Conway Twitty Captured Real Life With “Crazy in Love”


Conway Twitty didn’t leave behind many music videos, but he did capture a realistic look at a longtime relationship with “Crazy in Love.” The wistful ballad looks at a couple who’s on the verge of fading away, although they haven’t quite given up yet. With an adult perspective that’s rare in modern music, Twitty considers a time that being in love was less predictable, even if he did have a few small jealousies from time to time.

Fortunately, there’s a glimmer of hope because the man and woman feel the same way. Now it’s just a matter of who’s going to speak up. That’s one of the things everybody always says about Twitty — he sang words that men wish they could say and that women would like to hear. That is true even in sad songs like “Crazy in Love,” his 1990 single that became his 74th Top 10 country hit. Incredibly, 40 of his singles rose all the way to No. 1, including his signature, “Hello Darlin’.”

One of the most persuasive vocalists in country music history, Twitty died suddenly of a stomach aneurysm on June 5, 1993, on his way from Branson, Mo., to Nashville for Fan Fair. Twenty-one years later, country music has changed dramatically and so has the festival, which is now called the CMA Music Festival. However, Twitty remains a touchstone for modern performers. Last month, he ranked No. 30 on the CMT All-Time Top 40: Artist’s Choice countdown.

Take a moment to enjoy Conway Twitty’s “Crazy in Love.”