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Crystal Gayle

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Perhaps one of the most popular and more popular female country performers of her period, Crystal Gayle supported her brand, nearly floor-length locks using a supple tone of voice, a flair for ballads, along with a crossover-friendly country-pop design that netted her the casual mainstream strike. Gayle was created Brenda Gail Webb in Paintsville, KY, in 1951; her old sister was future superstar Loretta Lynn, though Lynn acquired already left house by enough time Brenda was created. The family transferred to Wabash, IN, when Brenda was four, and she began performing along with nation and pop music on the air at a age. Inspired partly by Lynn’s achievement, Brenda learned electric guitar and started executing folk music in senior high school, also performing support vocals in her brother’s music group. Lynn inspired her youthful sister and began bringing her from tour for a couple weeks each summer months. Lynn’s label, Decca, agreed upon the young vocalist when she was finished with senior high school, but recommended a name transformation in order to prevent dilemma with labelmate Brenda Lee. Lynn recommended the name Crystal, motivated with the Krystal hamburger string, and Brenda followed her middle name to create Crystal Gayle. Gayle’s debut solitary was 1970’s “I’ve Cried (The Blues Best From My Eye)”; completed in a method nearly the same as Lynn’s, it reached the united states Top 40. Definately not encouraging Gayle to build up her own design, Decca pushed to get more “small Loretta” information, and Lynn in fact wrote a few of her early singles. Sadly, this approach didn’t set up Gayle in her personal right, despite having regular looks on Jim Ed Brown’s tv program THE UNITED STATES Place. Frustrated, she parted methods with Decca and authorized with United Performers in 1974, where she was teamed with maker Allen Reynolds. Reynolds provided Gayle the innovative freedom she needed, and she started to test out her design and phrasing on the way to her personal distinctive strategy. Her first-ever recording, titled basically Crystal Gayle, premiered in 1974, and the next year she arrived her first TOP country strike, “Wrong Road Once again.” In 1976, “I’ll OVERCOME You” became the to begin her 17 number 1 nation singles. Reynolds, feeling that Gayle was poised for a more substantial breakthrough, inspired her to record the jazz-flavored pop ballad “Don’t It Make My Dark brown Eye Blue,” which he sensed sure acquired crossover potential. He was correct — not merely did the melody hit number 1 on the united states graphs in 1977, in addition, it climbed to number 2 over the pop aspect, garnered substantial worldwide airplay, and gained Gayle a Grammy for Greatest Female Nation Vocal. Plus, the associated album, WE SHOULD Have confidence in Magic, became the very first by a feminine country musician ever to look platinum. Today a real star, Gayle implemented her breakthrough achievement using a string of strikes that lasted for about the next 10 years. Prior to the ’70s shut, she scored many more number 1 country strikes: “You Hardly ever Miss a genuine POSITIVE THING (Right up until He Says Goodbye)” (1977), “Prepared for the days to PROGRESS” (1978), “Speaking in Your Rest” (1978; also a pop Best 20 strike), and “Why PERHAPS YOU HAVE Left the main one You Still left Me For” (1979); plus, 1979’s “Fifty percent just how,” her initial single for brand-new label Columbia, was lots two country strike and in addition reached the pop Best 20. She continued scoring because the ’80s dawned; 1980 brought two chart-toppers in “SHOULD ANYONE EVER Change YOUR BRAIN” and “It’s Like We Under no circumstances Said Goodbye,” 1981 another in “WAY TOO MANY Fans,” and 1982 her initial number 1 duet, “You and I,” that was documented with Eddie Rabbitt and became her second TOP pop strike (in addition, it inaugurated her tenure with Elektra/Warner). Gayle strike number one 3 x in 1983 (“Baby, HOW ABOUT You,” Rodney Crowell’s “Right up until I Gain Control Once again,” “Our Like Is for the Faultline”) and double even more in 1984 (“The Sound of Goodbye,” “Turning Away”), and begun to cross over towards the adult modern graphs with regularity aswell. Gayle’s last nation number ones emerged in 1986 with “Cry” as well as the soft Gary Morris duet “Makin’ Up for Shed Time,” and she — rather abruptly — basically disappeared through the charts. She do continue steadily to record, reuniting with Allen Reynolds for the 1990 Capitol established Ain’t Gonna Get worried and cutting area of expertise projects for smaller sized brands thereafter. She documented two gospel albums through the ’90s, Someday and HE’S Gorgeous, and in 1999 finished a tribute task, Crystal Gayle Sings the center & Spirit of Hoagy Carmichael. For the time being, she went a store in Nashville specialized in superb and (normally) crystal. Gayle opened up the brand new millennium with 2000’s IN MY OWN Hands, an recording of children’s tunes.

Quick Facts


Full Name Crystal Gayle
Height 1.57 m
Profession Actor, Singer, Music Producer, Songwriter
Education Wabash High School
Nationality American
Spouse Bill Gatzimos
Children Catherine Clare Gatzimos, Christos James Gatzimos
Parents Melvin "Ted" Webb, Clara Marie Ramey Webb
Siblings Loretta Lynn, Peggy Sue, Jay Lee Webb, Herman Webb, Melvin Webb Jr., Betty Ruth Webb, Donald Webb
Awards Country Music Association Award for Female Vocalist of the Year, Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance, Academy of Country Music Award for Female Vocalist of the Year, Academy of Country Music Award for New Female Vocalist of the Year, American Music Award for Favorite Country Female Artist, American Music Award for Favorite Country Female Video Artist
Music Groups Peggy Sue
Music Songs Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue, Talkin' in Your Sleep, When I Dream, Why Have You Left The One You Left Me For, I'll Get Over You, If You Ever Change Your Mind, Half the Way, You Never Gave Up on Me, Ready For The Times To Get Better, A Long and Lasting Love, Wrong Road Again, The Sound of Goodbye, I'll Do It All Over Again, Somebody Loves You, You Never Miss a Real Good Thing, I Don't Wanna Lose Your Love, It's Like We Never Said Goodbye, Baby What About You, 'Til I Gain Control Again, Too Many Lovers, Makin' Up For Lost Time, Nobody Wants to Be Alone, Turning Away, Our Love Is on the Faultline, The Blue Side, Me Against the Night, The Woman in Me, Cry Me a River, Your Old Cold Shoulder, Your Kisses Will, Livin' in These Troubled Times, Only Love Can Save Me Now
Albums One from the Heart, We Must Believe in Magic, Miss the Mississippi, Hollywood, Tennessee, A Crystal Christmas, Live! An Evening with Crystal Gayle, Cage the Songbird, We Should Be Together, When I Dream, True Love, Crystal Gayle, Nobody's Angel, Crystal Gayle in Concert, Three Good Reasons, Nobody Wants to Be Alone, These Days, What If We Fall in Love?, Someday, Joy & Inspiration, Crystal Gayle's Greatest Hits, Best Always, Classic Crystal, The Best of Crystal Gayle, Straight to the Heart, Favorites, Somebody Loves You, Ain't Gonna Worry, Crystal Gayle Sings the Heart and Soul of Hoagy Carmichael, All My Tomorrows, In My Arms, Crystal, Talking In Your Sleep, Certified Hits, I've Cried the Blue Right Out of My Eyes, Best of Crystal Gayle, A Woman's Heart, All-Time Greatest Hits, 20 Love Songs, EMI Country Masters, Crystal Gayle: The Hits, Brown Eyes Blue: The Very Best Of, The Singles, Skylark (Live), Country Greats - Crystal Gayle
Nominations Country Music Association Award for Entertainer of the Year, Academy of Country Music Award for Entertainer of the Year, Country Music Association Award for Vocal Duo of the Year, Grammy Award for Record of the Year, Academy of Country Music Award for Song of the Year, Academy of Country Music Award for Single Record of the Year, Academy of Country Music Award for Vocal Duo of the Year, American Music Award for Favorite Country Album, American Music Award for Favorite Country Single
Movies The Country Mouse and the City Mouse: A Christmas Tale, Crystal Gayle: Live in Tennessee, Crystal Gayle: In Concert, Legends of Country: Classic Hits of the '50s, '60s & '70s, Ralph Emery: Country Legend's Series: Vol. 1, Inside the Music: Classic Country, We Praise: Traditional


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#Fact
1 She and her elder sister Loretta Lynn were the only siblings to each make guest appearances in The Muppet Show (1976).
2 Younger sister of Loretta Lynn.
3 Received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 1515 Vine Street in Hollywood, California on October 2, 2009.
4 Inducted into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame on February 2008.
5 Was awarded the Cherokee Medal of Honor in Tahlequah, by the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.
6 Was inducted into the Native American Hall of Fame in 2001. She is of Tsalagi (Cherokee) ancestry.
7 Contributed vocal solos and duets with singer/songwriter/actor Tom Waits for the 1982 Francis Ford Coppola film One from the Heart (1981).
8 When her 1980 song "If You Ever Change Your Mind" was Grammy-nominated in the Best Country Vocal Performance category, the singer found herself competing (same category) with Sissy Spacek who was nominated for title song from Coal Miner's Daughter (1980), the acclaimed biopic in which Spacek portrayed Gayle's real-life sister Loretta Lynn
9 Related to singer Patty Loveless. Aunt of Patsy Lynn and Peggy Lynn.
10 Voted one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world in 1983.
11 ACM award winner for Top Female Vocalist in 1976, 1978 and 1979.
12 CMA award winner for Top Female Vocalist in 1977 and 1978.
13 Has two children: Catherine Clare and Christos James.
14 Owns a store in Brentwood, Tennessee called "Crystal's", which specializes in beautiful gifts.
15 First country artist to tour China in 1979. First female country artist to hold her own television special.
16 First female country artist to have an album reach Platinum Status: "We Must Believe In Magic" (1977).
17 Country singer


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Hateful Eight 2015 performer: "Ready for the Times to Get Better"
The Marty Stuart Show 2014 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Passion & Poetry: Sam's Trucker Movie 2013 Documentary performer: "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue"
Country's Greatest Stars Live: Vol. 1 2010 Video performer: "I'll Get Over You"
Slither 2006 performer: "I Don't Want To Lose Your Love"
Daltry Calhoun 2005 performer: "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue"
Gordy 1995 performer: "I Made a Promise"
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1992 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Texasville 1990 performer: "Till I Gain Control"
Six Pack 1982 performer: "Hello I Love You"
Pour la peau d'un flic 1981 performer: "Don't Make my Brown Eyes Blue"
One from the Heart 1981 performer: "Once Upon A Town", "The Wages Of Love", "Is There Any Way Out Of This Dream?", "Picking Up After You", "Old Boyfriends", "Take Me Home", "One From The Heart"
Fort Apache the Bronx 1981 performer: "The Blue Side"
Nightwing 1979 performer: "Don't It Make Your Brown Eyes Blue"
Top of the Pops 1977-1978 TV Series performer - 4 episodes
Convoy 1978 performer: "Don't It Make Your Brown Eyes Blue"
Another World 1964 TV Series performer: "Another World"

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Masquerade 1983-1984 TV Series singer - 12 episodes
It Takes Two 1982 TV Series singer - 1 episode
One from the Heart 1981 vocalist

Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Country Mouse & the City Mouse: A Christmas Tale 1993 TV Movie Emily (voice)
SCTV Network 1983 TV Series Esther Blodgett

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Wednesday at 8 1988 TV Series Herself
Another World 1987 TV Series Herself
Bob Hope's Bagful of Christmas Cheer 1986 TV Special Herself
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 1986 TV Special Herself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1979-1986 TV Series Herself / Herself - Guest
The 12th Annual American Music Awards 1985 TV Special Herself
American Bandstand's 33 1/3 Celebration 1985 TV Special Herself
The 37th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1985 TV Special Herself - Performer
50th Presidential Inaugural Gala 1985 TV Movie Herself
Solid Gold 1982-1985 TV Series Herself / Herself - Co-Host
Bob Hope's Happy Birthday Homecoming (London Royal Gala) 1985 TV Movie Herself - Performer
The Stars Salute the U.S. Olympic Team 1984 TV Movie Herself - Performer
The 10th Annual American Music Awards 1983 TV Special Herself
Country Comes Home 1982 TV Special
Roy Acuff... 50 Years the King of Country Music 1982 TV Special Herself
The 8th Annual American Music Awards 1981 TV Special Herself - Host
The John Davidson Show 1981 TV Series Herself
The Crystal Gayle Special 1979 TV Movie Herself
The Mike Douglas Show 1979 TV Series Herself - Vocalist
13th Annual Country Music Association Awards 1979 TV Special Herself
The Muppet Show 1979 TV Series Herself - Special Guest Star
Bob Hope on the Road to China 1979 TV Movie Herself
The Val Doonican Music Show 1977-1979 TV Series Herself
The 6th Annual American Music Awards 1979 TV Special Herself - Host
Live Wednesday 1978 TV Series Herself
NBC Salutes the 25th Anniversary of the Wonderful World of Disney 1978 TV Movie documentary Herself
New American Bandstand 1965 1978 TV Series Herself
The 20th Annual Grammy Awards 1978 TV Special Herself
The 5th Annual American Music Awards 1978 TV Special Herself
50 Years of Country Music 1978 TV Movie Herself
Disco 1977 TV Series Herself
Dean Martin's Christmas in California 1977 TV Movie Herself
Dinah! 1976 TV Series Herself
The 50th Annual CMA Awards 2016 TV Movie Herself
Mama Mae: The Life and Music of Mae Boren Axton 2015 Documentary Herself
The Marty Stuart Show 2014 TV Series Herself - Singer
My Music: The 70s 2007 TV Movie Herself
My Music: Country Pop Legends 2006 TV Movie Herself
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition 2006 TV Series Herself
Biography 1995-2006 TV Series documentary Herself
The Trail of Tears: Cherokee Legacy 2006 Video Herself (voice)
CMT: 100 Greatest Duets Concert 2005 TV Special Herself
Crystal Gayle in Concert 2005 Video Herself
Ireland AM 2005 TV Series Herself
The Paul O'Grady Show 2005 TV Series Herself
The Late Late Show 2005 TV Series Herself
The Daily Buzz 2005 TV Series
SoapTalk 2003 TV Series Herself
We Shall Behold Him: A Tribute to Dottie Rambo 2003 Video Herself - Performer
CMT: 40 Greatest Women of Country Music 2002 TV Movie documentary Herself
Christmas with the Stars 2001 TV Movie Herself
The Life and Times of the Women of Country 1999 TV Movie Herself
British Country Music Awards 1997 TV Special Herself
Afternoon Live 1997 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Magic of Christmas 1995 TV Movie Herself
Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon 1995 TV Series Herself
The Women of Country 1993 TV Movie Herself
Newton's Apple 1992 TV Series Herself
Hot Country Nights 1992 TV Series Herself
The Statler Brothers Show 1991 TV Series Herself
Night of 100 Stars III 1990 TV Movie Herself
An All Star Salute to Country Music 1990 TV Movie Herself
Hee Haw 1974-1990 TV Series Herself
From the Heart... The First International Very Special Arts Festival 1989 TV Movie Herself
Evening at Pops 1989 TV Series documentary Herself
The Songwriter's Hall of Fame 20th Anniversary... The Magic of Music 1989 TV Movie Herself
The New Hollywood Squares 1989 TV Series Herself - Panelist
Presidential Inaugural Gala 1989 TV Movie Herself
Christmas with the Stars: An International Earthquake Benefit 1989 TV Movie Herself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Country's Greatest Stars Live: Vol. 1 2010 Video Herself
Legends 2007 TV Series documentary Herself
CMT Greatest Moments: Dolly Parton 2006 TV Movie documentary Herself
The Best of the Don Lane Show 1994 TV Movie Herself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1992 TV Series Herself
22nd Annual Country Music Association Awards 1988 TV Special Herself
Muppet Video: Country Music with the Muppets 1985 Video Herself
Top of the Pops 1977-1978 TV Series Herself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2009 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Recording Awarded on October 2, 2009 at 1515 Vine Street


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#Trademark
1 Sparkling blue eyes
2 Floor-length brown hair


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