Rarely do first takes on a song become the master tracks for an artist, but that’s how chart-topping history began for Crystal Gayle’s “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue.” Now, four decades later, Gayle’s signature hit marks its 40th anniversary since its release on June 24, 1977.
“I did not re-sing it. It just fell into place beginning with Pig Robbins’ opening work on the piano. It was magic in the studio that day,” Gayle said with a smile.
“Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue” opened the world’s eyes to Gayle. The crossover smash earned her a Grammy® Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance and also made her album We Must Believe In Magic the first by a female country artist to go platinum. She was awarded CMA Female Vocalist of the Year in 1977 and 1978, and the Academy of Country Music honored her with the same award in 1976, 1977 and 1979.
“It opened up so many doors that I couldn’t do everything that was offered for me to do. I was offered so many television specials. I hated turning anything down. It was only me, and I couldn’t do it all. To be in California one night, and they would want you the next night in New York — I couldn’t do that constantly. But I did as much as I could,” she told Billboard in 2014.
“Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue,” became an iconic staple and solidified her as one of the top female vocalists during the 1970s and 1980s. Gayle is currently putting the finishing touches on a new album that will include some of her favorite classic country songs of all time.