Crystal Gayle

Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue

Composed by Richard Leigh

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Crystal Gayle made Richard Leigh's "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue" a huge hit in 1977. She took the melodic country-pop tune to the top of the country charts and all the way to two on the pop charts -- a clear indication that the song was more pop than country. That suspicion is confirmed by the proliferation of covers of the song by easy listening musicians like Lawrence Welk, Floyd Cramer, and James Galway. All of those lite, easy artists were attracted to the sweet, lilting melody, which is certainly the strongest element of the song, apart from the clever pun of the title. Some may argue that the song is a little bit too sweetly melodic, that it could almost be seen as saccharine, but they're spoilsports. "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue" is nothing if it didn't have that luxurious melody, and Gayle not only knew that, she knew how to sell it. She never stressed it too heavily, nor were her vocals cloying -- they were pretty and straightforward, making the song quite alluring. Similarly, the production is soft and lush, a perfect compliment to her appealing, light vocals. If the song hasn't seemed to hold up well as song over the years -- it hasn't been covered all that often in the '80s and '90s -- that may because Gayle's version realized the song almost too well. It was the ideal song for a late-'70s country-pop singer like Crystal Gayle, and it was given exactly the right treatment -- which means that it plays more like state of the art country-pop from 1977 than a timeless pop tune.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
We Must Believe in Magic 1977 Capitol Nashville 2:37
No Image 1978
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution
Classic Crystal 1979 EMI Music Distribution 2:39
Country Music Classics, Vol. 5 (1975-80) 1988
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:37
Singles Album 1989 EMI Music Distribution 2:35
The Greatest Love, Vol. 3 [Telstar] 1989
Various Artists
Telstar 2:32
All-Time Greatest Hits 1990 Curb 4:39
Greatest Hits [Cema] 1991 EMI-Capitol Special Markets / Capitol 2:39
Mellow Gold, Vol. 1 1991
Various Artists
Mystic Records
Great Ladies of Country 1992
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:36
Branson USA, Vol. 2: Silver Dollar Country 1993
Various Artists
Priority
Grammy's Greatest Country, Vol. 1 1994
Various Artists
Atlantic 2:29
No Image 1994
Various Artists
Liberty 2:33
The 101 Greatest Country Hits [Box] 1995
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:27
The Woman in Me 1995
Various Artists
MCI 2:33
The First Ladies of Country [Ranwood] 1996
Various Artists
Ranwood Records 2:37
Rock On 1977 1996
Various Artists
Excelsior Recordings 2:34
No Image 1996
Various Artists
Priority
Legendary Women of Country 1996
Various Artists
MCA 2:42
The 101 Greatest Country Hits, Vol. 7: Country Nights 1997
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:37
1977: 20 Original Chart Hits 1997
Various Artists
A Time To Remember 2:35
No Image 1997
Various Artists
Crimson Productions
Rock On: 1975-1979 1997
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:37
Country Legends [EMI #1] 1997
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
Love Power: 20 Smash Hits Songs of 70's 1998
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 2:30
Selection of Country Love Songs [1998] 1998
Various Artists
Golden Sounds 2:54
Country Women [Crimson] 1998
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 2:29
The Best Country Ballads in the World Ever 1998
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:30
Mega Country [10 CD] 1998
Various Artists
Americana Records, Inc.
Rock On: From 1970 to 1979 1998
Various Artists
Madacy 2:37
Great Rock & Roll, Vol. 2 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 2:36
Radio Days: '70s Easy Listening 1999
Various Artists
EMI-Capitol Special Markets / CEMA Special Markets
Males & Females 1999
Various Artists
Discom Disk / Discom 2:35
Ryman Country Homecoming, Vol. 1 1999
Various Artists
Spring House / Spring Hill Music 2:33
Eyes Have It 1999
Various Artists
GNP/Crescendo 2:36
The All Time Greatest Country Songs 1999
Various Artists
MSI Music Distribution / Sony Music Distribution 2:34
Wow That Was the 70's 1999
Various Artists
Disky Communications 2:35
Eternal Love [Empire] 2000
Various Artists
Empire DisK / Disky 2:32
Best of Crystal Gayle: Talking in Your Sleep 2000 Castle Music Ltd. 2:44
The Official American Bandstand Library of Rock & Roll 2000
Various Artists
Atlantic 2:36
100 Country Greats 2000
Various Artists
Import 2:43
Love Ballads [Love Box] 2000
Various Artists
Love Box 2:34
No Image 2000
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:23
Blue: All Her Greatest Hits 2001 Hallmark Recordings 2:43
Legendary Country 2001
Various Artists
Disky 2:39
Mega Slows [Wagram] 2001
Various Artists
Wagram Records 2:38
One Hit Wonders: Hard Two Get Hits [Box Set] 2001
Various Artists
One Hit 2:33
Certified Hits 2001 Capitol/EMI Records 2:36
No Image 2001
Various Artists
WSM
American Bandstand: CD 3 2001
Various Artists
Disky 2:32
The Collection: 20 Songs from the Heart 2002 Music Club International Records 2:43
The Best of Crystal Gayle [Rhino] 2002 Rhino 2:38
Country Legends [Columbia River] 2002
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:32
Summer Country: 41 Classic Country Hits for a Modern World 2002
Various Artists
Telstar
The Ultimate Classic Country Collection 2002
Various Artists
WEA International 2:40
Sophisticated Ladies [EMI Gold] 2002
Various Artists
EMI 2:34
Singers & Songwriters: 1975-1979 [2002] 2002
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
Classic Country: Queens of Country 2003
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:32
Simply the Best: Country 2003
Various Artists
Disky
Tragedy and Triumph 2004
Various Artists
Disky 2:34
The Definitive Country Collection [Eastwest] 2004
Various Artists
Eastwest 2:35
Most Awesome Line Dance Album, Vol. 7 2004
Various Artists
EMI 2:34
Country Legends [EMI] 2004
Various Artists
EMI
Country Tearjerkers: 60 Original Heartbreakers 2004
Various Artists
Disky 2:32
Straight from the Heart [Box Set] 2004
Various Artists
Universal Special Products 2:36
Sad Songs 2004
Various Artists
Virgin
Oldies But Goodies: 13 of the Best 70's Country 2004
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 2:36
#1 Country Hits [Fuel 2000] 2004
Various Artists
Fuel 2000 2:34
Music of Your Life: It Must Be Love 2004
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:32
Lifetime of Romance [Time Life] 2005
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:32
The Ultimate Country Collection [Universal International] 2005
Various Artists
Universal International 2:31
In Concert [DVD] 2005 White Star
Country Highlights: I Walk the Line 2005
Various Artists
Double Pleasure
Heartbreakers [Crimson] 2005
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 2:44
Go Country 2005
Various Artists
Disky
Classic Country Gold 2005
Various Artists
Hip-O / Universal 2:37
The Best of Crystal Gayle [EMI Gold] 2005 EMI 2:35
Daltry Calhoun [Original Soundtrack] 2005
Original Soundtrack
Lakeshore Records 2:36
Reunited: The Last Dance 2005
Various Artists
Disky 2:34
I Love Music 1975-1979: No More Heroes 2005
Various Artists
Disky 2:31
Complete Seventies 2005
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:34
The Best Smooth Jazz...Ever!, Vol. 2 2005
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:32
EMI: Easy Country 2006
Various Artists
Brentwood Records 2:38
Greatest Hits [Collectables] 2006 Collectables 2:39
The Ultimate Collection: Live [Bonus DVD] 2006 Madacy 3:13
Very Best Love Songs 2006
Various Artists
Mastersong
An Evening with Crystal Gayle 2006 Cleopatra
Live in Concert 2006 ZYX Music
Original Divas Box Set 2006
Various Artists
EMI 2:33
Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue: In Concert 2006 Musicpro
I Love Country 2006
Various Artists
EMI/Virgin TV
Legends of Country: Classic Hits from the '50s, '60s & '70s 2006
Various Artists
Shout! Factory 2:38
Lifetime of Country Romance: Gentle on My Mind 2006
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:32
Crystal Gayle: Live in Tennessee 2007 Immortal
Live in Tennessee 2007 Wienerworld 3:18
K-Tel Presents: Best of My Love 2007
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:56
This Is Country Superstars 2007
Various Artists
Cleopatra / Goldenlane 2:56
Number 1's: Country 2007
Various Artists
Hip-O 2:38
Beginner's Guide to Country 2007
Various Artists
Nascente 2:32
Live in Concert: #1 Country Hits 2007
Various Artists
BCI Music (Brentwood Communication) 2:56
Superstars of Country [Time Life] 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:32
Get Ready, Here Come the '70s 2007
Various Artists
Shout! Factory 2:37
Greatest Hits [Capitol] 2007 EMI Music Distribution / Capitol 2:37
Pure: Love 2007
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:34
We Must Believe in Magic/When I Dream 2007 Collectables / EMI/Collectables 2:37
Ultimate Grammy Collection: Classic Country 2008
Various Artists
Shout! Factory 2:38
Playlist: Love 2008
Various Artists
EMD Int'l 2:33
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Sony BMG 2:31
This Is 1977 2008
Various Artists
Mixed Repertoire / Parlophone 2:32
Best of Country [Madacy 2008] 2008
Various Artists
Madacy 2:55
100 Prozent Bayern 1: Lovesongs für ein Ganzes Lebe 2008
Various Artists
Target Records 2:37
Romancing the 70s: You Needed Me 2008
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:32
Original Hits: Love 2009
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:33
Country: Live in Concert 2009
Various Artists
AAO Music / United Audio Entertainment 2:54
Top 10 Country Hits 2009 Micro Werks 2:37
Original Hits: Easy 2009
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:33
The Only Classic Country Collection You'll Ever Need 2010
Various Artists
Shout! Factory 2:50
Romancing the '70s 2010
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:32
Jackie: Love Songs [2010] 2010
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution / UMTV 2:30
100 Hits Legends: Crystal Gayle 2011 100 Hits 2:44
Country's Got Heart [Box Set] 2011
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:33
3/60: Love 2011
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 2:43
Greatest Ever! Sad Songs 2012
Various Artists
Union Square Music 2:44
Country Cool 2012 American Legends 2:56
10 Great Songs 2012 Capitol 2:39
Music of Your Life 2012
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:32
Greatest Ever! Country Rock [2013] 2013
Various Artists
Greatest Ever / Union Square Music 2:42
Legends of Country 2013
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:32
Massive Hits!: Easy 2013
Various Artists
EMI Gold / EMI Music Distribution 2:34
Icon 2013 Capitol Nashville 2:39
The Country: The Ultimate Collection 2014
Various Artists
Ultimate Collection
No Image 2014
Various Artists
Sony Music 2:35
100 Hits: Super 70s Karaoke 2014
Various Artists
100 Hits
Jackie: Love Songs 2015
Various Artists
Universal Music TV
First Ladies of Country [Sony] 2015
Various Artists
Sony Music 2:30
20 #1's: Classic Country 2015
Various Artists
UME Imports / Umes / Universal 2:36
The Country Album [Universal] 2015
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 2:35
All-Time Favourites, Vol. 2
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
American Heartland: Legends of Country
Various Artists
Sony Music 2:32
Best of Country Songs
Various Artists
Warner Bros.
No Image
Various Artists
Allegro / Allegro Corporation / Rolling Stone
Country Hits [USM Media]
Various Artists
USM Media 2:35
Country Legends
Various Artists
Somerset / Sony Music 2:38
Country Legends [Sony 2013]
Various Artists
Sony Music 2:38
Country Music of Your Life
Various Artists
Rhino / StarVista / Time Life 2:32
De Pre Historie: 1977, Vol. 1
Various Artists
Eva 2:32
No Image EMI 2:35
No Image
Various Artists
Forever Country [Somerset]
Various Artists
Somerset Entertainment 2:39
No Image
Icon 2: Country Icons
Various Artists
Capitol / Universal Music 2:38
No Image
Various Artists
BMG/Metacom
Legends Of Country: Country Sunshine
Various Artists
Life / Time 2:32
Miles & Miles
Various Artists
Reflections 2:38
Original Hits: The Girls
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:30
Shades of Country [L&D Box]
Various Artists
L & D
The Crystal Gayle Singles Album EMI Music Distribution 2:37
No Image
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
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