She was born in Paintsville, Kentucky. Her birth name is Brenda Gail Webb and she was born on January 9, 1951. She is the youngest daughter of Melvin Ted and Clara Marie (Ramey) Woods. Her big sister is country music legend, Loretta Lynn. By the time Crystal was born Loretta Lynn had already married and left home. The family moved to Indiana when she was four. Crystal was largely inspired by her sister’s career and so she learned guitar and soon began performing folk songs in high school. Crystal also sang back up vocals in her brothers band. Loretta Lynn encouraged her younger sister by bringing her out on her tour for a few weeks each summer. Once she graduated high school, she was signed by Decca, which was also her sister’s label. That is when she changed her name as to not be confused with Brenda Lee, who was on the same label. Her sister suggested the name Crystal, inspired by Krystal the hamburger chain. And so she adopted her name to derive Crystal Gayle.
She married Bill Gatzimos, her high school sweetheart, right after graduation. Together they have two children Chris and Catherine. They also have one grandson named Elijah. She currently resides in Nashville where she owned her own specialty store named Crystal’s for Fine Gifts and Jewelry. The store was just closed September 2008.
Crystal Gayle is also known to have the longest hair in the world. Her website states that she goes to incredible lengths to grow because she had boyishly short hair as a child. She now keeps her hairs length to about three inches off the floor.
She has been active in the entertainment since 1970 to present day. Her debut single, I’ve Cried The Blues (Right Out of My Eyes, was released in 1970, the song was written by Loretta Lynn. She has much success in music, she even won major awards and accolades from the Country Music Association Awards. Her best songs include Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue, Why Have You Left The One You Left Me For, Talking In Your Sleep, It’s Like We Never Said Goodbye, You and I (duet with Eddie Rabbitt), What About You, and I Don’t Wanna Lose Your Love. She garnered much success on the country music charts. In 2007, she was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She has won numerous awards and honors from 1975 to 2007. She also won a Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for the song Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue. She was inducted in to the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame in 2008.
She has also been associated throughout her career with Peggy Sue, Loretta Lynn, Eddie Rabbitt, Gary Morris, Willie Nelson, and Fizz. She has been associated with the music labels Decca, United Artists, Columbia, Elektra, Warner Brothers, and Southpaw. She is know as a legendary singer and vocalist, and she can play both the guitar and piano.
Check out this legendary icon’s website at http://www.crystalgayle.com . She is one of my favorite singers of all time!
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)
Academy of Country Music Awards
Top New Female Vocalist (1975)
Top Female Vocalist (1976)
Top Female Vocalist (1977)
Top Female Vocalist (1979)
Country Music Association Awards
Female Vocalist of the Year (1977)
Female Vocalist of the Year (1978)
Best Female Country Vocal Performance – “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue”