Sugar Hill Readies Willie Nelson’s Early Demos

Fifteen of Willie Nelson’s earliest demo recordings will be released by Sugar Hill Records on Feb. 11. Crazy: The Demo Sessions includes eight previously unreleased recordings Nelson made in the ‘60s for Pamper Music, a publishing company co-owned by Hal Smith and country artist Ray Price. The CD will also include seven rare demos that have occasionally surfaced on compilations and bootlegs. Among them are “Three Days,” “I’ve Just Destroyed the World” and the version of “Crazy” pitched to Patsy Cline in 1961. The recordings were discovered in 1994 on a tape in the vaults of Sony/ATV Tree Music Publishing, which purchased Pamper in 1969. Sugar Hill director of A&R Steve Fishell is supervising the reissue with the help of Nelson and the staff and archives of the Country Music Hall of Fame. Fishell says, “The demos show us that Willie had his unique sound as early as 1960, but it took 15 years for the world to catch up with him.” 12/11/02