Crazy Little Story

Those dancers in Dwight Yoakam’s ad for GAP almost found themselves dancing to his recording of Johnny Horton’s “Honky Tonk Man” instead of to his Grammy-nominated cover of Queen’s “Crazy Little Thing Called Love.” Yoakam originally agreed to let GAP use the Horton recording. Then, a GAP ad rep suggested that a new track be cut, and Yoakam’s manager proposed the Freddie Mercury tune. Yoakam liked the idea, and, working with producer Pete Anderson, he recorded the song over one weekend, under a tight deadline, while the commercial was being shot. “It was a riot, all summer long, doing it live,” Yoakam said, “and I’m very flattered with a Grammy nomination. I’d been a fan of that song since it was released. I looked at it as Freddie Mercury’s homage to the rockabilly singers of the late ’50s. It’s ironic that it ends up back in the hands of a hillbilly singer.”