Sunday, April 17, 2011

Crazy She Calls Me.

Todays track is 'Crazy She Calls Me' as brought to you by 'Mr. Excitement' Jackie Wilson. Jackie Wilson has a long history, so I will provide a link his Wikipedia page at the end and instead give a short history of the song itself.

This song was originally known as 'Crazy He Calls Me' and was most famously recorded by Billie Holiday in 1949. It's been covered numerous times by men and women alike with the men simply changing all the 'he's' to 'she's.' The tune was written by Carl Sigman who had previously written 'Pennsylvania 6-5000' with Glen Miller and had also penned tracks with Duke Ellington. While the lyrics were handled by Bob Russell who would go on to write 'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother' with Bobby Scott for The Hollies. The song was later inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010.

Here is Jackie Wilson's take on 'Crazy He Calls Me':

And, as a bonus, and for good measure, here is Billie Holiday's version:

And here is a link to the history of Jackie Wilson, who is credited as being one of the main bridges in helping R&B transition into Soul.

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