On This Day (October 16, 1961) 58 years ago Patsy Cline released her version of the Willie Nelson penned song ‘Crazy’ for which she has since been associated. Cline’s version is No. 85 on Rolling Stone’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. The fact that it has been covered by so many others speaks to its universal appeal.
It’s hard to think of a more representative classic country song that illustrates the overall power, emotion and simplicity of these songs. When I was recording this one I must have played it dozens of times after the recorded first take because of the pleasure I felt in listening to the chord progressions, versions of which we’ve heard so many times before. This song is like a musical security blanket.
Dedicated to Ken Burns for his work on the documentary ‘Country Music’ airing on PBS. If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s really amazing. For instance, did you know that Minnie Pearl from the Grand Ol’ Oprey – the woman with the price tag on her hat – was putting us on all that time? She was the opposite of the hillbilly backwoods persona that she displayed onstage!
Bosendorfer piano sound: for this recording I’m playing a Yamaha Clavinova – which has the same keyboard action as a traditional acoustic piano, but there are no strings. Pressing a key activates (in this case) a sound which was sampled from a Bösendorfer Imperial Concert Grand piano. Try listening to it with a good set of headphones! It sounds better than any piano I’ve ever owned!!