Elvis Presley died at just 42 in 1977 and two years later Freddie Mercury wrote his tribute to The King. In fact, the Queen singer penned Crazy Little Thing Called Love in about 10 minutes in the bath. And now Brian May has shared a very convincing Elvis impersonator singing the track and it sounds very much like one that would’ve suited The King.
Sharing a clip from the video by Amazing Daviator Productions on his Instagram, Brian wrote; “Wow ! Imagine Freddie keeping quiet about this all those years !!!
“Ha ha !! If I didn’t know better …. !!! This is a brilliant fake !! Google it – the guitar solo is great too … Elvis lives !!! Bri.”
In a recent episode of Queen The Greatest, the 74-year-old shared how Freddie was quite the fan of The King.
Brian said: “He was very fond of Elvis, and of Cliff I have to say, also. 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.”
Brian continued: “It does sound very authentic, everything about it is sort of like original rock and roll sounding.”
Express.co.uk caught up with the Queen guitarist earlier this year and asked about Elvis’ influence on Freddie and the band.
The 74-year-old said: “I think it’s impossible to have been a kid at that time and not been influenced by Elvis.
“Freddie in particular though, of course. He was one of Freddie’s great heroes.”
Brian didn’t hold back on what it was about Elvis that made him The King of Rock and Roll.
The Queen legend said: “And looking back, you know how you sometimes reevaluate when you listen to the old records? You think, ‘What was it that I saw in those things?’
“When you listen to an Elvis record you realise he probably done it in one or two takes. There’s no auto-tuning, there’s no jiggery-pokery. He was damn good.
“He was accurate, passionate, had fantastic range, fantastic tone; he deserved everything he got. He was the pinnacle at the time, I would say, of what a singer could be – no doubt about it. And he had a great team around him.”