Patsy Cline’s Iconic Tune ‘Crazy’ Has an Official Music Video

by Jim Casey
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Patsy Cline’s timeless classic, “Crazy,” is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2021 with its first official music video.

Patsy released “Crazy” in October 1961. Penned by a struggling songwriter—who happened to be named Willie Nelson—the song became a crossover hit for Patsy.

Patsy Makes ‘Crazy’ Her Own

In 1961, Patsy was looking for a follow-up single to her No. 1 hit, “I Fall to Pieces.” Patsy initially balked when she heard Willie’s version of “Crazy.”

However, Decca producer Owen Bradley convinced Patsy the song was perfect for her.

In the Nashville studio on August 21, 1961, Patsy made “Crazy” hers. Crazy” reached No. 9 on the pop chart, while climbing to No. 2 on the country chart in 1962.

Of course, Willie also recorded the song on his 1962 debut studio album, …And Then I Wrote, but Patsy Cline’s version became the standard.

‘Crazy’ New Video

The new video for “Crazy” was filmed in Madison, Tenn., at Dee’s Country Cocktail Lounge. Directed by Natalie O’Moore, the clip stars forlorn actress Melany Bennett navigating the dive bar while “Crazy” plays on the jukebox. In addition, the vivid video features country star Mickey Guyton.

“It is wonderful that ‘Crazy’ remains such a beloved song 60 years after mom recorded it, and it’s very exciting that its 60th anniversary is being celebrated with this great new video,” said Patsy’s daughter Julie Fudge via uDiscover Music. “I hope that mom’s fans enjoy it and that it also helps new audiences discover her music.”

Celebrating a Legend

The official video for “Crazy” is part of a yearlong celebration of new releases commemorating Patsy Cline’s impact on country music. Patsy was just 30 years old when she died in a plane crash in 1963.

Over the course of her short career, she recorded iconic songs “Walkin’ After Midnight,” “She’s Got You,” and more. The Country Music Hall of Fame inducted Patsy in 1973.