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On this day in music history: October 16, 1961 – “Crazy” by Patsy Cline is released. Written by Willie Nelson, it is the nineteenth single release for the country music icon from Winchester, VA. By the early 60’s, singer Patsy Cline is a major star in country music. She scores her second major hit with “I Fall To Pieces” (#1 Country, #12 Pop) in August of 1961. As it’s climbing the charts, Cline and her brother Sam are involved in a near fatal car accident on June 14, 1961. Patsy is seriously hurt, suffering multiple injuries. She spends a month in the hospital, before returning to the stage of the Grand Ole Opry just six weeks later. Looking for a follow up to “I Fall To Pieces”, Cline and producer Owen Bradley begin looking for songs to extend her run of hits. While drinking at a Nashville bar called Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, Patsy’s husband Charlie Dick hears the song “Crazy” on the jukebox. Originally titled “Stupid”, it’s written by future country music icon Willie Nelson. At the time he has recently landed his first major hit as a songwriter, when Faron Young records his song “Hello Walls”, which tops the country singles chart for nine weeks and crosses over to the pop chart. When Willie meets Charlie, he suggests that Patsy record it. But when she hears Nelson’s original demo recording, she hates it. However, when her producer Owen Bradley hears it, he convinces her to record it. Patsy agrees to record “Crazy” and they make their first attempt in mid August of 1961, at Bradley’s recording studio in Nashville, TN. The track features a number of veteran country studio players including Floyd Cramer (piano), Bob Moore (bass), Harold Bradley (guitar), Buddy Harmon (drums) and The Jordanaires (background vocals). On crutches and continuing to recover, Patsy attempts to put her vocal on the track. Her still mending broken ribs make it difficult to hit the high notes in the song, so after four hours of trying, they stop. Feeling considerably better, Cline returns to the studio on August 21, 1961, and records her final vocal in a single take. Released almost two months later, “Crazy” is an across the board smash, peaking at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 on November 27, 1961, #2 on the Adult Contemporary chart on the same date, and at #2 on the Country singles chart on January 20, 1962. Becoming one of Patsy Cline’s signature songs, “Crazy” becomes a country and pop music standard being widely covered across several musical genres. Cline’s own version holds the distinction of being the most played recording ever on jukeboxes, according to the Amusement and Music Operators Association. Patsy’s recording is inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 1992, and is added to the National Recording Registry by the Library Of Congress in 2003. The song is also featured on the video games Twisted Metal, Deadpool and Mafia III.

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On this day in music history: June 11, 1991 – “Seal” (aka “Seal I”), the debut album by Seal is released. Produced by Trevor Horn and Adamski, it is recorded at Sarm West Studios, Beethoven Street Studios, CTS Studios in London, The Manor Studios in Shipton-on-Cherwell, Oxford, UK, Cherokee Studios, Lion Share Studios in Hollywood, CA, The Complex in Los Angeles, CA, and Can-Am Recorders in Tarzana, CA from November 1990 – April 1991. Born Seal Henry Olusegun Olumide Adeola Samuel, the British born Afro-Brazilian musician makes his initial breakthrough in 1990, co-writing and singing on acid house producer Adamski’s UK chart topper “Killer”. From there, he signs with producer Trevor Horn’s ZTT Records and begin work on his solo debut album. Recorded in a relatively brief six months, Horn’s perfectionist tendencies come into play, as the deadline to release the album comes up. Two versions of Seal’s debut are released, with each featuring alternate versions or mixes of three songs (“Wild”, “Violet”, and “Crazy”). Once released, it is a critical and commercial success, establishing the musician on a worldwide basis, entering the UK album chart at number one. It spins off five singles in the UK (three in the US) including “Crazy” (#2 UK, #7 US Pop) and “Future Love Paradise” (#12 UK). The album is remastered and reissued in 2005 as a deluxe edition CD + DVD set. The CD contains the original nine song album. The DVD/DVD-A disc features the entire album remixed into 5.1 surround sound, including three music videos and five 12" remixes previously issued. “Seal” spends four weeks at number one on the UK album chart, peaking at number twenty seven on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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On this day in music history: June 11, 1991 – “Seal” (aka “Seal I”), the debut album by Seal is released. Produced by Trevor Horn and Adamski, it is recorded at Sarm West Studios, Beethoven Street Studios, CTS Studios in London, The Manor Studios in Shipton-on-Cherwell, Oxford, UK, Cherokee Studios, Lion Share Studios in Hollywood, CA, The Complex in Los Angeles, CA, and Can-Am Recorders in Tarzana, CA from November 1990 – April 1991. Born Seal Henry Olusegun Olumide Adeola Samuel, the British born Afro-Brazilian musician makes his initial breakthrough in 1990, co-writing and singing on acid house producer Adamski’s UK chart topper “Killer”. From there, he signs with producer Trevor Horn’s ZTT Records and begin work on his solo debut album. Recorded in a relatively brief six months, Horn’s perfectionist tendencies come into play, as the deadline to release the album comes up. Two versions of Seal’s debut are released, with each featuring alternate versions or mixes of three songs (“Wild”, “Violet”, and “Crazy”). In the US, some promo copies of the album are issued in a special carton box set, with the CD, a cassette copy of the full album, and a poster card of Seal holding two falcons. Once released, it is a critical and commercial success, establishing the musician on a worldwide basis, entering the UK album chart at number one. It spins off five singles in the UK (three in the US) including “Crazy” (#2 UK, #7 US Pop) and “Future Love Paradise” (#12 UK). The album is remastered and reissued in 2005 as a deluxe edition CD + DVD set. The CD contains the original nine song album. The DVD/DVD-A disc features the entire album remixed into 5.1 surround sound, including three music videos and five 12" remixes previously issued. “Seal” spends four weeks at number one on the UK album chart, peaking at number twenty seven on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

Born on this day: April 29, 1933 – Singer, songwriter and Country music icon Willie Nelson (born Willie Hugh Nelson in Abbott, TX). Happy 85th Birthday, Willie!!