Patsy Cline

Crazy

Composed by Willie Nelson

Song Review by

"Crazy" started life as a simple Willie Nelson demo, bluesy and simply strummed by the singer/songwriter. But once it was covered by Patsy Cline, the tune was transformed into country's first truly elegant uptown ballad. It isn't just the Nashville production sheen that producer Owen Bradley put to it with the Jordanaires oohing and aahing in the background with Floyd Cramer's patented slip finger piano filling in the cracks. Cline's reading of the lyric is filled with an aching world weariness that transforms the tune into one of the first big crossover hits without even trying hard. The song is one of those indestructible classics, a song so simple in its construction that it could be sung by anyone from Reba McIntire to Elmer Fudd ("cwazy, cwazy fo' feewin' so wonely") and still sound recognizable as real country with a message that crosses both boundaries and demographics.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Patsy Cline Showcase 1961 Labelle 2:45
Billboard Top Country Hits: 1962 1962
Various Artists
Rhino
The Patsy Cline Story 1963 MCA 2:42
Patsy Cline's Greatest Hits 1967 Apo / Universal 2:44
Songwriter's Tribute 1969 MCA
No Image 1985
Various Artists
HBO/Cannon
No Image 1987
Various Artists
Deluxe
Unforgettable: 18 Classic Songs of Love 1988
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:44
20 Golden Hits [Deluxe] 1989 Deluxe
No Image 1990 MCA
The Legendary Patsy Cline [Heartland] 1990 Heartland Productions, Inc.
The Patsy Cline Collection [MCA] 1991 Phantom Import Distribution 2:45
No Image 1992 MCA
Wedding Album: Songs That Say I Love You 1992
Various Artists
Quality Music / Quality 2:42
When a Man Loco Por La 1993
Various Artists
Alex 2:46
True Love Ways [Music Club] 1993
Various Artists
Music Club International Records
No Image 1993
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
Country Goes to the Movies [Sony] 1994
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 2:41
Stardust: Classic Decca Hits & Standards Collection 1994
Various Artists
Decca 2:44
Vintage Collectibles, Vol.  4: 1955-1969 1995
Various Artists
Universal Special Products 2:40
Trucker's Jukebox, Vol. 2 [Universal] 1995
Various Artists
Universal Special Products 2:42
Greatest Country Classics, Vol. 1 1995
Various Artists
Universal Special Products 2:44
The 101 Greatest Country Hits [Box] 1995
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:42
Best Sixties Album in the World Ever 1995
Various Artists
Alex 2:43
Sings Songs of Love 1995 Music Mill 2:44
The Nashville Sound: Owen Bradley 1996
Various Artists
MCA 2:41
The  Very Best of Patsy Cline 1996 MCA Nashville / Universal 2:42
The Best Sixties Album in the World...Ever! [1996] 1996
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:42
The 101 Greatest Country Hits, Vol. 1: Forever Country 1997
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:44
True Love Ways [Crimson] 1997
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 2:44
Back to Back [Universal] 1997 Universal Special Products 2:44
60's Heartbreakers 1997
Various Artists
Coyote Records 2:42
In & Out 1997
Original Soundtrack
Motown 2:42
The Ultimate Country Collection [Crimson] 1998
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 2:44
Country Wedding Music 1998
Various Artists
Universal Special Products 2:41
Country Goes to Movies [Universal Special Products] 1998
Various Artists
Universal Special Products 2:44
Country Women [Crimson] 1998
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 2:44
Rolling Stone Women in Rock 1998
Various Artists
Razor & Tie 2:42
The Best Country Ballads in the World Ever 1998
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:43
Trucker's Favorite Top 10 Radio Requests 1999
Various Artists
Universal Special Products 2:44
Double Barrel Country 1999 Madacy 2:45
With Love [Universal] 1999
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 2:42
Classic Country: Honky-Tonk Favorites 1999
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:44
The Ultimate Grammy Box: From the Recording Academy's Collection 1999
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 2:44
Classic Country: 1960-1964 [1 CD] 1999
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:44
The All Time Greatest Country Songs 1999
Various Artists
MSI Music Distribution / Sony Music Distribution 2:44
Classic Country: 1960-1964 1999
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:44
A Woman's Voice [Polygram] 2000
Various Artists
UTV / Polygram 2:44
The Best of Patsy Cline: Walkin' After Midnight 2000 MCA 2:46
Drivetime Triple Set 2000
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 2:42
Good Old Country 2000 Country Legends 2:15
Crazy 2000 Performance
No Image 2000
Various Artists
Collectables
Country Ladies [Columbia River] 2001
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 2:44
Radio Songs 2001
Various Artists
Global TV 2:43
Essential Collection [Polygram] 2001 Spectrum Music 2:46
That's Country [Golden Stars] 2001
Various Artists
Golden Stars 2:17
The Best of Patsy Cline [Delta 2001] 2001 Delta Distribution 2:44
Country Ballads [EMI] 2002
Various Artists
Phantom Import Distribution
Top Hits of the Sixties: Amazing Hits 2003
Various Artists
Collectables 2:43
Sixties [UK Box Set] 2003
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 2:44
Torch Songs [Time Life] 2003
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:44
Country Complete 2003
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
Absolute: Unforgettable Classics [2003] 2003
Various Artists
Eva
The Heart of a Legend 2003 Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:44
The Definitive Patsy Cline: 1932-1963 2003 Universal/MCA
Treasury of Love 2004
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:44
The Definitive Country Collection [Eastwest] 2004
Various Artists
Eastwest 2:45
Late Night Moods 2004
Various Artists
Universal 2:42
The Definitive Collection 2004 MCA Nashville 2:44
Music of Your Life: Falling In Love 2004
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:44
Lifetime of Romance [Time Life] 2005
Various Artists
Sony BMG 2:42
The Ultimate Country Collection [Universal International] 2005
Various Artists
Universal International 2:43
Gold 2005 MCA Nashville 2:44
22 Carat Country Gold 2005
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 2:42
Devoted to You 2005
Various Artists
Prism Platinum 2:43
Sings Songs of Love/Anytime/Collector's Edition 2005 Madacy/Universal Special Products 2:44
Sweet Dreams Still: The Anthology 2005 MPI Home Video
The Kings and Queens of Country [Sony] 2005
Various Artists
Sony BMG 2:43
No Image 2006 United Recordings
Moments to Remember: The Golden Hits of the 50's and 60's 2006
Various Artists
Shout! / Shout! Factory 2:43
The Ultimate Collection [Madacy] 2006 Madacy 2:44
Greatest Ever! Love: The Definitive Collection [2006] 2006
Various Artists
Union Square Music 2:43
I Love Country 2006
Various Artists
EMI/Virgin TV
True Drivetime 2006
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 2:42
Love Songs: Trilogy 2006
Various Artists
Music Brokers / PMB 2:42
True 60s Love 2006
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 2:41
The Essential Guide to Country [Essential Guide] 2007
Various Artists
Essential Guide 2:43
Dick Clark's American Bandstand 50th Anniversary 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:45
Opry Video Classics: Legends 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
Lifetime of Romance [Time Life Box Set] 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:44
Showcase/Sentimentally Yours 2008 Beat Goes On 2:45
Best of Patsy Cline: Green Series 2008 Universal Distribution 2:44
Country Trilogy Collection 2008
Various Artists
Music Brokers 2:44
A Tribute to Patsy Cline/A Portrait of Patsy Cline 2008 Beat Goes On 2:44
Country's 20 Classic Songs of the Century 2008
Various Artists
New Haven / Provident Music 2:45
Playlist Your Way 2008 MCA Nashville 2:43
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Euro Trend / MCP
Unforgettable [Universal #2] 2008
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 2:42
Sweet Dreams 2009 Forever Music / Musicpro
Pop Memories of the '60s: Hello Dolly 2009
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:45
Icon 2 2010 MCA Nashville 2:42
Sweet Dreams: Her Complete Decca Masters (1960-1963) 2010 Geffen / Hip-O Select / MCA Nashville 2:43
The Golden Age of Country [Time-Life] 2011
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:45
Across the Airwaves 2011 Chrome Dreams / United States of Distribution 2:16
Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Hillbilly Music: 1961 2011
Various Artists
Bear Family Records 2:44
Grand Ole Opry Classic Collection: Classic Hits 2011
Various Artists
Opry 2:27
Heartbreakers 2012
Various Artists
Go Entertain
Greatest Ever! Sad Songs 2012
Various Artists
Union Square Music 2:46
Dreamboats & Petticoats: The Petticoat Collection 2012
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 2:43
Forever Loved 2012 Broken Audio 2:45
Heroes of the Big Country: Patsy Cline 2012 DLG Digital 2:43
Simply Patsy Cline 2012 Simply
America's Greatest Hits, Vol. 12: 1961 2012
Various Artists
Acrobat 2:43
Be My Baby, Vol. 2: More Music from the Girls of the Sixties 2012
Various Artists
Sony Music 2:43
On the Air: Her Greatest TV Performances 2012 Island / Universal 2:20
No. 1 Country Hits Collection 2012
Various Artists
4:Squared 2:45
Music of Your Life 2012
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:44
Classic Love Songs of the '60s: Sealed With a Kiss 2013
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:45
No Image 2013 K-Tel 2:46
50 Perfect Wedding Songs 2013
Various Artists
Carter Lane/OMiP 2:42
Le Meilleur du Country 2013
Various Artists
Last Call 2:49
Romancing the '60s [Time] 2013
Various Artists
StarVista / Time/Life Music 2:45
Latest & Greatest: Woman 2013
Various Artists
Union Square Music 2:42
100 Country Hits & Greatest Country Classics 2013
Various Artists
4:Squared 2:45
Country Love [2015] 2014
Various Artists
My Kind of Music
Greatest Ever Mum: The Definitive Collection 2014
Various Artists
Greatest Ever / Union Square Music 2:44
The Country: The Ultimate Collection 2014
Various Artists
Ultimate Collection
First Ladies of Country [Sony] 2015
Various Artists
Sony Music 2:42
You Make My Heart Sing 2016
Various Artists
Gopher
American Heartland: Legends of Country
Various Artists
Sony Music 2:44
American Music Library: The Hits of 1961
Various Artists
Fantastic Voyage
Ballads of Country [Polystar]
Various Artists
Polystar
Classic Country Jukebox
Various Artists
Universal Music 2:43
Classic Country [Rhino]
Various Artists
Rhino 2:46
No Image
Various Artists
Big 3 / Proper
No Image
Various Artists
K-Tel 2:46
Country Greats
Various Artists
My Kind of Music
Country Hits [USM Media]
Various Artists
USM Media 2:46
Country Hits, Vol. 7 [Country Legacy Hits]
Various Artists
Country Legacy Hits 2:41
Country Ladies - Over 200 Vintage Country Music Hits
Various Artists
K-Tel 2:44
Country Legends [Somerset Group]
Various Artists
Somerset Group 2:44
Country Legends [Sony 2013]
Various Artists
Sony Music 2:44
Country Music of Your Life
Various Artists
Rhino / StarVista / Time Life 2:45
Country Sounds of the 60's, Vol. 2
Various Artists
K-Tel 2:44
Country: Luxury Trilogy
Various Artists
Allegro Corporation / Music Brokers 2:43
No Image
Various Artists
Sony BMG
Dedicated to Love: 70 Classic Love Songs
Various Artists
Cherished Records 2:44
Dreamboats & Petticoats: The Best of the Love Songs
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 2:43
Fifty Country Greats
Various Artists
Performance
Forever Country [Somerset]
Various Artists
Somerset Entertainment 2:44
No Image
Various Artists
K-Tel 2:46
No Image
Various Artists
StarVista / Time Life 2:45
No Image
Various Artists
K-Tel 2:46
Golden Oldies Hit Series, Vol. 32
Various Artists
Forever Classic Hits 2:25
No Image
Various Artists
K-Tel 2:54
Hot Hundred: Country
Various Artists
Music Digital 2:43
Hot Hundred: Love Songs
Various Artists
Music Digital 2:43
I Just Love: Love Songs
Various Artists
Music Digital 2:44
Kings & Queens of Country [Delta]
Various Artists
Music Digital
Latest & Greatest Country Hits
Various Artists
USM Media
Legendary Voices
Various Artists
StarVista / Time/Life Music 2:45
Little Box of Halloween
Various Artists
Chrome Dreams / Enlightenment 2:16
Love Songs: The Definitive Songbook
Various Artists
Music Brokers 2:43
My Kind of Music: Country Gold
Various Artists
USM Media
Nice 'n' Easy [One Day]
Various Artists
One Day Music
Oldies Hits A to Z, Vol. 7
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Forever Classic Hits 2:41
No Image
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K-Tel 2:46
No Image
Various Artists
K-Tel 2:54
Romancing the '60s: Sealed with a Kiss
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StarVista 2:45
Songbirds [Universal]
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Universal Music 2:44
Teen Cruise
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Cherished Records 2:44
The  Ultimate Collection 100 Hits: Country
Various Artists
Ultimate Collection / The Ultimate Music Collection
No Image Proper
The Best of Patsy Cline [Pickwick] Pickwick 2:43
The Vintage Collection: Love Songs
Various Artists
Music Digital
Welcome to Nashville
Various Artists
Decca
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