Friday, February 5, 2010

24. Crystal Light

Perhaps it was her floor-length chestnut hair or her angelic voice, but for a period of time, white people couldn't get enough of country singing sensation Crystal Light.

The curiously named Light was born as Brenda Gail Webb on January 9, 1951.  She changed her name to Crystal to honor a Southern white person dietary staple, Krystal hamburgers.

Light spun Billboard gold from country/pop crossover hits like "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue" and "You and I." which she recorded with fellow curiously-named white person Eddie Rabbit.

From 1977 to 1986, Light ruled the airwaves until fickle white people — arbiters of all things country —eventually found Light's 'act' tiresome and turned to other entertainers like Reba McIntire, LeAnn Rimes, and Martina McBride to fill their white female country artist quotas. 

Crystal Light currently lives in Nashville, white people capital of the music industry.

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