Crazy Man Crazy

Album: Rock with Bill Haley and the Comets (1953)
Charted: 12

Songfacts®:

  • Running to a mere 2 minutes, 7 seconds, recorded on Essex Records and backed by "Watcha Gonna Do," this was Haley's first release of 1953; it was also the song that broke through for him and the Comets, and was the first rock 'n' roll song to be televised nationally, reaching #12 in the US. Apparently, Haley got the title from the appreciative cheers of his youthful audience; he is said to have written it sitting at the kitchen table while his wife prepared lunch.

    According to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, it was "an original amalgam of country and R&B that arguably became the first rock and roll record to register on Billboard's pop chart."
  • Although Haley's monster hit "Rock Around The Clock" was written by Max Freedman and Jim Myers, it is a natural progression from "Crazy Man Crazy"; the new genre had clearly arrived.
  • The sheet music held by the British Library credits Haley as the sole author [though it was later revealed that bass player Marshall Lytle co-wrote it]. Originally published by Eastwick Music of Philadelphia and copyright 1953, it retailed for 40c. It was also published in the UK the same year, where it was recorded by Lita Roza (of "(How Much Is) That Doggie In The Window?" fame) with Ted Heath on Decca; this was a full orchestral arrangement, original score by Reg Owen, "Commercially Adapted by Gordon Rees," it retailed for one shilling from Leeds Music of London. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England, for above 3

Comments: 1

  • Bob from Los Angeles, MsIts about 2:40 in currently available versions.
see more comments

Editor's Picks

Band Names

Band NamesFact or Fiction

Was "Pearl" Eddie Vedder's grandmother, and did she really make a hallucinogenic jam? Did Journey have a contest to name the group? And what does KISS stand for anyway?

Martyn Ware of Heaven 17

Martyn Ware of Heaven 17Songwriter Interviews

Martyn talks about producing Tina Turner, some Heaven 17 hits, and his work with the British Electric Foundation.

Motley Crue

Motley CrueFact or Fiction

Was Dr. Feelgood a dentist? Did the "Crüecifixion" really happen?

How The Beatles Crafted Killer Choruses

How The Beatles Crafted Killer ChorusesSong Writing

The author of Help! 100 Songwriting, Recording And Career Tips Used By The Beatles, explains how the group crafted their choruses so effectively.

90s Music Quiz 1

90s Music Quiz 1Music Quiz

First question: Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson appeared in videos for what artist?

Who Wrote That Song?

Who Wrote That Song?Music Quiz

Do you know who wrote Patti Smith's biggest hit? How about the Grease theme song? See if you can match the song to the writer.