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“My mother said I could sing before I could walk. She was very proud of me.” Crystal and grandson Elijah ly, she had miscarriages as well. I remember her telling me of being out hoeing the corn and having a miscarriage—and then going right back out and hoeing the corn. They were very strong back then.” Crystal says that in a family that size the older ones took care of the “next ones down.” When she was 4, the family moved to Wabash, Indiana. She lost her dad five years later, but she feels that she is a blend of her two parents in terms of her personality traits. “My mother was very strong— she made things happen. My dad was shy, just as I have been over the years. When people would come to the house, my mom would make me sing for them. I would start hiding, because I knew she was going to do that. My mother said I could sing before I could walk. She was very proud of me, but she also knew she was trying to pull that shyness out of me.” Her mom succeeded, and soon little Brenda was on her way to a singing career. But when she finally signed with a record company, she had to take on a whole new identity. “I had to change my name because of Brenda Lee. They didn’t want two Brendas on the same label. But I didn’t care what they called me. But Loretta [Lynn] saw the name Crystal. It was on the Krystal Hamburger sign. That’s what inspired her. So I guess I’m named after a hamburger.” Along with a new name, Crystal started growing her hair and never stopped. “My hair grows fast. I attribute that to my Native American Cherokee heritage. My mother kept my hair short as a boy’s. Then I saw someone with hair to the knee when I was in Nashville once. And I thought, well, I’m going to let my hair grow to there. And then I OCTOBER GRAND

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of GRAND Magazine - October 2009

GRAND Magazine - October 2009
Contents
GRAND Central
Crystal Gayle: A Glimmer of Crystal
Guide for New Grandparents
Cyber-Savvy GRAND
Ask GRAND
Together Time
A Halloween Read Aloud
First Person
GRAND Legal
Resources
GRAND Finale
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - Intro
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - GRAND Magazine - October 2009
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - Cover2
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - 3
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - 4
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - 5
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - Contents
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - 7
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - 8
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - 9
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - 10
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - GRAND Central
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - 12
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - 13
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - 14
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - 15
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - 16
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - 17
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - Crystal Gayle: A Glimmer of Crystal
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - 19
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - 20
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - 21
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - Guide for New Grandparents
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - 23
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - 24
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - 25
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - Cyber-Savvy GRAND
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - 27
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - 28
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - Ask GRAND
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - Together Time
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - 31
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - 32
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - A Halloween Read Aloud
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - First Person
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - 35
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - 36
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - 37
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - 38
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - 39
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - GRAND Legal
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - Resources
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - GRAND Finale
GRAND Magazine - October 2009 - Cover4
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