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Sunday, November 23, 2014

This day in HISTOROCK !! Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody !!

            This day in HISTOROCK !!

                     In 1975, Queen started a nine-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with "Bohemian Rhapsody".  The promotional video that accompanied the song is generally acknowledged as being the first pop video and only cost $8,800 to produce !!  Amazingly it almost didn’t make it as a single. When the band wanted to release the single various record executives suggested to them that, at 5 minutes and 55 seconds, it was too long and would never be a hit. They said the song had no chorus, instead consisting of three main parts: a ballad segment, an operatic passage, and a hard rock section. And it’s 5 seconds shy of 6 minutes in length !! The band took it upon themselves and without the record company's knowledge they gave a copy to local DJ Kenny Everett, who played it on London’s Capital Radio 14 times over the following weekend !! After that, there was no doubt the listening public were ready to accept such a radical departure from normal FM rock music and EMI agreed to release Bohemian Rhapsody as a single and the rest as they say is history !! It became one of Queen's biggest hits and to this day is still played on radio stations somewhere in the world once an hour, everyday of the year !! A rock'n'roll CLASSIC !! Apparently Freddie had the idea for the song in the late 60’s when he came up with the line "Mama, just killed a man." !! A song that is almost instantly recognizable, just from the opening line or the operatic passage with chants of Galileo and Mama Mia that stick in your subconscious forever !! At the time it was the most expensive single ever made and remains one of the most elaborate recordings in  music history !! During recording, Brian May, Freddie Mercury, and Roger Taylor sang their vocal parts continually for ten to twelve hours a day, resulting in 180 separate overdubs !! Back in the day, they had to overdub themselves many times and "bounce" these down to successive sub-mixes. The various sections of tape containing the desired submixes had to be spliced with razor blades and assembled in the correct sequence using adhesive tape !!  WOW and today just the click of a mouse and it's done :-) Just how big was and is Queen to this day ?  Just type the word Queen in Google and see who pops up first :-) This is the official video for Bohemian Rhapsody !! Enjoy :-)

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