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Crystal Gayle

Crystal Gayle (born Brenda Gail Webb; January 9, 1951) is an American country music singer, songwriter, actress and record producer. Originally under the guidance of sister Loretta Lynn, Gayle soon developed her own MOR style. This new musical direction made her one of the most successful crossover artists of the 1970s and 80s. She is also noted for her floor-length hair.

Gayle began her career in the 1960s performing in the background of her siblings' bands, most notably Loretta Lynn. Lynn helped her sign a recording contract with Decca Records in 1970. Having minor success, she was encouraged to develop her own musical identity. Under the direction of producer Allen Reynolds at United Artists Records, Gayle shifted towards a country pop style that was more sucessful. In 1975, "Wrong Road Again" became Gayle's first major hit. However, it was in 1977 when Gayle achieved her biggest success with the single "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue". The song topped the Billboard country chart, crossed over to the top five of the Billboard Hot 100, and became a major international hit.

Gayle continued having major country pop success from the late 1970s and through late 1980s. Her biggest hits included "Ready for the Times to Get Better" (1977), "Talking in Your Sleep" (1978), "Half the Way" (1979) and "You and I" (1982). In the 1990s, Gayle shifted artistic directions by recording various genres of music. This included an album of inspirational music entitled Someday (1995) and an album of standards called Crystal Gayle Sings the Heart and Soul of Hoagy Carmichael (1999). During the decade she also owned and operated a fine arts shop called "Crystal's Fine Gifts and Jewelry". Her most recent studio release appeared in 2019 and Gayle has since continued to tour throughout the world.

Gayle has won one Grammy Award and has been nominated for several others since the 1970s. She has also won five Academy of Country Music awards; those awards include receiving the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award in 2016. In addition, she has won two Country Music Association awards and three American Music Awards. Rolling Stone ranked her among the 100 greatest country artists of all time and CMT ranked her within their list of the 40 greatest women of country music. Gayle has her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and was inducted as a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 2017.

Birth and Death Data: Born January 9, 1951 (Paintsville)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1970 - 1972

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca NA 16039 4/20/1970 Mama it's different this time Crystal Gayle vocalist  
Decca NA 16040 4/20/1970 I've cried (the blues right out of my eyes) Crystal Gayle vocalist  
Decca NA 16041 4/20/1970 Sparklin' look of love Crystal Gayle vocalist  
Decca NA 16545 September 1971 Too far Crystal Gayle vocalist  
Decca NA 16546 September 1971 I hope you're having better luck than me Crystal Gayle vocalist  
Decca NA 16547 September 1971 Everybody oughta cry Crystal Gayle vocalist  
Decca NA 16548 September 1971 M.R.S. degree Crystal Gayle vocalist  
Decca NA 16934 9/28/1972 Show me how Crystal Gayle vocalist  
Decca NA 16935 9/28/1972 Touching me again Crystal Gayle vocalist  
Decca NA 16936 9/28/1972 Clock on the wall Crystal Gayle vocalist  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Gayle, Crystal," accessed January 21, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/317260.

Gayle, Crystal. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 21, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/317260.

"Gayle, Crystal." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 21 January 2022.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/317260

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