A. “Crazy” is a ballad composed by Willie Nelson. It has been recorded by several artists, most notably by Patsy Cline, whose version was a No. 2 country hit in 1962.
According to the Ellis Nassour biography Patsy Cline, Nelson, then a struggling songwriter known as Hugh Nelson, was a regular at Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge on Nashville’s Lower Broadway, which he frequented with friends Kris Kristofferson and Roger Miller, both also unknown songwriters at that time. Nelson met Cline’s husband, Charlie Dick, at the bar one evening and pitched the song to him. Dick took the track home and played it for Cline, who absolutely hated it at first because Nelson’s demo “spoke” the lyrics ahead of and behind the beat, about which an annoyed Cline remarked that she “couldn’t sing like that”.
However, Cline’s producer, Owen Bradley, loved the song and arranged it in the ballad form in which it was later recorded.”.
It spent 21 weeks on the chart and eventually became one of her signature tunes. Cline’s version is No. 85 on Rolling Stone’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
Notable versions include those recorded by Linda Ronstadt who reached #6 on Billboard’s Country chart with her version in 1977, Julio Iglesias, Kenny Rogers, The Kills, Dottie West, Kidneythieves, LeAnn Rimes, Shirley Bassey, Guy Lombardo, Chaka Khan, Don McLean, The Waifs. Willie Nelson himself has also recorded several versions of the song over the years including a trio version with Elvis Costello and Diana Krall. Additionally, it was covered by the Kidneythieves and co-released on the Bride of Chucky soundtrack.