Wednesday, November 23, 2011

This day in music - November 23, 1975: Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" begins a nine-week run at No. 1 on the UK singles charts

By Richard K. Barry 

"Bohemian Rhapsody" was written by Freddie Mercury for Queen's 1975 album A Night at the Opera. The song has no chorus, instead consisting of three main parts: a ballad segment ending with a guitar solo, an operatic passage, and a hard rock section.

By the end of January 1976, it had sold more than a million copies and reached number one again in 1991 for five weeks following Mercury's death, eventually becoming the UK's third best selling single of all time.

The promotional video that accompanied the song is considered groundbreaking as an early example of a music video. When the band wanted to release the single, some record executives suggested to them that, at 5 minutes and 55 seconds, it was too long and would never be a hit. Hah!

It's a classic rock tune. A great song. Just for the hell of it, I had to include the Wayne's World segment that makes use of it. I consider it a tribute.

(Cross-posted at Lippmann's Ghost.)

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