll Get Over You," were country music hits, but they also were crossover hits and made the Billboard Top 100 and Billboard Adult Contemporary chart. Her song "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue," released in 1977, was Gayle's biggest hit. It reached number one on the country music charts and number two on the pop music charts.
"We Must Believe in Magic," the album on which "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue" appeared, went platinum in 1978. Gayle was the first female country music singer to achieve this. Gayle continued to release successful songs in the 1980s, such as "You and I," a duet with Eddie Rabbit. She recorded albums in the 1990s and early 2000s, but did not achieve the same level of success as she had in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Gayle, born Brenda Gail Webb in 1951, changed her name at the request of her first recording label. Crystal came from the Krystal hamburger chain and Gayle from her middle name.Learn more about Art & Literature