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Classic Rewind: Crystal Gayle – ‘Ready For The Times To Get Better’

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3 responses to “Classic Rewind: Crystal Gayle – ‘Ready For The Times To Get Better’

  1. Alan Jobe January 20, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    How do you follow up the biggest hit of your career? If you’re Crystal Gayle and Allen Reynolds, you don’t go the usual route. Rather than releasing a song from same album Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue came from, they pulled a song from her previous album Crystal. My guess is that since We Must Believe In Magic was selling like hotcakes, they hoped to sell some more copies of her previous album.

    Reynolds wrote Ready For The Times To Get Better while watering his friends’ plants while they were on vacation. While he was at their house, he started playing around on their piano. According to Reynolds:

    “I stood up and took two or three steps from the piano, and that song was just there in my head. I spun around and sat down at the piano, went exactly to the chord that I was hearing in my head, and it was a dissonant chord. The first part of that song just came really fast. I could barely find paper and get it down fast enough. I couldn’t help myself. It was certainly what I was feeling at the moment, and it just popped out.”

    He was actually reluctant to play the song for Crystal but she loved it. It hit number one on April Fools Day 1978 and remains one of Crystal’s favorite songs to sing at her concerts.

    • Ken January 21, 2017 at 1:20 pm

      If you are going to lift complete sentences and entire paragraphs from a book you should give the author proper credit. It’s only fair.

      Two factors likely drove the selection of this song as a single. A second single release from “We Must Believe In Magic” could have helped that LP to sell significantly more units. But they may have decided that none of the remaining songs had significant hit potential. Another possibility may be at the heart of that decision. Reynolds could have favored choosing a song that he composed because it would result in a huge payday for him from the single & album sales as well as the broadcast royalties. The profit motive has often been the major rationale behind the selection of single releases and/or their “flip” sides. No question that this was a great song and an excellent performance by Crystal. But how it came to be selected as a single is uncertain.

  2. Alan Jobe January 23, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    The book is The Billboard Book of Number One Country Hits by Tom Roland. I highly recommend it to anyone who is a fan of country music of the 1970s and 1980s. The book covers every song that hit number one on the Billboard Country chart from January 1968 through December 1989. I cannot imagine how much work and research went into this because each entry includes information about either the writer, producer, or artist and includes interviews with the people involved with the song. Each song has about four or five paragraphs and it’s fascinating to read. You can find it here:

    https://www.amazon.com/Billboard-Book-Number-Country-Paperback/dp/B010EWFK4E/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1485193132&sr=1-2&keywords=billboard+book+number+one+country

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