Crystal Gayle is known for her hit singles “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blues,” “You and I,” and many more. She grew up admiring her sister Loretta Lynn, a well-known country singer and followed on her footsteps. However, despite her sister’s being famous, Gayle made her own name in country music.
Today we will be celebrating Gayle’s 68th birthday by remembering the songs that brought her to where she is now.
Crystal Gayle’s Beginnings
Brenda Gail Webb or better known as Crystal Gayle was born on January 9, 1951, at Paintsville, Kentucky. Her love for singing was inspired by her sister Loretta. The first record label that welcomed Gayle was Decca Records, the same label that signed her sister. She recorded singles that were similar to her sister’s. Her first song to enter the chart was “I’ve Cried (The Blue Right Out of My Eyes).” It’s a single written by her Lynn, and it entered the chart at number twenty-three.
After leaving Decca Records, Gayle finally achieved freedom in creating her own style in country music. When she signed with United Artists, she began receiving success in her music.
Songs of Crystal Gayle
Here we listed some of the songs she is best known for.
“Wrong Road Again”
Her song “Wrong Road Again” was a single from her eponymous album in 1974. The song was written by Allen Reynolds. It has entered the country chart at number six, making this Gayle’s first song on the top ten of the country chart.
“I’ll Get Over You”
Moving to United Artists gave Gayle the chance to achieve her dream. Her first song to peak at number one was “I’ll Get Over You.” Her single was one of the tracks from her 1976 album Somebody Loves You. In addition, this was her first song to enter the pop chart at number seventy-one.
“Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue”
Richard Leigh wrote what is known to be Gayle’s signature song. She achieved international success when she released “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue.” Her song reached number one on the country chart. In addition, this is her highest charting song on the pop chart. Gayle also won a Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for this single.
“You and I”
In 1982, Crystal Gayle collaborated with Eddie Rabbitt to release their chart-topping single “You and I.” The song has entered charts in the US, UK, and Canada. Furthermore, “You and I” placed at number seven on the pop chart.
“Talking in Your Sleep”
Gayle achieved another number one with her single “Talking in You Sleep.” The song was written by Roger Cook and Bobby Wood in 1977. Her song was one of the tracks on her album When I Dream. Gayle’s single also crossed over to the pop chart at number eighteen, and Adult Contemporary chart at number three.
Other known songs of Crystal Gayle are “You’ll Never Miss A Real Good Thing,” “It’s Like We Never Said Goodbye,” “Ready for the Times to Get Better,” “Half the Way,” “Somebody Love You,” and “Cry.”