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The UK super band Queen were formed in London in 1971. Originally the band consisted of Freddie Mercury (lead vocals, piano), Brian May (guitar, vocals), John Deacon (bass guitar, guitars, vocals), and Roger Taylor (drums, vocals). They released their début album titled “Queen” in 1973 and its follow-up, “Queen II” in 1974. Both albums enjoyed mild success but it was the release of “Sheer Heart Attack” (1974) and “A Night at the Opera” (1975) that gained the band international success. The latter featured the song “Bohemian Rhapsody”, which stayed at number 1 in the UK Singles Chart for nine weeks. Their 1977 album, “News of the World”, contained the anthems,”We Will Rock You” and “We Are the Champions”. By their 8th album, “The Game”, Queen were one of the biggest stadium rock bands in the world.
“Crazy Little Thing Called Love” was written by Mercury in 1979, and featured on the album “The Game”, released on 30 June 1980. That album also featured their other hit for that year, “Another One Bites the Dust”. The song was released as as single in the UK on 5 October 1979 and peaked at number 2 in the UK Singles Chart on 24 November, staying there for two weeks.
What is interesting is that the song had not been released in the US as the Record Company wanted to release the single with the album, which was not finished. Radio stations in the US started playing import copies of the single, and it’s popularity saw it hit number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 on 23 February 1980, where it remained for four weeks.
Having composed “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” on guitar, Mercury played the rhythm guitar while performing the song live. This was the first time he played rhythm guitar in concert.
Freddie Mercury died in 1991 of AIDS related lung infections. Without the powerful voice of Mercury, the other band members performed together infrequently till 2009.
The band has released a total of eighteen number 1 albums, eighteen number 1 singles, and ten number 1 DVDs, and have sold over 150 million albums.
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