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Today in Country Music, August 27, featuring Crystal Gayle

Posted By: Barry Kent · 8/27/2012 5:37:00 AM

Today in country music, August 27

 On this day in 2011, Taylor Swift and Reese Witherspoon - both of whom dated Actor Jake Gyllenhaal - were spotted out together for lunch in West Hollywood, California.

Today in 2007, Rodney Atkins scored his third number one single in a row with "These Are My People."

Keith Urban achieved platinum status with his album golden road in 2003.

And on this day in 1977, Crystal Gayle began a four-week stay at #1 in Billboard with "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue."

"Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue" was written by Richard Leigh and first appeared on Gayle's 1977 album, We Must Believe in Magic.

The song became a worldwide hit single. In the United States, it topped the Billboard country music chart and became Gayle's first, (and biggest), crossover pop hit, reaching #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 3 weeks, behind Debby Boone's smash hit, You Light Up My Life. The album received Platinum status, the first by a female country singer. The song became Gayle's signature piece throughout her career. In 1978, the song won Gayle a Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance. In 1999, the song was recognized by ASCAP as one of the ten most-performed songs of the 20th century. The song has a jazzy feel to it when compared to many other country songs of that era. Gayle had many more hit singles for the next ten years, such as "Talking in Your Sleep", "Half the Way" "You and I" (a duet with Eddie Rabbitt) and "I'll Get Over You", but none have achieved the same level of success as "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue".

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