Patsy Cline - Crazy
Patsy Cline almost lost her life in a car crash in June, 1961. The recovery was difficult but she and her producer Owen Bradley were eager to follow up on her hit, “I Fall To Pieces”. Hugh Nelson, a scuffling songwriter, pitched “Crazy” to her husband in a bar. He took the demo home but Patsy hated it and said she couldn’t sing before and behind the beat like Hugh (later known as Willie). Bradley, however, saw its potential and recast it in the ballad form we all know. The recording session featured pianist Floyd Cramer and Elvis’s backup singers, The Jordanaires. But things did not go well as Patsy struggled for four hours with a song she did not like and with fractured ribs not healed from the accident two months ago. Bradley decided to call it a night and overdub Patsy in the future.
One week later she returned and nailed the vocal in one take.