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Crazy Lady Blues

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Crazy Lady Blues is the first of Sandy Denny’s songs to feature the use of a steel guitar, which was played by Buddy Emmons, one of Nashville’s top pickers. Also playing are Sandy Denny, acoustic guitar; Richard Thompson, bass; Ian Whiteman, piano; Gerry Conway, drums. This studio version appeared in 1971 on Sandy’s first solo LP, The Northstar Grassman and the Ravens.

A live studio recording from 24 August 1971 for the BBC Radio 1 show “Sounds of the Seventies”, hosted by Bob Harris, was broadcast on 6 September 1971 and published both on the 1997 CD The BBC Sessions 1971-73 and on the 3CD+DVD set Live at the BBC of 2007. The latter box also has on its DVD Sandy’s only remaining TV appearance, recorded 15 September 1971 for the BBC TV show “One in Ten: Sandy Denny”. This set included The North Star Grassman and the Ravens, Crazy Lady Blues, and Late November.

Cover Versions

  1. Marianne Faithfull on her album Rich Kid Blues (1984) and on her compilation albums It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue (2000) and True (2000)
  2. Ana Egge on her album Lazy Days (2007)


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