“Bring Back That Leroy Brown” was written by Mercury and features him doing most of the vocals (with production techniques using tape speed to make it sound really low in the harmonies) as well as grand piano and jangle piano. May played ukulele-banjo and Deacon did a line with a double bass. The song’s title alludes to the standard Bad Bad Leroy Brown by the American singer-songwriter Jim Croce (little known in Queen’s native UK) who had died in a plane crash the previous year.

Brian May - 24 December 1977, BBC Radio One:

“The ukulele was incidental to that because it that was Freddie’s song. It had this kind of vaudeville atmosphere and I just thought the ukulele would go nicely on it and we worked beside it, so it could be done. And I managed to fiddle a little ukulele solo.”

Edited by backtothelight on 8 Jul 2009, 01:51

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