Sing Me a Classic Song Sunday highlights two songs with similar themes (music videos and/or audio version below). Today’s comparison is Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain by Willie Nelson and Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue by Crystal Gayle.
Both songs tell the stories of loving and losing with all of the accompanying heartache—the crying, the lamenting, the regretting, the wishing it weren’t so. But, in the end, the relationship is over and there is no going back for the other person, whether the ending came about because of infidelity, death, or other circumstances that simply pulled them apart forever.
Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain is on Willie Nelson’s 1975 album, Red Headed Stranger. This song jumpstarted Willie’s singing and recording career.* Prior to recording this song, Willie was gaining artistic success as a song writer. In October 1975, this song brought Willie his first Number 1 hit as a singer*.
Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain was originally recorded in 1947, and it has been covered countless times since. It is has achieved iconic country music song status as well as a Rolling Stone Magazine’s ranking of 302 on its list of 500 Greatest Songs of All Time*.
Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue by Crystal Gayle was a Top Country hit in September 1977.** It is on her album, We Must Believe in Magic. The song was Crystal’s first, and biggest, crossover pop hit as it reached Number One both country and pop charts.** This song is considered her signature song as it launched her singing career. She won the Grammy in 1978 for Best Female Country Vocal Performance due to this song.
Anecdotally, the song was supposedly written because the writer had a dog with one blue eye and one brown eye. *wink*
Until next time,
Writing through history one romance upon a time
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