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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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