Crazy on You

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"Crazy on You"
Single by Heart
from the album Dreamboat Annie
B-side "Dreamboat Annie"
Released 1976
Format 7" single
Recorded August 1975
Genre Hard rock
Length 4:54
Label Mushroom
Writer(s) Ann Wilson
Nancy Wilson
Producer(s) Mike Flicker
Heart singles chronology
"Crazy on You"
(1976)
"Magic Man"
(1976)

"Kick It Out"
(1977)

"Crazy on You"
(1978)

"Heartless"
(1978)

"Crazy on You" is the debut American single from the rock band Heart. It was the first single following the release of their debut album Dreamboat Annie, released in 1976 (two earlier Canadian singles had preceded the release of the album). Starting with an acoustic guitar intro called "Silver Wheels",[1] the song turns into fast-paced rock song that was the signature sound of the band in their early years. "Crazy on You" attracted attention both for the relatively unusual combination of an acoustic guitar paired with an electric guitar, and the fact that the acoustic guitarist was a female – a rarity in rock music during that time. According to co-writer/guitarist Nancy Wilson on an episode of In the Studio with Redbeard (which devoted an entire episode to the Dreamboat Annie album), the rapid acoustic rhythm part was inspired by The Moody Blues song "Question".

The song's lyrics tell of a person's desire to forget all the problems of the world during one night of passion. During an interview on Private Sessions, Ann Wilson revealed the song was written in response to the stress caused by the Vietnam War and social unrest in the United States in the early seventies.

"Crazy on You" became the band's first commercial hit, peaking at #35 on the charts in the summer of 1976. Despite its modest chart performance, "Crazy on You" remains one of Heart's signature songs and is still a staple on U.S. classic rock radio stations. In late 1977, Mushroom Records re-released the single with the same catalog number and B-Side. This re-release peaked at #62 on the Hot 100 in early 1978. In the Netherlands it reached number two on the singles chart in March 1977. The single's B-side, "Dreamboat Annie", was later released on its own as an A-side.

In 2013, the original lineup of the band performed the song for their induction into the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame, their first performance together in over thirty years.

Chart performance[edit]

Original release[edit]

Chart (1976) Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart[citation needed] 70
Belgian Singles Chart[citation needed] 13
Canadian Singles Chart[2] 25
Dutch Singles Chart[3] 4
French Singles Chart[citation needed] 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[4] 35

1978 Re-issue[edit]

Chart (1978) Peak
position
Canadian Singles Chart[2] 68
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[5][6] 62

Covers and appearances[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Julie Bergman (August 1981). "Guitar Queen of Heart". Acoustic Guitar. Retrieved Dec 31, 2012. "On the first album, I did an acoustic instrumental piece, 'Silver Wheels,' which introduced 'Crazy on You,'" Nancy recalled. "I really wanted people to know right up front what I could do. It was the same thing as sitting in the Bandwagon music store and playing 'Angie.' It was like, 'Check me out, I know some stuff.'" 
  2. ^ a b "Results - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  3. ^ Steffen Hung. "Heart - Crazy On You". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  4. ^ Heart "Album and Song Chart History - Billboard.com". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2012-06-22. 
  5. ^ "Heart - Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-06-22. 
  6. ^ "Crazy on You - Heart - Billboard.com". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2012-06-22. 

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