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.