|Brian May‘s rare tribute version of Buddy Holly‘s rock ‘n’ roll classic “Maybe Baby” is available for download and streaming from April 14, accompanied by an eye-catching new video. The clip comprises Brian “fan art,” with a colorful collection of fan-created images of the Queen guitar hero from throughout his stellar career.
Brian’s version of the track is on the second disc of bonus tracks on the April 22 deluxe reissue of his second solo album, 1998’s Another World. The second release in his Gold Series, it contains the remastered original album alongside Another Disc, on which he treats his legions of fans to a wealth of previously unreleased remixes, rarities, live tracks and cover versions.
“I’ve never done a Buddy Holly song, and I did ‘Maybe Baby,’” says Brian, ever aware of the part that the single played in his development as a musician. “That song more than probably any other, is the reason that I’m here doing this, playing guitar and being a rock star and being a very fortunate person.”
As well as “Maybe Baby,” the Another Disc bonus disc has May interpreting two more classic 45’s from his youth, the Shadows’ 1961 instrumental “F.B.I.” and Conway Twitty’s 1958 tear-jerker “It’s Only Make Believe.” Both the latter song and “Maybe Baby” feature guest vocals by Brian’s “friend” T.E. Conway, his one-time alter ego who appeared at the Queen Christmas Convention at London’s Shepherds Bush Empire in 1998.
The new video also includes a Queen fan’s visual tip of the hat to the T.E. Conway character, and Brian says of the second disc on the new deluxe album: “It has a also an escapade where a dear friend [and] relative of mine, T.E. Conway, visited me from the southern states of America and performed for me, if you like.”
“Maybe Baby,” credited to Holly’s group the Crickets, entered the UK and US charts in March 1958, and it had a profound effect on May, who was then just ten years old.
“I heard Buddy Holly make that incredible sound on his guitar, that clang, singing that beautiful song, hearing those wonderful harmonies of the Crickets,” he remembers. “And it completely motivated me. I just thought, ‘That’s what I want to do. I want to be able to make music that does that to people, makes them feel this kind of yearning, makes them feel this joy and passion.’”