a fair and balanced birdthing (raaven) wrote,
a fair and balanced birdthing
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Music Poll Answers

Crazy Little Thing Called Love is indeed credited to Freddy Mercury of Queen (thanks, jincman!). It was released as a single in 1979, and on the album The Game in 1980. A shocking array of folks have covered it, including Jimmy Ellis aka Orion (thanks, ratphooey!). He does, indeed, sound a LOT like Elvis. Other notables are The Brian Setzer Orchestra, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (who apparently has done a veritable spate of rock and pop tribute albums), and country favorite Dwight Yoakum.

Sadly, I know little of the late, great Freddy Mercury and his personal icons, but I'd be very surprised indeed if Elvis and/or the myriad of pre-Elvis rockabilly were not considered influential to his music.

Dancing in the Moonlight

While there is indeed a song titled Dancing in the Moonlight by Thin Lizzy, it's not the same song I was referring to. Oddly, it too has a strong Van Morrison flavor to it. I wonder if there's some kind of forgotten band story here...if any of y'all find any references, please drop me a note.

In any case, this song, Dancing in the Moonlight was done by one-hit-wonder King Harvest for their album, Dancing in the Moonlight, in 1972. It sounds like a dead ringer for Van Morrison, and that's no mistake. King Harvest figured Van as one of their very strongest influences, along with The Band.

Interesting side notes:

- Robbie Robertson wrote and The Band performed the song that inspired King Harvest's name.

-At The Band's farewell concert in San Francisco in 1976, Van Morrison (along with dozens of other special guests and friends) joined them for a couple of songs.
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