Talking in Your Sleep (Crystal Gayle song)

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"Talking in Your Sleep"
Single by Crystal Gayle
from the album When I Dream
B-side "Painting This Old Town Blue"
Released January 6, 1978
Format Single
Recorded 1977
Genre Country pop, soft rock[1]
Length 3:04
Label United Artists
Writer(s) Roger Cook, Bobby Wood
Producer(s) Allen Reynolds
Crystal Gayle singles chronology
"Ready For the Times to Get Better"
(1978)
"Talking In Your Sleep"
(1978)
"Why Have You Left the One You Left Me For"
(1978)
"Talking in Your Sleep"
Single by Marmalade
B-side "Make It Really Easy"
Released January, 1978
Format Single
Recorded 1977
Genre Pop
Label Target
Producer(s) Roger Greenaway
Marmalade singles chronology
"Mystery Has Gone"
(1977)
"Talking In Your Sleep"
(1978)
"Heavens Above"
(1978)

"Talking in Your Sleep" is a song written by Roger Cook and Bobby Wood, and recorded by American country music artist Crystal Gayle. It was released in January 1978 as the first single from the album When I Dream. The song became a hit on both the country and pop charts in 1978. It peaked at number one on the US Country chart,[2] number eighteen on the US Pop chart and number three at the US Adult Contemporary chart.

In 1977, Gayle achieved international crossover Pop success for the first time with her No. 1 hit "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue". Following the song's success, Gayle was recording more Pop and Adult Contemporary-styled Country tunes. This song is one of the first examples of this. "Talking in Your Sleep" was released in early 1978, and was a hit mid-year. The song proved an instant follow-up for Gayle on the Pop charts, being she hadn't had another Top 40 Pop hit since "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue" the previous year.

"Talking in Your Sleep" was released on Gayle's major-selling album from that year called When I Dream. Following "Talking in Your Sleep"'s success as a crossover smash, Gayle only achieved one more Top 40 Pop hit as a solo artist, which came the next year with the song, "Half the Way".

Other versions[edit]

The first recorded version of the song[3] is by the band Marmalade, produced by Roger Greenaway, also released as single in 1978.

"Talking in Your Sleep" was covered by Kikki Danielsson in 1979 on her debut album Rock'n Yodel [4] and Reba McEntire in 1995 on her album Starting Over.

Cilla Black released a version on her 1980 album Especially for You.

It was also covered by Martine McCutcheon on her album You Me & Us in 1999.

Gordon Lightfoot wrote and recorded a different song, also entitled "Talking in Your Sleep", for his 1971 album Summer Side of Life. The song was also released as a single that year and reached #19 in Canada and #64 in the U.S.

Chart performance (Crystal Gayle version)[edit]

Chart (1978) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 18
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 3
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1
Canadian RPM Top Singles 11
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks 3
U.K. Singles Chart 11

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pop/Rock » Soft Rock » Soft Rock. "Soft Rock | Significant Albums, Artists and Songs". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-03-24. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 131. 
  3. ^ Sandy Newman biography
  4. ^ Information at Svensk mediedatabas

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Preceded by
"You Don't Love Me Anymore"
by Eddie Rabbitt
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single
(Crystal Gayle version)

August 19-August 26, 1978
Succeeded by
"Blue Skies"
by Willie Nelson
Preceded by
"Only One Love in My Life"
by Ronnie Milsap
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

September 2, 1978
Succeeded by
"When I Stop Leavin' (I'll Be Gone)"
by Charley Pride