Sunday, December 30, 2012

"The Blue Side" by Crystal Gayle

Song#:  0200
Date:  06/07/1980
Debut:  83
Peak:  81
Weeks:  8
Genre:  Country Crossover

Pop Bits:  Gayle was ruling the country chart with her crossover sound during the 80s, but very few turned into pop hits. This song was a #8 country hit but lingered at the bottom of the pop chart for eight weeks. What is odd about this is that the song was only able to move up two positions from its debut spot in those weeks.

ReduxReview:  The song is reminiscent of her 1977 hit "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue," just not as strong. However, it is a solid tune, a pleasant listen, and another nice vocal performance from Gayle. She has one of those unique voices that has a specific sound that is warm and inviting. It is a soothing if not powerful voice that can be quickly identified. For me, her material is hit or miss but the voice is always something great to hear.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  Gayle's next single, "If You Ever Change Your Mind," hit #1 on the country chart (but did not make the pop chart). It also garnered her a 1981 Grammy nomination for Best Female Country Vocal Performance. Oddly, her competition in the category was Sissy Spacek who was nominated for her rendition of "Coal Miner's Daughter," the title song to the film where Spacek portrayed Gayle's sister Loretta Lynn. Both were bested for the award by Emmylou Harris.


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