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The legend himself, Willie Nelson, has teamed up with Michael Bublé on his new album, Higher, for a duet of Willie’s iconic hit “Crazy”.
Originally a solo write by Willie, it was made extremely popular by Patsy Cline in 1961 and became not only her signature song, but one of the most recognizable country songs ever written.
Patsy’s version peaked at #2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles chart, and also crossed over to the pop chart as a top 10 single.
Though I have to admit that I really only ever listen to Michael’s music around Christmastime, because his is the most tolerable (and dare I say I actually enjoy it), this is pretty damn good.
According to Forbes, Bublé says Willie Nelson is right up there with Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Tony Bennett:
“You know, I’ve been doing media interviews with countries all over the world and they keep saying, ‘You have a great duet with a country singer.’ Well, I never saw him as a country singer.
I’ve held Willie in the same esteem I hold Sinatra and Martin and Bennett. For me as a kid, when he put out ‘Stardust,’ it was one of the great records ever.
When I spoke with Willie and his wife, and we talked about doing this, I kept telling him the version of ‘Crazy’ I’ve always been in love with was his.
We all love Patsy Cline and I know people think hers is the definitive version of that song, but it wasn’t for me, it was Willie’s.”
While Michael definitely puts his own soulful spin on it, the man has an incredible voice and it’s cool as shit that he got Willie to sing on this rendition with him:
Willie’s solo version:
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