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“I think it was close to Freddie’s birthday.

“I think it was close to Freddie’s birthday. We gave him a kaleidoscope, and he was deeply impressed turning it because he didn’t have that much of a blessed childhood. He asked me not really to [talk about it]. He told me a lot of things about that because he was given to a boys’ school out in [India], and he really didn’t want to talk about it. So, this kaleidoscope was really dear to him.

Reinhold Mack also recalled movie nights with Freddie curled up on the couch (‘Amadeus’ was one of his favourites) with hot cocoa and added:

“The nicest thing was when he said, ‘Oh, this is actually like a real family.’ We watched ‘Amadeus’ probably for the eighth time, just sitting next to it at the end, when Mozart was thrown into a ditch and covered in lime, he said, ‘Look, so will I. Just make sure they don’t waste my music.’”

Reinhold Mack

Pictured is Freddie, Mack and John Frederick Mack “Little Freddie” (Freddie and John Deacon’s godson) at Garden Lodge circa 1987. Freddie picked out Little Freddie’s name 😉

I love this story from Mack

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Gallery update freddie with Peter Straker

Cheers 🥂

Freddie is pictured with his close friend Peter Straker; they are celebrating Peter’s album release, ‘This One’s On Me,’ in 1977.

Freddie co-produced the album with Roy Thomas Baker

“Almost every day I’m on the phone for hours or attending meetings. Moreover, I produce and support young talents, like my friend Peter Straker.”

– Freddie Mercury’s Interview with Bravo, 1978

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Queen filmed the video for the beautiful classic “Somebody To Love

4 November 1976 – Queen filmed the video for the beautiful classic “Somebody To Love,’ it was directed by Bruce Gowers, Sarm Studios.

The video was a step up from previous promotional pieces, in that for the first time it mixed the now standard performance of the song filmed in Wessex recording studios in between recording sessions for the album, with footage from their legendary free concert at Hyde Park.

This amazing soul-searching piece was written by Freddie Mercury. It’s sung in a gospel style, with the voices of Freddie Mercury, Brian May and Roger Taylor multi-tracked to sound like a 100-voice choir.

“Somebody To Love’ is Aretha Franklin-influenced.

Freddie’s very much into that. We tried to keep the track in a loose, gospel-type feel. I think it’s the loosest track we’ve ever done.” (Roger Taylor Jan of 1977)

Kenny Everett came through for the band once again as Freddie and Roger drove out to his country home to deliver a white label copy (promo pressing) of the impressive single. Kenny adored it, he played it constantly during his show. The first time he played it, the phone lines went mad! The Capital Radio Hitline was bombarded with calls by listeners voting for it as a favourite song. The next day ‘Somebody To Love’ was a huge hit before it was even properly released!

“It was all about Aretha Franklin for Freddie. She was a huge influence.. Freddie wanted to be Aretha Franklin, you have to bear this in mind, and that explains everything. He loved Aretha. And, this was his Gospel epic. It kind of followed in the steps of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ in the sense that we were building up these multiple vocal parts, but this time we were being a Gospel choir, instead of being an English choir. So it was very much gospel construction and allowed Freddie to sing in the way which he loved.” (Brian May 2012)

This is the first single lifted from Queen’s fifth album, “A Day At The Races.”

Freddie has cited ‘Somebody To Love’ as his favourite song 💛

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Queen released ‘One Vision’/ ‘Blurred Vision’ in the UK.

4 November 1985 – Queen released ‘One Vision’/ ‘Blurred Vision’ in the UK.

The inspiration for “One Vision” began after the band’s show-stopping performance at Live Aid, millions sharing One Vision of a better world. They found themselves returning to the studio with renewed energy to come up with this much loved track.

The idea of writing a song together came from Freddie Mercury.

“Freddie was on the phone, and he wanted to go back into the studio and do some more recording. So, in the end, we went back into the studio, and we actually recorded another single. It was his idea, really, that we could go in and actually write a song together. In fact, I was late getting to the recording sessions because I was on holiday at the time, but it’s credited as a Queen composition, but to be honest, I would say it was mainly Roger, Brian, and Freddie that did most of the writing for it.”
-John Deacon 1985

In the 2011 BBC documentary, Queen: Days of Our Lives, Taylor stated his lyrics were “sort of half nicked off Martin Luther King’s famous speech”.

“The original words were actually about Martin Luther King, Jr., and now I haven’t got a clue what it’s about! Somebody said it was about Bob Geldof, but I don’t think it is.”

Interviewer: Do you know the meaning of the original set of lyrics?

Roger: “No, not anymore! Well, they changed my words!”

Interviewer: Who did?

Roger: “That rotter Freddie!”

  • Roger Taylor – 1986

It wasn’t the first time that Freddie would step in and take control of a song, nor would it be the last, but the band felt a collaborative energy that is became a four-way composition instead of a Taylor-only.

Freddie said, “I like to capture a song very quickly so that it’s fresh and you can work it afterwards. But I hate trying to write a song, and if it’s not coming – ‘Oh, come on, let’s try this’ – it either comes quickly, and then you have it, like the basic skeleton, and then I say, ‘Yes, we have a song,’ then we can start putting in all the clever bits. But if the song’s not happening, I normally say, ‘Oh, just forget it, let’s try something else!’

For the first time ever, the band allowed cameras to film them writing and recording the song at Musicland Studios in late September of 1985, which was then edited into a promotional video and a twenty minute documentary, later released on Magic Years.

“We made a very rare decision to have documentary cameras in there while we were recording, but the documentary cameras actually ruined the whole thing, because I think everyone was so conscious of them being there – everyone sort of played to the cameras. And when I watch any pieces of that now, I think it’s totally false.”
-Brian May

‘One Vision’ became a hit in many countries; it became a huge hit in the band’s native United Kingdom, climbing to #7 on the UK Singles Chart and in Ireland, it reached #5.

In the USA it peaked at 61

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