Crystal Gayle Bio, Age, Height, Husband, Net Worth, Musical styles, and Legacy

Crystal Gayle Biography

A native of Paintsville, Kentucky, United States, Crystal Gayle is a famous American country music singer widely known for her 1977 hit “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue”. Originally, Gayle’s administration and record label were the same as that of her oldest sister, Loretta Lynn. 

Crystal Gayle Age

Gayle is  71 years old as of 2022. She was born on 9 January 1951 in Paintsville, Kentucky, United States. She celebrates her birthday on 9 January every year. 

Crystal Gayle Height

Gayle stands at a height of 5 feet and 1 inch (157 cm ) tall and weighs 65 kg( 143 pounds).

Crystal Gayle Education

Any information regarding Gayle’s educational background is currently unavailable. We don’t know which high school or college she attended. We will update this section once the information is available.

Crystal Gayle Family

Gayle was born and raised in Paintsville, Kentucky, the United States by her caring and affectionate parents. She was the last of eight kids born to Clara Marie “Clary” and Melvin Theodore “Ted” Webb. Her siblings are; Loretta Lynn, Peggy Sue, Herman Webb, Jay Lee Webb, Betty Ruth Webb, Donald Webb, and Melvin Webb Jr.

Crystal Gayle Image
Crystal Gayle Image

Crystal Gayle Husband

Gayle has been married to her husband, Bill Gatzimos, since 1971. They have two children; their daughter, Catherine, was born in 1983, and a son, Christos, followed in 1986.

Crystal Gayle Net Worth

Gayle has an estimated net worth of $10 Million.

Crystal Gayle Musical styles

Gayle’s musical style is rooted in country but is also in pop and folk music. Unlike her siblings, Gayle’s formative years were spent in an urban environment. In this diverse atmosphere, Gayle was exposed to diverse styles of music. In 2003, she commented, “I’ve always enjoyed folk, gospel, country, rock, pop, everything…” As a child, she especially liked music by Lesley Gore, Brenda Lee, and Patsy Cline. In her teen years, she developed a fondness for folk groups, most predominantly Peter, Paul, and Mary.

Yet, Gayle also was attracted to the traditional country sound of her oldest sister Loretta Lynn. However, it was Lynn that encouraged Gayle to develop a unique style. In an interview with the Chicago Tribune Gayle remarked: “But she (Lynn) said, `No, you gotta go the middle of the road and have a different sound.’ And I’d never have made it if I had been a straight-ahead country…”This perspective encouraged her to record different styles.

In 2007, she commented that she likes to be called a singer: “I call myself a singer of songs. I love to sing, whether it’s country, folk, pop, or rock. I grew up singing all different styles, though definitely country is my roots.”Gayle also said that her priority was to find quality material, “I’ve had great producers. Allen Reynolds is one of them, and he is just fantastic. I would always find great songs that other people wrote, and I wanted to put out really really good songs.”

Crystal Gayle Legacy

Gayle has been credited as one of the most prosperous and influential country-pop crossover artists. Her music and career helped open doors for future female country pop artists, including Faith Hill, Shania Twain, and Carrie Underwood. Writer Kevin John Coyne described her successes and contributions: “… she had accumulated an astonishing eighteen No.1 hit, two more than her older sister had under her belt, and fourth among all women in country music history, behind Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire and Tammy Wynette.

In recent years, Gayle has been given several distinctions and honors for her achievements. In 2003, she was included by Country Music Television on their list of the “40 Greatest Women of Country Music”. In 2008, she was inducted into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

In 2009, she acquired a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She was joined by artist Tanya Tucker and her family for the ceremony. In 2016, she was presented with the “Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award” from the Academy of Country Music. Gayle commented in 2016, “It’s nice to think maybe your music has influenced other artists who are out there.”

In November 2016 almost 50 years after making her debut as a guest artist, she was asked to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry by Carrie Underwood. The two accomplished”Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue” before Underwood announced the invitation.

She was officially inaugurated by Loretta Lynn in January 2017. In 2017, she was included in Taste of Country‘s list of “Country Music’s Most Powerful Women”. In 2019, she was among a dozen performers chosen to open the Country Music Association Awards as part of identifying the women of country music. In the show’s opening, Gayle performed “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue”.

Crystal Gayle Instagram