1978 Crystal Gayle – Talking In Your Sleep
Crystal Gayle’s older sister was Country music legend Loretta Lynn, which no doubt helped her enter a career in music. Crystal was born in 1951, and by the mid-sixties, she was routinely singing backup vocals for Loretta and others in Nashville.
Decca Records signed Crystal to a recording contract in 1970, and she immediately had a top 30 Country hit. A few more singles followed, but she wasn’t consistently hitting the charts.
Crystal signed with United Artists Records and began working with producer Allen Reynolds in 1974. Allen moved Crystal to a softer, less Country sound that would be more attractive to Easy Listening stations. Allen wrote and produced Wrong Road Again, and the result was Crystal’s first top ten Country single.
She had her first number one Country single in 1976 with I’ll Get Over You. That record also crossed over to the pop chart, but only got up to #71. It even touched the Adult Contemporary (AC) chart, where it peaked at #40.
In 1977, she cut the biggest record of her career, Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue. The single hit the top of the Country chart, reached #2 on the Hot 100, and made it up to #4 on the AC chart. The recording won her a Grammy award for Best Country Vocal Performance, Female.
Her next two singles each topped the Country chart and reached #3 on the AC chart, but only the second got into the Hot 100. Her single of Talking In Your Sleep reached #18 on the Hot 100 in 1978.
Her singles continued to do well on both the Country and AC chart, but she only had one more solo record in the Hot 100 top forty. In 1979, her single Half The Way peaked at #15.
In 1982 Crystal made one last visit to the Hot 100 top forty. Eddie Rabbitt’s eighth album contained a duet with Crystal, You And I. The single easily topped the Country chart, but it also crossed over to the pop side and peaked at #7 on the Hot 100 and also reached #2 on the AC chart.
While a few more of Crystal’s solo singles did well on the AC chart in 1983 and 1984, she never again got any higher than #83 on the Hot 100. By the time she stopped reaching the Country chart (1992), she had racked up 16 number one Country singles and more than two dozen top forty Country singles.
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