When did Patsy Cline originally write the song “Crazy”?
Even though Patsy Cline was mostly a Country & Western Singer she did have some cross over Pop Hits as well. She had a total of 19 hits on the C&W top 100 charts and 13 hits on the POP 100 charts. Patsy first taught herself how to dance at the very early age of just 4. She first started singing with her Mom Hilda in the “Gore Baptist Church Choir”. At the age of 14 she started singing on local radio station WINC in Winchester, VA along with “Joltin’ Jim & His Melody Playboys”. In August 1954 she came in 4th place at the annual National Championship Country Music Contest in Warrenton, VA. Her performance is recorded by “Connie Barriot Gay” the sponsor of the contest and it is played on local radio station WARL. The tape of her performance finds its way into the hands of “Bill McCall” who owns a small independent record label in Pasadena, CA where she signs a 2-year long recording contract in September of 1954. She travels to New York City where she records 4 songs at “Decca’s Pythian Te
“Crazy” Single by Patsy Cline from the album Showcase With the Jordanaires A-side “Crazy” B-side “Who Can I Count On?” Released October 16, 1961 Format 45 rpm Recorded August 21, 1961 Genre Country, traditional pop Length 02:41 Label Decca Writer(s) Willie Nelson Producer Owen Bradley “Crazy” is a ballad composed by Willie Nelson. It has been recorded by several artists, most notably by Patsy Cline, whose version was a #2 country hit in 1962 Patsy Cline version Nelson wrote the song in early 1961; at the time he was a journeyman singer-songwriter who had written several hits for other artists but had not yet had a significant recording of his own. Cline was already a country music superstar who was working to extend a string of hits. Nelson originally wrote the song for country singer Billy Walker, but Walker turned it down and Cline picked it as a follow up to her previous big hit “I Fall to Pieces”. The song was released in late 1961 and immediately became another huge hit for Cli