Crystal Gayle Tickets for Sale

Crystal Gayle is best known for the wonderful 1977 hit, "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue." That song helped her get out from under the shadow of older sister Loretta Lynn, and it defines the slick Country Pop sound that was often a recipe for crossover success in the '70s. Since then, she's veered more and more into straight-up New Country territory. Her most recent material features country ballads and spirituals with snap-tight hoedown backup and her trademark sweeping, almost operatic vocals.

b. Brenda Gail Webb, 9 January 1951, Paintsville, Kentucky, USA. Gayle was the last of eight children born to Ted and Clara Webb. Her sister, the country singer Loretta Lynn, had her own story told in the movie The Coal Miner's Daughter. By the time Gayle was born, her father had lung disease, and he died when she was eight. When Gayle was four, the family moved to Wabash, Indiana, where her mother worked in a nursing home. Clara Webb, who was musical, encouraged Gayle to sing at family gatherings and church socials. Unlike Lynn, her influences came from the Beatles and Peter, Paul And Mary. In the late 60s, after graduation, she signed with her sister's recording label, Decca Records. As the label already had Brenda Lee, a change of name was needed and, when they drove past a sign for Krystal hamburgers, Lynn said, "That's your name. Crystals are bright and shiny, like you." At first, she was managed by Lynn's husband, Mooney, and she was part of her stage show. She established herself with regular appearances on Jim Ed Brown's television show The Country Place. Lynn wrote some of her first records ("Sparklin' Look Of Love", "Mama, It's Different This Time") and therein lay the problem - Crystal Gayle sounded like Loretta Lynn.
It was a lavish production with 50 musicians being credited, including such established Nashville names as Pig Robbins, Lloyd Green, Bob Moore and Kenny Malone. The title track, a torch ballad, brought out the best in Gayle's voice. The British writer Roger Cook, who had settled in Nashville, gave her a soulful ballad touching on the paranoia some lovers feel, "Talking In Your Sleep". Released as a single, it reached number 11 in the UK and number 18 in the USA, as well topping the US country chart. Another popular single was "Why Have You Left The One You Left Me For?", which also topped the country charts. In 1979, Gayle released her final album for United Artists, ironically called We Should Be Together. It included two more country hits with the ballads "Your Kisses Will" and "Your Old Cold Shoulder". In an impressive chart run, Gayle had enjoyed 6 chart-topping country singles during her time with United Artists, with "You Never Miss A Real Good Thing (Till He Says Goodbye)" (1976) and "Ready For The Times To Get Better" (1978) completing the list. She also hosted two prime time television specials, the Crystal Gayle Special and Crystal.

In 1980, she joined Columbia Records and enjoyed a US Top 20 pop hit with "Half The Way". Gayle had three country number 1s for Columbia, "It's Like We Never Said Goodbye", "If You Ever Change Your Mind", and "Too Many Lovers". She recorded an excellent version of Neil Sedaka's "The Other Side Of Me" and surprised many fans by reviving an early country record, Jimmie Rodgers' "Miss The Mississippi And You". In 1982, she moved to Elektra Records and worked on the soundtrack of the Francis Ford Coppola movie, One From The Heart, with Tom Waits. The same year's duet with Eddie Rabbitt ("You And I") topped the country chart and broke into the pop Top 10. Her string of country hits for Elektra/Warner Brothers Records included eight chart-topping singles; "'Til I Gain Control Again" (1982), "Our Love Is On The Faultline", "Baby, What About You", "The Sound Of Goodbye" (all 1983), "Turning Away" (1984), "Makin' Up For Lost Time (The Dallas Lovers' Song)" (1985), a revival of Johnnie Ray's "Cry", and "Straight To The Heart' (both 1986). She also recorded a duet album with Gary Morris, which included the theme song from the television soap opera Another World, in which Gayle made several guest appearances. Despite joining Capitol Records at the turn of the decade, Gayle's commercial profile has declined in recent years. Ain't Gonna Worry reunited her with Reynolds, while Buzz Stone produced 1992"s Three Good Reasons, a heartening return to her country roots. In the latter part of the decade, Gayle recorded two inspirational albums and a collection of Hoagy Carmichael songs, and began the new millennium with her first-ever album for children.
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