Believe it or not, Ray Stevens has a serious side.
Stevens, who is a country/pop singer-songwriter and comedian, is known for being a funny guy, but he doesn't goof around during a tribute performance to Patsy Cline.
On August 5, 1997, Stevens appeared on a TV show paying tribute to Cline in order to sing his rendition of her most recognizable song, "Crazy."
"Crazy" was originally written by Willie Nelson, and Cline went on to record it in 1961. The song was a #2 country hit and was also a major crossover hit, further establishing Cline's reputation as a crossover artist.
Stevens says that he appreciates everything Cline did to help future artists experience similar success with their own singles.
"Her success in having hits in the other fields other than country sort of pushed the door open a little further for people like me."
Stevens wrote his own arrangement of "Crazy" for his performance, featuring an instrumental quartet with saxophones, a trumpet, and trombone, and Stevens played piano. This arrangement of the song gives it a completely different, jazzier feel than the original.
"I wanted to write the arrangement so that it could be a little different than what you're used to hearing," Stevens says after the performance.
But Stevens couldn't hold back the comedian in him for long. When the host asks him how he had really wanted to perform the song, Stevens says that he wanted to scream after he sang the first word, "crazy."
In all seriousness though, Stevens says he has a great admiration for "Crazy" and Cline.
"That's the first time I've ever sung that song, and I love that song, it's a great song."
We agree with Stevens, "Crazy" is definitely a great song, and his unique rendition of Cline's signature hit is pretty great as well.
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