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.