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This was written by Willie Nelson. He was a struggling Country singer at the time and got a big break when Cline recorded this and made it a hit. It has become one of Nelson's most enduring songs.
On an episode of VH1's Storytellers, Willie Nelson revealed that this was originally titled "Stupid." (thanks, Scott - Richmond, VA)
Cline was thrown through a windshield in a car accident 2 months before she recorded this (they didn't have seat belts back then). At the first session, she couldn't hit the high notes because of a broken rib, so the studio musicians recorded their parts without her. Two weeks later, she did her vocals while standing on crutches.
This was Cline's biggest hit. She died in a plane crash 2 years later at age 30.
In the UK, this was not a hit when it was first released, but went to #14 when it was re-released there in 1990.
This song was later remade (yet again) in 2002 by the band Kidneythieves for their CD Zerospace. (thanks, Jen G. - Fort Worth, TX)
In 2003, Diana Krall covered this for the tribute album Remembering Patsy Cline.
According to the Amusement And Music Operators Association, this is the most-played song on jukeboxes in the United States. Bob Seger's "Old Time Rock And Roll" is second and Elvis Presley's "Hound Dog
" is third.
According to Mojo magazine, Willie Nelson originally tried to sell this along with several other of his songs to Country music singer Larry Butler for $10 a piece. Butler refused to take advantage, fortunately for Patsy Cline who despite initially disliking "Crazy" made it into a huge hit. Both Cline's husband Charlie Dick and her producer Owen Bradley loved the song and it was they that persuaded Cline to record it.