J.J. Cale – Crazy Mama

Oklahoma blues guitarist and songwriter J.J. Cale is best known for a number of songs that became radio favorites when covered by other artists. These include both “After Midnight” and “Cocaine,” which were written and recorded by Cale before Eric Clapton cut his versions. Also, Cale’s track “Call Me The Breeze” has been covered by numerous acts, most notably by Lynyrd Skynyrd.

“Crazy Mama” is a song from Cale’s debut album Naturally, and was his only Top 40 hit in the US. Naturally peaked at #

This song peaked #22 in the Billboard 100 in 1971.

From Songfacts

Cale took a long time to record Naturally. This was partly down to him being a studio boffin, and also Cale was broke at the time and couldn’t afford session players, so he had to do everything, painstakingly, himself. It was because Cale didn’t want to pay for a drummer that he was one of the first to use drum machines – including on the finished version of this song. Cale recalled to Mojo magazine September 2009: “Well I’m an engineer so they fascinated me, and that first album was spec – I didn’t have a record contract – so it saved money hiring a drummer.”

Crazy Mama

Crazy mama, where you been so long?
Crazy mama, where you been so long?
You’ve been hiding out, I know that’s true
Crazy mama, I sure need you
Crazy mama, where you been so long?

Standing on the corner, looking for you, babe
Standing on the corner, looking for you, babe
Lord have mercy, can I see,
that crazy mama coming back to me?
Crazy mama, where you been so long?

Author: Badfinger (Max)

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

11 thoughts on “J.J. Cale – Crazy Mama”

      1. I heard “Crazy Mama“ first in the early 1970’s on the radio. You can find my review of “Naturally” on my website. There is also a link under the comments to a remarkable documentation by the German regisseur Jörg Bundschuh: „On Tour With J. J. Cale To Tulsa and Back“.

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      2. That album was loaded…thanks for the review. I remember that because when I saw the album’s cover I knew I remembered it…and it was from your blog. I’m going to watch that doc today when I’m not busy.

        Crazy Mama I heard in the late 70s but not again until recently. I never knew much about Cale…I knew his songs of course…the covers by everyone else.

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