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You’re My Best Friend’ by Queen peaked at #16 on the USA charts

31 July 1976 – ‘You’re My Best Friend’ by Queen peaked at #16 on the USA charts 🇺🇸

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

This song was actually written using an electric piano, a Wurlitzer, and when John was wanting to incorporate the instrument with his lyrics. Freddie, did not want to play it, he said, “I refuse to play that damn thing. Why play that horrible, tiny thing 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. ‘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

“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 is…” ♥️
(David Ellefson, Bassist for Megadeath)

I really love the last quote and it’s absolutely true!

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The more and more I worked for Queen and got an opportunity to be around Freddie Mercury

The more and more I worked for Queen and got an opportunity to be around Freddie Mercury

“The more and more I worked for Queen and got an opportunity to be around Freddie Mercury, it just became an extraordinary thing for me. I didn’t know it prior to finishing the tour, but it ended up being , musically, the best tour that I had ever been on. I mean, The Rolling Stones tour was awesome, but the Queen tour was so incredible theatrically, music-wise, and vocally, and the light show was second to none. It was like some kind of….I don’t know, I don’t even have the right words for it. Every time I try to come up with the right words for what a Queen show was like, my vocabulary fails me. I can’t do it.

All I can tell you is, if you ever had a chance to see a Queen show back in the day, then you had an opportunity to see something very special, because Freddie Mercury is an incredible vocalist and an incredible showman. He could take a crowd in the palm of his hands and make them do whatever. We’d have shows where he’d be singing and people would be crying.

I said it then, and I’ll say it now, if there are five people who can sing and perform better than Freddie Mercury could, show them to me. As a matter of fact, if there’s even one, I’d be surprised, because when it came to singing, performing, and theatrics-the whole shebang-he was just incredible!”

Victor “Vic” Robinson – “Never Say Never”

Personal Security Detail for Freddie Mercury during the 1982 “Hot Space North American Tour”

July 1986 – Freddie shopping with Mary and entourage

July 1986 – Freddie shopping with Mary and entourage

July 1986 – Freddie shopping with Mary and entourage

“It was funny to see how things really go. We organised a trip to Szentendre for Freddie in the greatest secrecy. We went there by three cars: I was in one with Freddie and two friends of mine, who offered to guide him through the antique shops, while there were guards in the other two.

We arrived to Szentendre with three enormous black vehicles. We needed fifteen people to go anywhere with him, so we entered the antiques shops in a small crowd. The news spread with light speed in the town.

By the time we exited the shop, there were at least three hundred fans outside waiting for Freddie, who gave a few autographs. This happened 3 or 4 times until the end of our visit: there was a great excitement around him, although he just went to buy some relics.

However, he came with me to the Great Market, he disguised himself with a baseball cap only and nobody recognised him; and he was just looking around, acting like any other tourists.”

László Hegedűs

He organized the event

Source: Hungarian Daily News

Freddie Mercury died of AIDS on November 24, 1991. With Innuendo, the Queen frontman ensured a farewell in style.

Freddie Mercury died of AIDS on November 24, 1991. With Innuendo, the Queen frontman ensured a farewell in style.

Freddie Mercury died of AIDS on November 24, 1991. With Innuendo, the Queen frontman ensured a farewell in style.

“I don’t want people to buy my music out of pity,” Freddie Mercury once told the other members of Queen. The legendary singer is diagnosed with AIDS in 1987, but decides to keep that news hidden from the general public for as long as possible.

However, the rumors about Mercury’s health become more and more persistent, especially when Queen does not announce any new performances after their last show in August 1986. That does not happen after the release of the album The Miracle in 1989. In an interview at the time of the release, the singer stated that he wanted to break with the regular routine of releasing a record, followed by a tour, followed by another plate.

BRIT Awards

Although Mercury would no longer perform with Queen, he appears in public one last time. In 1990 Queen received a BRIT Award for their ‘Outstanding contribution to British music’. An emaciated Mercury, dressed in a plain gray suit, stands on stage with the other members of the band as Brian May speaks. The singer only utters three words at the end of the ceremony: “Thank you… goodnight.”

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Who Wants to Live Forever? Remembering Freddie Mercury 31 years on from the Queen icon’s death..

Who Wants to Live Forever? Remembering Freddie Mercury 31 years on from the Queen icon’s death..

On 24 November 1991, the world lost one of the greatest rock singers of all time: Freddie Mercury.

The Queen frontman was only 45 years old when he died due to complications from HIV, leaving Queen fans and music lovers in mourning.

Known for his energetic performances, flamboyant costumes and powerful voice, Freddie remains an icon to this day.

Read on to find on to learn all about this rock legend…

We’ll never forget you Freddie…

By 1970, the members of Queen were ready to unleash their songs onto the world. Their self-titled debut album was released in 1973, and included their first single ‘Keep Yourself Alive’. During a radio interview in 1977, the band’s guitarist, Brian May, said that he had written the lyrics for the song, but that his idea changed completely when Mercury lent his voice.

Crazy Little Thing Called Love’ Queen’s first number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, although it did not reach the top spot in the UK. The 1979 single, written by Freddie himself, remained at the top of the US charts for four consecutive weeks. In recent years, several music stars, such as Michael Bublé and Maroon 5, have covered the famous song.

By the early 80s, Freddie and the rest of Queen were already rock megastars across most of the planet, so they embarked on a South American tour called The Game in 1981. In Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Mercury and fellow Queen members gave a concert to a 250,000 people crowd, setting a new world record at the time for the biggest paying audience at the time.

Perhaps the most fondly remembered Freddie Mercury concert performance took place during 1985’s charity gig Live Aid at Wembley Stadium, London. In 2005, Queen’s 21-minute live performance was voted as the greatest in rock history by a group of 60 people consisting of music stars, prominent figures within the music industry and journalists.

Perhaps the most fondly remembered Freddie Mercury concert performance took place during 1985’s charity gig Live Aid at Wembley Stadium, London. In 2005, Queen’s 21-minute live performance was voted as the greatest in rock history by a group of 60 people consisting of music stars, prominent figures within the music industry and journalists.

The Hollywood blockbuster ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ was released in 2018, detailing Freddie’s private life and work and helped introduce a new generation to the legend that is Freddie Mercury. Freddie Mercury was excellently portrayed by Rami Malek and the movie won four Academy Awards for Best Actor, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing.

Queen spend five days in Budapest, Hungary

July 1986 – Queen spend five days in Budapest, Hungary 🇭🇺 They travel around the country while the cameras and fans follow them

The band will perform one of the largest concerts ever staged at the Népstadion (“People’s Stadium”) and the first Western Rock Concert behind the then Iron Curtain. It was of such significance to the Hungarian authorities and film industry that a group of the country’s top film cameramen and technicians were brought together to film it for posterity.

“Queen arrived with hydrofoil from Vienna in a very good mood. Because of the film everybody needed to be appeared, it never was hard in the case of three members.

The drummer, Roger Taylor adores auto races, they took him to Hungaroring for go karting. Brian May did hot air ballooning. Freddie Mercury went shopping to buy antiques at Szentendre. He visited Vásárcsarnok as well, but he wisely wore a baseball cap and sunglasses, so no-one recognized him.

John Deacon the bassplayer was a though nut. They could got him hardly to take a walk in front of the hotel in the Danube promenade at least. At the end, it turned out to be the cutest scene, because a british girl recognized him and they talked a bit.

John is a father of six, he keeps himself away of public by now, but then he also had a great time in the Hungarian capital.

There’s also an eyewitness, Szilvási Tamás who worked in the Intercontinental then, and he was chosen to serve the hot and cold buffet to the band who celebrated Roger’s birthday.

While Roger was eating the porterhouse steak with green pepper sauce one after another, Freddie was busy with the tape recorder, John invited Tamás out to the balcony of the presidential suite, and asked him to show where do we Hungarians keep the moon, because he can’t see it. Or there isn’t even moon in this big communist scandal? He laughed a lot, and he kindly gave autographs with the rest of the band with pleasure, onto everything the staff put in front of them.

The overall opinion was that they were kind, happy and grateful for everything. And absolute professionals. Freddie spent hours in Népstadion the day before the show to set the lights, to be perfect. He did the same with the audio of the final film material.”

Credit: Hulej Emese via Nők lapja Periodical
(Translated)

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