1951 - Crystal Gayle or Brenda Gail Webb, born on the 9th of January in Paintsville, Kentucky. Her older sister was future superstar Loretta Lynn, though Lynn had already left home by the time Brenda was born. Lynn encouraged her younger sister and started bringing her out on tour for a few weeks each summer.
1970 - Her debut single was "I've Cried (The Blues Right Out of My Eyes)"; done in a style very similar to Lynn's, it reached the country Top 40.
1974 - She parted ways with Decca and signed with United Artists, where she was teamed with producer Allen Reynolds.
1976 - "I'll Get Over You" became the first of her 17 number one country singles.
1977 - She won a Grammy for Best Female Country Vocal. Plus, the accompanying album, We Must Believe in Magic, became the first by a female country artist ever to go platinum.
1986 - Her last country number ones came in 1986 with "Cry" and the smooth Gary Morris duet "Makin' Up for Lost Time," after which she, rather abruptly, all but disappeared from the charts.
1990 - She did continue to record, reuniting with Allen Reynolds for the Capitol set Ain't Gonna Worry and cutting specialty projects for smaller labels thereafter.
1999 - Completed a tribute project, Crystal Gayle Sings the Heart & Soul of Hoagy Carmichael.
2002 - In the meantime, she ran a shop in Nashville devoted to fine jewelry and (naturally) crystal. She opened the new millennium with In My Arms, an album of children's songs.
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