"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. 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.
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." 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.
"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. Also it appeared in The Five-Year Engagement (2012), 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. "Crazy Love" was listed as No. 198 on the All Time 885 Greatest Songs compiled in 2004 by WXPN from listener's votes.
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.
"Crazy Love" has proven to be a classic cover song over the years and has been performed by many popular artists. Brian Kennedy's, Aaron Neville and Robbie Robertson's versions were featured in movies. Helen Reddy scored her first Adult Contemporary Billboard Top 10 hit with her cover version. Some of the other artists who have recorded the song are Brian McKnight, Paul Carrack, Rita Coolidge, Bryan Ferry, Rod Stewart, 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. Michael Bolton covers "Crazy Love" on his 2009 album, One World One Love. 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. In 2013, Contemporary Christian artist The Katinas covered the song in their album Love Chapter. Georga performs a version in Swedish, "Galet med kärlek", on his album Vid Grinden 2016.Van Morrison – vocals
John Klingberg – bass guitar
Jeff Labes – piano
Gary Mallaber – drums, vibraphone
John Platania – guitar
Judy Clay – background vocals
Emily Houston – background vocals
Jackie Verdell – background vocals
"Crazy Love" was later covered by Canadian crooner 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.
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". 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.Digital download
Promotional CD single
- "Crazy Love" – 3:31
- "Pennies from Heaven" – 3:15
- "Relax Max" (featuring Naturally 7) – 3:29
- "Haven't Met You Yet" (Instrumental) – 4:05
- "Crazy Love" (Edit) – 3:08