Patsy Cline

Crazy

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"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 MCA 2:41
Billboard Top Country Hits: 1962 1962
Various Artists
Rhino
The Patsy Cline Story 1963 MCA 2:42
Showcase 1967 Geffen 2:41
Greatest Hits: Jim Reeves & Patsy Cline 1967 RCA 2:41
Songwriter's Tribute 1969 MCA 0:00
Heartaches [Universal] 1985 Universal Special Products 2:42
No Image 1987
Various Artists
Deluxe
12 Greatest Hits 1988 MCA / Universal 2:44
20 Golden Hits [Deluxe] 1989 Deluxe
No Image 1990 MCA
Doc Hollywood 1991 Varèse Sarabande 2:43
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
2:46
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 / MCA 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
2:43
Sings Songs of Love 1995 Universal Special Products 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 101 Greatest Country Hits, Vol. 1: Forever Country 1997
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 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
Memories of Love 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 2:41
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
Classic Country: 1960-1964 1999
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:44
A Woman's Voice [Polygram] 2000
Various Artists
UTV / Polygram 2:44
Drivetime Triple Set 2000
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 2:42
The Ultimate Collection [UTV] 2000 Hip-O / UTV 2:44
Country Ladies [Columbia River] 2001
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 2:44
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
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
The Heart of a Legend 2003 Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:44
Drivetime [Universal] 2003
Various Artists
Universal Music 2:43
Treasury of Love 2004
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:44
The Definitive Collection 2004 MCA Nashville 2:44
Leaders of the Pack: The Very Best of the 60's Girls [Universal] 2004
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 2:42
Lifetime of Romance [Time Life] 2005
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 0:00
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
The Kings and Queens of Country [Sony] 2005
Various Artists
Sony BMG 2:43
20th Century Masters: Classic Country, Vol. 3 [Universal International] 2006
Various Artists
Universal International 2:44
20th Century Masters: All Time Favourites, Vol. 2 2006
Various Artists
Universal International 2:44
True Drivetime 2006
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 2:42
Love Songs: Trilogy 2006
Various Artists
Music Brokers / PMB 2:42
The Essential Guide to Country [Essential Guide] 2007
Various Artists
Essential Guide 2:43
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Patsy Cline, Vol. 2 2007 UMVD 2:44
Dick Clark's American Bandstand 50th Anniversary 2007
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:45
Dick Clark's American Bandstand, Vol. 1: Best Of The Spotlight Dances 2007
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:45
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
Country's 20 Classic Songs of the Century 2008
Various Artists
New Haven / Provident Music 2:45
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
100 Essential Hits: Woman 2011
Various Artists
Brunswick / Universal / Universal Music 2:41
I'm Going Slightly Mad: Music from the Dark Side of the Mind 2011
Various Artists
Chrome Dreams 2:16
Golden Age of Country: Waltz Across Texas 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
America's Greatest Hits, Vol. 12: 1961 2012
Various Artists
Acrobat Music 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 Hip-O 2:20
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
Romancing the '60s [Time] 2013
Various Artists
StarVista / Time / Life Music 2:45
Girls of the '60s: Dedicated to the One I Love 2013
Various Artists
Dynamic 2:43
Greatest Ever Mum: The Definitive Collection 2014
Various Artists
Greatest Ever / Union Square Music 2:44
The Complete Releases 1955-1962 2017 Acrobat Music 2:43
Just Country 2018
Various Artists
Rhino
Hits & Hymns 2019 Spring House 2:43
100 Essential Hits: 60s
Various Artists
Brunswick / Universal Music 2:41
100 Essential Love Songs
Various Artists
Universal Music 2:41
60's [Universal]
Various Artists
Universal 2:42
Classic Country Jukebox
Various Artists
Universal Music 2:43
Country Hits [USM Media]
Various Artists
USM Media 2:46
Country Legends [Sony 2013]
Various Artists
Sony Music 2:44
Country Music of Your Life
Various Artists
Rhino / StarVista / Time Life 2:52
Crazy: The Collection Music Club Deluxe 2:44
No Image
Various Artists
Sony BMG
Dedicated to Love: 70 Classic Love Songs
Various Artists
Cherished Records
Divine Divas: The Absolutely Essential 3 CD Collection
Various Artists
Big 3 2:45
Easy Listening Classics: Time Life's Movie Classics
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:45
Forever Country [Somerset]
Various Artists
Somerset Entertainment 2:44
No Image
Various Artists
Time / Life Music / WEA
Heartbreak Hits
Various Artists
Universal 2:46
No Image
Various Artists
Universal 2:41
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
Romancing the '60s: Sealed with a Kiss
Various Artists
StarVista 2:45
The Greatest Country Hits of 1962
Various Artists
Acrobat Music 2:43
Time Life: '60s Country
Various Artists
Time Life 2:44
Total 60s
Various Artists
Universal 2:43
Total Woman
Various Artists
Universal 2:42