Crazy Little Thing Called Love – Queen

THIS DAY IN MUSIC…………………………….on February 23rd of 1980 Queen had Billboard’s top tune with “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”. Freddie Mercury wrote this while Queen were recording The Game in Germany. He wrote it while taking a bubble bath in his room at the Munich Hilton. Peter Hince, the head of Queen’s road crew, recalled to Mojo magazine September 2009: “The idea for the song came to him while he was in the bath. He emerged, wrapped in a towel, I handed him the guitar and he worked out the chords there and then. Fred had this knack of knowing a great pop song.” Freddie acknowledged that perhaps his limited talent on the guitar helped shape the song: “‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’ took me five or ten minutes. I did that on the guitar, which I can’t play for nuts, and in one way it was quite a good thing because I was restricted, knowing only a few chords. It’s a good discipline because I simply had to write within a small framework. I couldn’t work through too many chords and because of that restriction I wrote a good song, I think.” This was the first song on which Freddie Mercury played rhythm guitar. He was keen to keep the song minimal, despite his limited guitar knowledge, and producer Mack claimed that he rushed into the studio to record it “before Brian could get there!” At first, this was not released in the US. Since the album was not out yet, radio stations there started playing import copies of the single. This led Queen’s record company to release it in America, about 3 months after it came out in England. The single was very successful for the band, hitting #2 in the UK and becoming their first US #1 hit.