Did you know that on this day in Country Music History in 1983 Crystal Gayle attained a #1 single in Billboard with the Rodney Crowell song "'Til I Can Gain Control Again"?

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Here are 5 interesting facts about Crystal Gayle.

  • She was born Brenda Gail Webb in Paintsville, Kentucky. She is the youngest of eight children and was the only child born in a hospital.
  • Inspired by her sister Loretta Lynn's success, she learned to play the guitar and sing backup in her brothers' folk band.
  • While still in high school, she began to tour with her sister for a few weeks each summer.
  • She  originally signed with Decca Records, her sister's label. However, since there was already a singer named "Brenda Lee" with Decca Records, she was asked to change her first name. Loretta Lynn suggested the name 'Crystal', after seeing a sign for the Krystal hamburger restaurant chain. Brenda Gail Webb thus became 'Crystal Gayle'.
  • She toured worldwide, including Britain with Kenny Rogers and China with Bob Hope, where she became the first person to tape a performance on the Great Wall of China.

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