Isn’t Crystal Gayle Deserving of Being in the Country Music Hall of Fame?
Being the old radio dog that I am, I can recall back in the mid 1970's when a new country music artist came onto the scene. We didn't really, back then, call her by her name much.
We just said "Here's Loretta's little sister with..." and give the title of whatever her new song was.
But is she Country Music Hall of Fame worthy? I mean, the Hall of Fame is the Hall of 'Fame', not the Hall of 'Really Good'.
Let's check the numbers:
Number One Hits? Yep, in fact 20 of them. Let's say that again...20 #1 hits. Check how many members of the Hall of Fame had fewer that twenty #1 hits. It'll take you a while to count them all up.
Gold albums? Sure, six of those. Oh and by the way, Crystal Gayle was the first country female artist to have a platinum album (1 million sold!) with 1977's 'We Must Believe In Magic'. Not bad for Loretta's little sister.
And yes, she's a Grammy winner and has won more awards than you can shake that proverbial stick at.
Plus of course, she expanded country music to a much wider audience and, ironically, perhaps that's why she isn't in the Hall of Fame. Was she 'to popish'?
Crystal Gayle has the statistics, the artistry, the country roots to be in the Hall. She has not disgraced or inhibited country music in any way, rather she embellished it and brought it to a whole new (younger) generation.
And wouldn't it be great if Crystal were inducted into the Hall while her older sister sat in the audience, beaming, proud?