My favorite discovery so far this rainy day is that Willie Nelson wrote and originally recorded “Crazy” for his 1962 debut album — “Crazy,” the song soon made more famous by Patsy Cline.
Willie Nelson, 1962:
Patsy Cline, 1962:
I am a late learner, so please forgive me, those of you who have known this forever. I was still suffering through junior high school in Santa Fe in 1962, my only knowledge of love maybe a couple of lingering crushes from Acequia Madre Elementary School a year or two earlier. I don’t believe I acquired a transistor radio until later in the 60s.
I AM NOT GETTING SAPPY. It’s just that I like both versions of “Crazy” and was happy to discover the relationship of the recordings. And I don’t often listen to music anymore — too much CNN has has fried something upstairs or I’m still recovering from newsroom cacophonies, or both — so I don’t know how this happened.
But I also note this Willie Nelson quote from Wikipedia, saying that Patsy Clines’ version of “Crazy” carries “a lot of magic.”