March 25, 2021, 4:06 p.m.
The Queen’s six-minute masterpiece “Bohemian Rhapsody” is one of the most famous songs of all time and has sold more than a million copies in its first year alone. But how much do you really know about hit hit songs?
Released in 1975, Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” quickly became one of the most controversial and famous songs of its time.
Nearly 50 years later the hits of Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon are equally popular.
The name of the song was used as the title of the 2019 Oscar-winning film Bohemian Rhapsody,, Queen is a biographical chart showing the band’s success, and in 2018 the song became the most streamlined song of the 20th century after being downloaded or streamed more than 1.6 billion times.
But what inspired the song and how did it come about? Here are all the important facts:
Who wrote ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’?
In August 1975, Freddie Mercury wrote “Bohemian Rhapsody” with colleagues from the Queen group.
It reportedly took three weeks to record the song, and Brian, Freddie and Roger sang vocals for up to 10 hours a day, and Freddie Mercury reportedly performed piano parts on the same piano, Paul McCartney who played on the Beatles’ ‘Hey Jude’ recording. “
Producer Roy Thomas Baker recalled the origin of the song in a 1999 interview: “‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ was completely insane, but we enjoyed every minute of it … We had to record it in three separate parts. We did the whole beginning, then the whole the middle part and then the whole end.
“It was complete madness. The middle part started to be just a few seconds, but Freddie kept coming in with more ‘Galileos’ and we kept adding part of the opera, and he was getting bigger and bigger. We never stopped laughing.”
What is ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ about?
Freddie Mercury reportedly began writing parts of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ in 1960.
Parts of a song he would play on the piano called ‘The Cowboy Song’ contained lyrics that ended in the final piece, but Freddie Mercury always refused to explain what the song was about, saying only that ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ was ‘about connections’. .
Brian May said he feels the song speaks to Freddie Mercury’s personal traumas: “Freddie was a very complex person: whimsical and fun on the surface, but he hid insecurities and problems in reconciling his life with childhood. He never explained the lyrics, but I think he put a lot of himself into that song. “
However, in a documentary interview with BBC Three, Roger Taylor said the true meaning of the song was “pretty self-explanatory with just a little nonsense in the middle”.
Where was ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ filmed?
Queen spent a month rehearsing at Ridge Farm Studios, Surrey, in August 1975, where they worked on songs for their album. Night at the opera.
Roger Taylor later confirmed that ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ was one of the songs they worked on while they were there, but four additional studios were used – Roundhouse, Sarm East Studios, Scorpio Sound and Wessex Sound Studios.
How did ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ come about?
It took three weeks to record ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, and some parts of the song reportedly contained 180 copies.
The song was ahead of its time and consisted of several parts: an introduction, part of a ballad, an opera passage, a hard rock segment, and a coda.
Brian May explained the process of technical details of how the song came about in an interview with The world of guitars 2021: “This trail has been evolving for some time. It was largely the product of Freddie’s feverish eyebrow. We knew it was something very special.
“It was recorded in pieces, as I think everyone knows. We would practice and record. We would do it until we succeeded. Various bits were put together.
“Freddie put on a vocal guide, and then we started doing all the vocal harmonies with more songs. He said he wanted a solo there, and I said I would like to effectively sing the verse on guitar.
Watch the official music video for ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ below:
Speaking about his famous guitar solo, Brian May said, “I could hear this tune and had no idea where it was coming from.
“That melody isn’t anywhere else in the song, but it’s on a familiar string of chords … the job of the guitar solo is to bring in that extra voice, but then it’s a connection to what everyone now calls the ‘opera part’. You know you’re doing something completely different. . ”
Why was ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ so controversial?
When the band wanted to release ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ in 1975, music executives told Queen that after 5 minutes and 55 seconds the song would never be played on the radio and would not be a hit.
However, Queen provided the footage Smooth Radionursing station Capital FM,, where DJ Kenny Everett teased parts of the song for listeners until they demanded to hear the whole thing, which culminated with the release of the song in a full 14 times in two days.
DJ Paul Drew, who ran RKO General Stations in the states, heard the song on Capital FM and began playing the record on his show, culminating in fans advocating for its release as a single.
Danny Baker later reflected that “it was a strange situation when he worked on both sides of the Atlantic breaking a record that record labels said would never go on the air!”
When was “Bohemian Rhapsody” published and was it sold in many copies?
‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ was released in October 1975 and became Christmas number one that year after being in first place for nine weeks.
The track also returned to first place after the death of Freddie Mercury in November 1991 and remained there for five weeks, achieving a record second Christmas number one.
2018 after the release of the film Bohemian Rhapsody, the song found itself on the charts again for an incredible 26 years after being among the top 40 for the last time.
Six million copies of the song have been reported to have sold worldwide, and in 2018 the song became the most streamed song of the 20th century after being downloaded or streamed more than 1.6 billion times.
Who handled “Bohemian Rhapsody?”
Numerous bands and artists over the years have given their creative views on ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, however some stand out above others.
Elaine Paige specifically covered the song on her 1988 tribute album Queen album to great acclaim.
In 1993, various British celebrities made their own parody of the song for Comic Relief, and Kanye West gave his own performance on the track during his famous performance in Glastonbury in 2015.
Elton John, Axl Rose and Queen held a stunning performance of the hit at the 1992 Freddie Mercury Tribunal concert, which experienced Little dancer the singer took the piano and gave a moving rendition of the song to Freddie’s memory.
But perhaps most touching – and ironically – of all is the time when the unknown Adam Lambert sang ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ in his first ever American Idol at an audition, before becoming the Queen’s official frontman two years later.