Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue

Album: Classic Crystal (1977)
Charted: 5 2
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Songfacts®:

  • This was the sequel to "I've Cried the Blue Right Out Of My Eyes," a song written by Gayle's older sister Loretta Lynn. It was intended for Brenda Lee, but she couldn't sing it because she had blue eyes. Lynn recorded it herself, and Gayle also did a version. >>
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    Brad Wind - Miami, FL
  • Songwriter Richard Leigh was inspired by his dog, who had brown eyes, while writing this song. It was his second #1 country hit for Crystal Gayle. Leigh also wrote many other country classics and is in the Nashville Songwriters' Hall of Fame. >>
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    Travis - Los Angeles, CA
  • This was a huge crossover hit for Gayle, making her famous outside the world of country music. The song was a hit on the pop charts, but it did really well on the Country charts, where it was #1 for 4 weeks.
  • Gayle made a lot of TV appearances when this became a hit. For many viewers, it was their first look at Gayle, who had hair down to her feet.
  • Crystal Gayle nailed this on the first try. "That was a first take," she recalled to Billboard magazine. "I did not re-sing it. It just fell into place beginning with Pig Robbins' opening work on the piano. It was magic in the studio that day."
  • This won 1977 Grammy Awards for Best Country Vocal plus Best Country Song for writer Richard Leigh.

Comments: 7

  • George from Vancouver, CanadaI absolutely adore her voice; I remember this song from my childhood, then finally seeing her with her ankle-length hair & thinking "Wow!"; I only heard "Doughnuts make your brown eyes blue" last week or so, from a mate in Florida. Cute.
  • Dean from Birmingham, AlWhat Jennifer and Guy said!
  • Jennifur Sun from RamonaGuy that beautiful piano part was by Pig Robbins; it is what made the song for me as well as the reason I stopped to listen to it the first time.
  • Guy from Woodinville, WaLove that piano riff. What a perfect, simple song.
  • Alex from Cambridge, United KingdomI would give it five star rating
  • Alex from Cambridge, United KingdomIt is a great song and i am learning it for a competion
  • Wes from Springfield, VaMy friends and I used to call this one, "Doughnuts Make My Brown Eyes Blue."
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