Glen Campbell knew that paying respect to country music singers who paved the path ahead was important. He tipped his cap toward Patsy Cline.
Back in 1982, Campbell performed “Crazy,” which was written by Willie Nelson and turned into a hit by Cline.
The song tells of an oft-approached situation in country music songs: relationships gone bad. In the lyrics, a woman hasn’t given up on the love she’s lost. She describes herself as “crazy for loving you,” a person who already has moved on down the road.
Campbell’s guitar work is solid in this clip. He’s able to hit those core notes of the song while also adding a touch of his own style in the mix.
Here’s Campbell singing one of the most emotionally sad love songs in country music history.
Patsy Cline Took ‘I Fall To Pieces’ To No. 1 Spot
Cline initially hit the country music spotlight with her “Walking After Midnight” in 1957. Unfortunately, she was unable to put a follow-up song on the charts right after the initial success.
It took until 1961 and “I Fall To Pieces” to put her back on the map.
In fact, she had only managed to make the charts once more since 1957. It was a bust, putting Patsy Cline in danger of becoming a one-hit-wonder.
That’s when her producer, Owen Bradley, introduced her to a tune by songwriters Hank Cochran and Harland Howard.
Together, they worked on one of Cochran’s song ideas. Howard didn’t think the tune would be successful. His wife saw potential, cut a demo, and took it around but no one cared. Bradley saw gold in the song.
Initially, he envisioned Brenda Lee singing the song. She passed because it was too country. Enter Cline.
Cline, At First, Refused to Record the Song
Bradley knew that Cline needed a hit, but she needed convincing. After agreeing to record it, Cline changed her mind. It took executive intervention to change her mind. Bradley slowed the song down while recording Cline and focused on her voice alone.
The record label was hesitant about releasing the song because of Cline’s past failures. They agreed to release it if there were 5,000 advance orders. The regional distributor covered that number after hearing Patsy Cline sing a live rendition.
Upon release, the song failed to capture attention on radio stations. The publisher hired a promoter to push the song and set up Cline as the next big pop singer. In April 1961, the song debuted on Billboard’s charts. Nineteen weeks later, it hit No. 1.
The song cemented Cline as a national sensation.
H/T: Country Rebel