Queen Revisits Their US Breakthrough Moment With New Video
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“Crazy Little Thing Called Love” Was A Tribute To A Fellow Rock Legend
In the latest episode of Queen The Greatest, guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor discussed the backstory of the classic hit “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” and its impact. The single was released in 1979. Compared to their other tracks, this one was rather simple, but it remains one of their best known and most enduring recordings. According to Taylor, Freddie Mercury wrote it “in the bath in about 10 minutes.”
May revealed that it was “Freddie’s tribute to Elvis, in a way.”
“He was very fond of Elvis, and of Cliff, I have to say,” May continued. “Yeah, Freddie wrote it very quickly and rushed in and put it down with the boys. By the time I got there, it was almost done.”
“And I think the sounds that Mack managed to get, these very elemental, real, very real sounds, ambient sounds in the studio had a big contribution to make,” he added. “It does sound very authentic, everything about it is sort of like original rock and roll sounding.”
“Crazy Little Thing Called Love” went on to become their first number-one single on the US Billboard Hot 100.