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Crystal Gayle (born Brenda Gail Webb; January 9, 1951) is an American country music singer best known for her 1977 hit "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue". Initially, Gayle's management and record label were the same as that of her oldest sister, Loretta Lynn. Not finding success with the arrangement after several years, and with Lynn's encouragement, Gayle decided to try a different approach. She signed a new record contract and began recording with Nashville producer Allen Reynolds. Gayle's new sound was sometimes referred to as middle-of-the-road (MOR) or country pop, and was part of a bigger musical trend by many country artists of the 1970s to appeal to a wider audience. Subsequently, Gayle became one of the most successful crossover artists of the 1970s and 80s. Her floor-length hair has become synonymous with her name.Gayle began her career in the 1960s performing as a background singer in Lynn's band. Lynn helped her sign a recording contract with Decca Records in 1970. Having minor success, she was encouraged to develop her own musical identity. Under the direction of producer Reynolds at United Artists Records, Gayle shifted towards a country pop style that was more successful. In 1975, "Wrong Road Again" became Gayle's first major hit. However, it was in 1977 when Gayle achieved her biggest success with "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue." The single topped the Billboard country chart, crossed over to the top five of the Billboard Hot 100 and became a major international hit. Gayle continued having success from the late 1970s and through late 1980s. Her biggest hits included "Ready for the Times to Get Better" (1977), "Talking in Your Sleep" (1978), "Half the Way" (1979) and "You and I" (1982). In the 1990s, Gayle shifted artistic directions by recording various genres of music. This included an album of inspirational music titled Someday (1995) and an album of standards called Crystal Gayle Sings the Heart and Soul of Hoagy Carmichael (1999). During the decade she also owned and operated a fine arts shop called "Crystal's Fine Gifts and Jewelry". Her most recent studio release was in 2019 and Gayle has since continued to tour throughout the world. Gayle has won one Grammy Award and has been nominated for several others since the 1970s. She has also won five Academy of Country Music awards; those awards include receiving the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award in 2016. In addition, she has won two Country Music Association awards and three American Music Awards. Rolling Stone ranked her among the 100 greatest country artists of all time and CMT ranked her within their list of the 40 greatest women of country music. Gayle has her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and was inducted as a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 2017. Early life Gayle was born Brenda Gail Webb in Paintsville, Kentucky. She was the last of eight children born to Clara Marie "Clary" (née Ramey; 1912 – 1981) and Melvin Theodore "Ted" Webb (1906 – 1959). Unlike sister Loretta and her other siblings, Gayle was the only child born at the Paintsville hospital, and not at home. Through her matriline, Gayle is first cousins with singer Patty Loveless. Gayle and her siblings claim Irish and Cherokee descent, although she is not enrolled with any Native tribe. Gayle's father was a coal miner who developed black lung disease. In search of better medical treatment, the family moved to Wabash, Indiana, when Gayle was four years old. They lived in a retired miner's community and Clara Webb worked as a nurse's aide. Ted Webb died in 1959. From early age, Gayle had an interest in singing. She noted that she could sing before she could walk. The family's new home in Wabash was in an urban setting. She was exposed to diverse cultural groups and norms and in turn to various styles of music. She sang along frequently to songs she heard on the radio and was inspired by the music of her sister Loretta Lynn.Gayle's musical interests were shaped further in her teenage years. She started singing in church, performed folk songs, and recorded demonstration tapes. With encouragement from Lynn, she began touring during summers in high school. At age 16, Gayle performed on the Grand Ole Opry in replacement of her sister who had gotten ill. She performed a cover of Marty Robbins's "Ribbon of Darkness". After graduating from high school in 1970, she signed her first recording contract with her sister's label: Decca Records. Upon signing with Decca, the label insisted that Gayle change her first name from "Brenda" to another name. The conflict was due to the fact that Brenda Lee was already signed to Decca at the time. Shortly thereafter, Lynn drove past a sign for the Krystal fast-food restaurant and said to Gayle, "That's your name. Crystals are bright and shiny, like you." It was then that she changed her name professionally to "Crystal Gayle", with "Gayle" taken from her middle name (Gail). Career 1969–1976: Decca Records and musical shifts Gayle was first managed by Oliver Lynn (Loretta Lynn's husband) after signing with Decca Records. Among her first professional gigs was routine appearances on Jim Ed Brown's television show The Country Palace. On the program, Gayle performed original songs written by Loretta Lynn including "Sparklin' Look of Love" and "Mama, It's Different This Time". Her debut single was released in 1970 titled "I've Cried (The Blue Right Out of My Eyes)". Also written by Lynn, the song peaked within the top 40 of the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. The song was followed by other singles that reached minor positions on the country songs chart: "Everybody Oughta Cry" (1972) and "I Hope You're Havin' Better Luck Than Me" (1972). Gayle's career stalled while at the Decca label. This was due to the fact that the label wanted Gayle to record in the same style as her sister. Steve Huey of AllMusic criticized her early singles, calling them "little Loretta records". Writers Mary A. Bufwack and Robert K. Oermann noted that Gayle was "probably stigmatized" for being the sibling of Loretta Lynn. In a 2019 interview with Forbes, Gayle reflected on the experience, "It didn't take me long to realize I was only there because I was Loretta's sister." During this period, Lynn gave Gayle advice that prompted her to expand her musical styles. Lynn said, "quit singing my songs...We have one Loretta Lynn and we don't need another." The conversation led Gayle to ultimately leave Decca in 1974. Gayle signed a new recording contract with United Artists Records in 1974. Under the direction of producer Allen Reynolds, her musical style shifted. Reynolds (who had recent success producing Don Williams) encouraged Gayle to record in a softer, mellower format. He also helped market her music towards a crossover audience. Gayle also released her first United Artists single in 1974, "Restless". Mary Bufwack and Robert Oermann called the song "assertive" and "sexy". The song peaked at number 39 on the Billboard .... Discover the E M Gayle popular books. Find the top 100 most popular E M Gayle books.

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Watch Me


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Hold Me Close


Purgatory Club, Book 6 (stand alone) Sometimes you need to cut and run and sometimes the ties run too deep to abandon. Bonnie’s job at Purgatory keeps her on...

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Wicked Beast


One night with Vincentius Romeo Cabrini cost me everything. Now he wants more.  Me. ZIA When I first met him I was mesmerized. Captured.

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Fallen Angel


I knew the truth from the beginning.  Nova looked like an angel, and was anything but.  Now she knows part of my truth and assumes she can use that as some ...

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Tucker's Fall


He spent a decade trying to forget. The forbidden kiss that cannot be forgotten. Now she’s back and nothing will stop him from capturing the one that got away. He...

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Welcome to the Purgatory Club, from New York Times Bestselling Author E.M. Gayle.  A club for every desire.  Katie has a thing for rope and she’s had her ...

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Gabe's Obsession


From New York Times bestselling author E.M. Gayle comes a steamy new duet dedicated to Gabe and Nina and their explosive relationship. She needs to remember the past and he knows...

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From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author E.M. Gayle comes another exciting story from Purgatory Club! Ruby has an obsession and it isn't always safe. 

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All You Desire: The Purgatory Club Series


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Power Play


New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author E.M. Gayle presents another steamy love story in the Pleasure Playground series.  She wants the escape. He wants control. The...

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Sinner Takes All


The exciting conclusion to the Alex and Harper Sinner Duet… Lies. Betrayal. Danger.   LOVE is definitely a risk. HARPER For one brig...

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“TEASED is a faced paced hot read that does not disappoint. I cannot wait to read the next installment of the Purgatory Club series…”- Gabrielle, You Gotta Read Reviews

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Mason's Rule


Mason Sinclair followed everyone else's rules until family lies tore his life apart. Now he sets the damn rules and expects everyone to follow them. Period. But as the complex charade he cal...

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Taming Beauty


From New York Times bestselling author E.M. Gayle: Eager to understand her secret desires, Gabrielle enters “The Sanctuary.” Inside she’s immediately torn between fear of t...

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Gabe's Reckoning


New York Times and USA Today bestselling author E.M. Gayle concludes the exciting and emotional journey of Gabe and Nina in her Purgatory Masters Duet.  A lie. It's all been...

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Willing Beauty


When someone hurts what is mine… the gloves are off. VINCENT When it came to my father's infamous family of crime, I thought I could remain neutral. It may be...

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Purgatory Masters Vol 1 Books 1-3


Three bestselling romance novels from Top 10 New York Times Bestselling author E.M. Gayle, together in a single collection for the first time.  Three scorching hot and emoti...

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Levi's Ultimatum


Levi's Ultimatum is book 2 in the Purgatory Masters series, Book 1 is Tucker's Fall and is available now.  "This isn't "Fifty Shades" - this is SO much better!!!" ~ 5 stars ...

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Merciless Sinner


I thought one night would be enough, but I was wrong. HARPER An anonymous invitation, a one night stand… What was I thinking? Hell yeah. I need to get a life. That'...

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Play With Me


New York Times bestselling author Eliza Gayle writing as E.M. Gayle presents a decadent and steamy romance series that leads readers from an adult photo studio to a playground at midnight an...

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Bottoms Up


Unleash your inner bad girl with New York Times Bestselling Author Eliza Gayle's steamy Purgatory Club series! "Each stand alone story is sexy, kinky and emotional as hell." Snoo...

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Broken Saint


Nova may have met the man of her dreams, but he’s not the one she’s been sold to. Five years ago, I  made a deal with the devil. My father. A ruler in this city who wiel...

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Reckless Pawn


Freedom is never free..Apparently, I now belong to the Sins of Wrath MC, but my heart still belongs to Houston. He is in my memories and my dreams. The...

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Savage Protector


A Marine Outlaw biker, born to protect, trained to kill. A mafia runaway princess desperate to escape.When their two worlds collide, it’s like hellfire and sal...

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Ruthless Redemption


The road to redemption is NOT paved with good intentions.It's savage, reckless and dirty AF. When we connected on a lonely pier I expected a simple one night sta...

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Welcome to Purgatory! An exclusive club for your darkest desires...Katie has a desire for rope and she's had her eye on riggers Leo and Quinn for quite some time. Week after week...

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Play with Me: Pleasure Playground, Book 1 (Unabridged)


Eve's desperate denial only means one thing: she has a lot to learn. As the receptionist at Altered Ego, the hottest fetish photography studio in the country, Eve Blake has seen ...

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Watch Me


From New York Times Bestselling Author Eliza Gayle writing as E.M. Gayle.Emerson wants the one man she can't have. Her brother's best friend.But nothing she tries get...

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