The Sound of Goodbye

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"The Sound of Goodbye"
Single by Crystal Gayle
from the album Cage the Songbird
B-side Take Me Home
Released October 1983
Genre Country
Length 3:12
Label Warner Bros.
Songwriter(s) Hugh Prestwood
Producer(s) Jimmy Bowen
Crystal Gayle singles chronology
"Keepin' Power"
"The Sound of Goodbye"
"I Don't Wanna Lose Your Love"

"The Sound of Goodbye" is a song written by Hugh Prestwood and recorded by American country music artist Crystal Gayle. It was released in October 1983 as the first single from her album Cage the Songbird. "The Sound of Goodbye" was Crystal Gayle's thirteenth number one country single as a solo artist. The single went to number one for one week and spent a total of fourteen weeks on the country chart.[1]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1983–1984) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[2] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[3] 84
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[4] 10
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 9


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 132. 
  2. ^ "Crystal Gayle – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Crystal Gayle.
  3. ^ "Crystal Gayle – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Crystal Gayle.
  4. ^ "Crystal Gayle – Chart history" Billboard Adult Contemporary for Crystal Gayle.
Preceded by
"In My Eyes"
by John Conlee
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

January 28, 1984
Succeeded by
"Show Her"
by Ronnie Milsap