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Queen released ‘You’re My Best Friend’

10 June, 1976 – Queen released ‘You’re My Best Friend’ in the USA with ‘39 (Brian May) as the B-Side. Both tracks are from the bands fourth studio album, ‘A Night At The Opera.’

This beautiful, catchy love song was written by John Deacon for his lovely wife Veronica Tetzlaff and it remains one of Queens best-selling singles of all time.

John wrote this song using an electric piano, a Wurlitzer, and when he was wanting to incorporate the instrument with his lyrics. Freddie, did not want to play it, “I refused to play that damn thing,” he said. “It’s tiny and horrible and I don’t like them. Why play those when you have a lovely superb piano.”

“Well, Freddie didn’t like the electric piano, so I took it home and I started to learn on the electric piano and basically that’s the song that came out, you know, when I was learning to play piano. It was written on that instrument and it sounds best on that, you know, often on the instrument that you wrote the song on.”
(John Deacon 1977 BBC Radio One)

John didn’t write that many songs but when he did – as with ‘Another One Bites the Dust’ and ‘I Want To Break Free’ – they were big, big hits,” said Brian May. “‘You’re My Best Friend’ became one of the most-played tracks on American radio. John was a dark horse, generally the quiet guy in Queen. We would ask him sometimes, ‘Have you got anything, John?’ and he was very self-effacing about what he had written. ‘You’re My Best Friend’ was about his lovely lady wife.” – Brian May

Roger Taylor didn’t like the lyric: “𝐈’𝐦 𝐡𝐚𝐩𝐩𝐲 𝐚𝐭 𝐡𝐨𝐦𝐞“
He said, “I don’t want that fucking line on here! We’re not singing ‘happy at home’, for fucks sake! It’s rock and roll! What is this? The Women’s institute!”
(Rags to Rhapsody Documentary)

“You’re My Best Friend” is such a cool song, obviously with a complex bass line. John Deacon wrote it about his wife Veronica. Looking back on it, here’s a guy, very understated, writes a song about his wife and it turns out to be one of Queen’s biggest singles ever. And, then after Freddie’s death, he decides not to continue with Brian and Roger and leaves the business, it’s too much. He chooses to stay home with his best friend, his wife. So, in a way, that song sums up who John deacon really is…” ♥️
(David Ellefson, Bassist for Megadeath)

On February 16, 2013, The readers of Ultimate Classic Rock chose ‘You’re My Best Friend’ as the most romantic rock music video.

It peaked at #16 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and was later certified platinum in America, with more than one million copies sold.

The B-side is Brian May’s “sci-fi folk song,” ‘39.

“Another track is ’39 a little spacey number by Brian, a skiffle style of number which we’ve never tried before. It’s something that we have… people can’t believe it, they can’t believe it’s us. It’s something Brian wanted to do and it’s very, very unlike Queen really. I think it’s going to the B-side for You’re My Best Friend. It’s something Brian wanted to do and that’s nice.” (Freddie Mercury – Record Mirror 1976)

After writing this song, Brian May read the Herman Hesse novel Siddhartha, which tells the story of a man who sets out on a journey to find enlightenment, leaving his community behind. “The last thing in the book was him staring across the river to his town, which was no longer his because none of his friends were alive,”

“It all seemed very similar to what I had done in my song and I thought that maybe that that was subconsciously what it was about, going out in search of an artistic career and being afraid of leaving everything behind. It hit me that it was a personal song and not just a story. I don’t usually consider an ordinary story enough to put on a record. There had to be another reason and that told me what it was. It was my insecure feeling of wondering if everything gets left behind if you go out in search of what we are going out in search of.” (Brian May – Melody Maker 1975)

Brian had asked John Deacon to play double bass as a joke but a couple of days later he found John in the studio with the instrument, and he had already learned to play it!

The beautiful video ‘You’re My Best Friend’ https://youtu.be/HaZpZQG2z10

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