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Happy 66th Birthday, Crystal Gayle!

Happy 66th Birthday, Crystal Gayle!

On this date in 1951, Crystal Gayle was born Brenda Gail Webb in Paintsville, Kentucky, to Clara Marie and Melvin Theodore “Ted” Webb.

Best known for her 1977 country-pop crossover hit song, “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue”, she had 20 number-one country hits during the 1970s and 1980s (18 on Billboard and 2 on Cashbox) and six albums certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. Gayle became the first female artist in country music history to reach platinum sales, with her 1977 album We Must Believe in Magic. Also noted for her nearly floor-length hair, she was voted one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world by People magazine in 1983. She is the younger sister of the country singer-songwriter Loretta Lynn and the singer Peggy Sue and a distant cousin of singer Patty Loveless.

She was the youngest in a poor coal mining family of ten and she was also the only one of the eight children to be born in a hospital.

Happy Birthday, Crystal!

Rita Ballou

January 9th, 2017

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