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Crystal Gayle is an American country music singer and songwriter. Born in Paintsville, Kentucky, she is the sister of country music singer Loretta Lynn and a cousin of singer Patty Loveless. Gayle began her career in the 1960s singing on local radio stations in Kentucky. She soon caught the attention of Decca Records, who released her debut single, “I’ll Get Over You”, in 1976.

Early Life

Crystal Gayle was born Brenda Gail Webb on January 9, 1951, in Paintsville, Kentucky. She is the eighth child of Clara Marie “Clary” (née Ramey; 1912 – 1981) and Melvin Theodore “Ted” Webb (1914–1959). The couple had eight children, four girls and four boys.  To support his family, Webb worked as a miner. Unfortunately, in 1952 he was permanently disabled due to black lung disease. and after that, he was unable to work. Faced with difficult times, Clara Marie took on odd jobs to support her family.

Personal Life and Career

In 1971, Gayle married Bill Gatzimos; they had two children: a daughter, Catherine, and a son, Christos.  She has three grandchildren.

Gayle’s professional career began in 1970 when she was signed to Decca Records.

Gayle’s first album, Crystal Gayle, was released in 1975. The record contains her first hit single, “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue”. The song peaked at number two on the Billboard Country chart and became a crossover hit, reaching number eight on the Billboard Hot 100. Gayle’s second album, Somebody Loves You, was released in 1976 and yielded her first number-one country hit with the title track. “Somebody Loves You” was followed by another number-one hit, “I’ll Get Over You”.

The album’s success propelled Gayle to superstardom and she became one of the most popular female country singers of the 1970s. By the end of the decade, she had scored a total of 19 top-ten hits on the country chart.

In 1987, Gayle released her most successful album to date, When I Dream. The album’s title track was a duet with country singer Gary Morris and became another crossover hit, reaching number five on the Billboard Hot 100. “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue” was also included on the album and once again became a crossover hit, this time reaching number nine on the Hot 100.

Gayle continued to enjoy success throughout the 1980s and early 1990s with such hits as “Half the Way” and “Talking in Your Sleep.”

Discography

Studio albums

  • Crystal Gayle (1975)
  • Somebody Loves You (1975)
  • Crystal (1976)
  • We Must Believe in Magic (1977)
  • When I Dream (1978)
  • We Should Be Together (1979)
  • Miss the Mississippi (1979)
  • These Days (1980)
  • Hollywood, Tennessee (1981)
  • True Love (1982)
  • Cage the Songbird (1983)
  • Nobody Wants to Be Alone (1985)
  • What If We Fall in Love (with Gary Morris) (1986)
  • Straight to the Heart (1986)
  • A Crystal Christmas (1986)
  • Nobody’s Angel (1988)
  • Ain’t Gonna Worry (1990)
  • Three Good Reasons (1992)
  • Best Always (1993)
  • Someday (1995)
  • Joy & Inspiration (1997)
  • Crystal Gayle Sings the Heart and Soul of Hoagy Carmichael (1999)
  • In My Arms (2000)
  • All My Tomorrows (2003)
  • You Don’t Know Me: Classic Country (2019)

Filmography

  • Dean Martin’s Christmas in California (1977)
  • Bob Hope on the Road to China (1979)
  • The Crystal Gayle Special (1979)
  • Crystal (1980)
  • Second City Television (1983)
  • Bob Hope’s Happy Birthday Homecoming (1985)
  • Another World (1987)
  • The Country Mouse and the City Mouse: A Christmas Tale (1993)

Awards and Honors

Academy of Country Music Awards

  • Top New Female Vocalist (1975)
  • Top Female Vocalist (1976)
  • Top Female Vocalist (1977)
  • Top Female Vocalist (1979)
  • Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award (2016)

American Eagle Awards (NAMM)

  • Lifetime Achievement Award (2017)

American Entertainment Magazine

  • Best Female Entertainer (2007)

American Music Awards

  • Favorite Female Country Artist (1979)
  • Favorite Female Country Artist (1980)
  • Favorite Female Country Artist (1986)
  • Favorite Female Video Artist (1986)

Cherokee Medal Of Honor

  • Awarded In Tahlequah, Oklahoma (2000)

Country Music Association Awards

  • Female Vocalist Of The Year (1977)
  • Female Vocalist Of The Year (1978)

Crystal Gayle Day

  • October 2, 2009 – Hollywood, California

Grammy Awards

  • Best Female Country Vocal Performance (1978) – “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue”

Grand Ole Opry

  • Member of the Grand Ole Opry – Inducted (2017)

Hollywood Walk Of Fame

  • Star # 2390 Awarded (2007) – Unveiled (2009)

Indiana Historical Society

  • Indiana Living Legend Award (2005)

Kentucky Music Hall Of Fame

  • Inducted (2008)

Music City News

  • Most Promising Female Artist Of The Year (1975)

Native American Music Association Hall Of Fame

  • Inducted (2001)

People Magazine

  • The 50 Most Beautiful People In The World (1983)