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Posted: 01 May 08, 11:41 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

On the Wikipedia page for "Crazy Little Thing Called Love," it mentions an anecdote I've never read or heard before--that John Lennon was inspired to return to recording after hearing Crazy Little Thing on the radio. It also says that both Brian and Roger have commented on this rumor.

Where did this originate?
Is there any truth/evidence for it?
And where have Brian/Roger/anyone authoritative on Queen spoken about it?

The Wiki says Brian mentioned it on his website, but searching through using the Google bar on his page, I haven't been able to find anything.

Being a big Lennon/Beatles fan as well as a Queen fan, I'm intensely interested in this.


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Posted: 01 May 08, 11:43 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

It's a fairly well established story, probably some truth to it.
Lennon was also apparently spurred into motion by a B-52's song (Rock Lobster, I think????) so I guess there were lots of things getting him going at the time.


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Posted: 01 May 08, 11:49 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Roger have said about that in the 80s. He said that he read about it in Rolling Stone magazine.

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Posted: 01 May 08, 12:16 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I never came across a Lennon authority/source for this, but it is a well-bandied about story.

The place where he would have heard it is on the radio in the Dakota building, where he lived with Yoko One in Manhattan.


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Posted: 01 May 08, 17:25 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

apparently it was julian who was heavily into queen at the time and was playing crazy while visiting his father lennon was a pure rock n roll freak and lets face it that tune would get any rock n roll nut going! well done julian!


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Posted: 01 May 08, 18:41 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Zebonka12 wrote:

It's a fairly well established story, probably some truth to it.
Lennon was also apparently spurred into motion by a B-52's song (Rock Lobster, I think????) so I guess there were lots of things getting him going at the time.


LOL while trying to imagine John Lennon channeling his inner Fred Schneider.

Oh. Wait. That would probably be Yoko's job. :O


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Posted: 01 May 08, 20:01 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

yeah I hard this, but I also head some wheres that Paul Mac wrote something that enspired him insted of this.

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Posted: 01 May 08, 22:36 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

It's not true. John Lennon and I were just friends.


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Posted: 02 May 08, 15:44 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Well, does anyone have any links? Sources? Something/somewhere that we can read about this rumor and what the boys had to say about it?


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Posted: 02 May 08, 16:31 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

'It's not rockabilly exactly, but it did have that early Elvis feel, and it was one of the first records to exploit that. In fact, I read somewhere - in Rolling Stone I think it was - that John Lennon heard it and it gave him the impetus to start writing again. If it's true - and listening to that last album it certainly sounds as if he explored similar influences - that's wonderful.'
- Roger Taylor

P.S. That Wikipedia zymosis is really dangerous. 'Gimme link, gimme quote'... Man, I can put any quotes on free web-page hosting, but it won't make the quotes reliable. Where's good old faith to the never-failing veterans?

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Posted: 03 May 08, 00:29 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Serry... wrote:

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P.S. That Wikipedia zymosis is really dangerous. 'Gimme link, gimme quote'... Man, I can put any quotes on free web-page hosting, but it won't make the quotes reliable. Where's good old faith to the never-failing veterans?


Well, I meant reliable links. Of course, I didn't mean dinky links to unreliable websites. SILLY SERRY! You know I love you.


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Posted: 03 May 08, 01:46 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

What the links are reliable? What's the reason to ask question on the board, don't trust to the answers and then ask for the reliable links? What makes those links reliable since most of the web-masters of those reliable sites are fans just like you and me? If Mr Scully or Sir GH will give you an answer about any live show on QZ - do they have to link it to their own reliable sites or it's not necessary?

That source/link/quote chain can to become never-ending one.

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Posted: 04 May 08, 18:13 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Serry... wrote:

What the links are reliable? What's the reason to ask question on the board, don't trust to the answers and then ask for the reliable links? What makes those links reliable since most of the web-masters of those reliable sites are fans just like you and me? If Mr Scully or Sir GH will give you an answer about any live show on QZ - do they have to link it to their own reliable sites or it's not necessary?

That source/link/quote chain can to become never-ending one.


I guess I just meant a reliable response. The first several responses to my post were all speculative and "I think..." I was merely asking for a more concrete response.

I only used "links" to be directed to some place where we could read more about it. I wasn't doubting anyone's veracity, I just wanted to be able to read more about it. If one didn't exist, I'd be (and am) content to just read what the veterans have to post.

And by "reliable," I meant with quotes from Brian or Roger.

Hope that clears everything up. I'm not one of these source-hounds that have been birthed by the age of Wikipedia. We just appear to have had a misunderstanding on what I meant.


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