Crazy Love (Van Morrison song)

"Crazy Love" is a romantic ballad written by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison and included on his 1970 album, Moondance. The song was originally released as the B-side to "Come Running" in May 1970 before it was released as a single in the Netherlands, "Come Running" as the B-side.[2] The cover of the single shows Morrison with his then-wife, Janet "Planet" Rigsbee. The photograph was taken by Elliot Landy, the official photographer of the 1969 Woodstock festival.[3]

"Crazy Love"
Artwork for German vinyl single
Single by Van Morrison
from the album Moondance
B-side"Come Running"
ReleasedApril 1970[1]
RecordedAugust–November 1969
GenreBlue-eyed soul
LabelWarner Bros.
Songwriter(s)Van Morrison
Producer(s)Van Morrison and Lewis Merenstein
Van Morrison singles chronology
"Come Running"
"Crazy Love"
Moondance track listing

Duets with Van MorrisonEdit

Ray Charles introduced Van Morrison by starting the first verse before Van's appearance when he was inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame in 2003. Morrison and Charles then finished with a duet of "Crazy Love". Ray Charles remarked about this performance: "It meant a lot to sing 'Crazy Love' on stage that evening."[4] Genius Loves Company, Ray Charles' 2004 album, includes this duet featuring the two singers. Van Morrison and Bob Dylan sang a duet of "Crazy Love" on the BBC film, One Irish Rover in 1991.

In the mediaEdit

"Crazy Love" has featured in several movies including: She's Having a Baby (1988), starring Kevin Bacon, Always (1989) with Richard Dreyfuss, Leaving Normal (1992) and "Jason's Lyric (1994) and Phenomenon (as covered by Aaron Neville and Robbie Robertson), (1996) starring John Travolta.[5] Also it appeared in The Five-Year Engagement (2012),[6] starring Jason Segel and Emily Blunt covered by Audra Mae, Brian Kennedy's cover of "Crazy Love" was featured in the 1994 movie, When a Man Loves a Woman.[7] "Crazy Love" was listed as No. 198 on the All Time 885 Greatest Songs compiled in 2004 by WXPN from listener's votes.[8]

Other releasesEdit

The duet featuring Ray Charles and Van Morrison as performed at the 2003 SHOF awards is one of the 31 songs on the compilation album The Best of Van Morrison Volume 3 released in 2007. The original version from Moondance is one of the hits included on the 2007 compilation album, Still on Top - The Greatest Hits.

Cover versionsEdit

"Crazy Love" has been performed by many artists. Versions by Brian Kennedy, Aaron Neville and Robbie Robertson were featured in movies. Helen Reddy scored her first Adult Contemporary Billboard Top 10 hit with her cover version.[9][10] Other artists who have recorded the song are Maxi Priest,[citation needed]Brian McKnight,[10]Paul Carrack,[10] Rita Coolidge,[10]Bryan Ferry,[10]Rod Stewart,[11] Jason Manns with Jensen Ackles, and Cassandra Wilson on Van Morrison's 1994 tribute album, No Prima Donna: The Songs of Van Morrison. Helena Vondráčková recorded the Czech rendering "To se ti pouze zda" in 1972. Kirka recorded the Finnish rendering "Rakkauden sain" for his 1977 album Kaksi Poulta. Croatian singer Josipa Lisac released a Croatian version of the song on her 1979 album, Made in USA, titled "Život s njim" (Croatian for "Life with him") and also covered an original English version. In 1995, Emilíana Torrini recorded the song for her first and Iceland only album Crouçie d'Où Là. Michael Bublé covered the song and titled his 2009 album Crazy Love.[12]Michael Bolton covered "Crazy Love" on his 2009 album, One World One Love.[13] A cappella versions include Overboard's rendition on their 2008 album, Castaways. American Idol season 3 finalist Jon Peter Lewis included his version on his 2010 EP Jon Peter Lewis. Cara Dillon's live performance of "Crazy Love" was featured on the Jools Holland show in April 2010.[14] In 2013, contemporary Christian band The Katinas covered the song on their album Love Chapter. Georga performed a version in Swedish, "Galet med kärlek", on his 2016 album Vid Grinden.[15]


Michael Bublé versionEdit

"Crazy Love"
Single by Michael Bublé
from the album Crazy Love
B-side"Pennies from Heaven"
Released16 May 2010
FormatDigital download, CD single
GenreJazz, pop
Label143 Records, Reprise
Songwriter(s)Van Morrison
Michael Bublé singles chronology
"Cry Me a River"
"Crazy Love"

"Crazy Love" was later covered by Canadian singer Michael Bublé, and released as the fourth single from his fourth studio album, Crazy Love (2009). The single was released on 29 June 2010, accompanied by a number of bonus tracks and mixes from the album.[16]


The single was released on 16 May 2010, accompanied by the bonus tracks "Pennies from Heaven", originally an iTunes Store bonus track on Crazy Love, "Relax Max", featuring Naturally 7, an Amazon exclusive bonus track on Crazy Love, and an instrumental version of "Haven't Met You Yet".[17] The release was accompanied by a music video for the track, again directed by Rich Lee. The video premiered on YouTube on 1 May 2010.

Track listingEdit

  • Digital download[16]
  1. "Crazy Love" – 3:31
  2. "Pennies from Heaven" – 3:15
  3. "Relax Max" (featuring Naturally 7) – 3:29
  4. "Haven't Met You Yet" (Instrumental) – 4:05
  • Promotional CD single[18]
  1. "Crazy Love" (Edit) – 3:08


Chart (2010) Peak
UK Singles Chart[19] 122


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  2. ^ DeWitt. The Mystic's Music. p.64
  3. ^ "Van Morrison and his wife Janet, Woodstock, NY, 1969". Archived from the original on 12 November 2007. Retrieved 4 November 2007.
  4. ^ "Ray Charles". Concord Music Group. 10 June 2004. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
  5. ^ "Van Morrison". Retrieved 3 October 2016.
  6. ^ "The Five-Year Engagement (2012)". Retrieved 3 October 2016.
  7. ^ "Soundtrack Collector: When a Man Loves a Woman". 3 November 2009.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 31 May 2007. Retrieved 2007-05-21.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2 April 2012. Retrieved 2011-09-13.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ a b c d e "Grateful Dead Family discography:Crazy Love". Retrieved 17 October 2009.
  11. ^ "allmusic: Rod Stewart: Crazy Love". Retrieved 27 October 2009.
  12. ^ "Michael Buble to unleash Crazy Love in October". Retrieved 10 October 2009.
  13. ^ "Michael Bolton-Crazy Love". Archived from the original on 10 November 2012. Retrieved 5 November 2009.
  14. ^ "BBC Radio Programmes – Jools Holland. It was also covered my Michael Buble 05/04/2010". BBC. Retrieved 28 April 2010.
  15. ^ "Georga | .se | Hem". Retrieved 3 October 2016.
  16. ^ a b "iTunes Store".[permanent dead link]
  17. ^ "Crazy Love by Michael Bublé". Archived from the original on 23 October 2012. Retrieved 30 December 2012.
  18. ^ [1] Archived 6 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine
  19. ^ "Radio 1 – Chart – The Official UK Top 40 Singles Chart". BBC. Retrieved 21 February 2012.


  • DeWitt, Howard A. (1983). Van Morrison: The Mystic's Music, Horizon Books, ISBN 0-938840-02-9

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