26 July 2019 – Freddie Mercury’s ‘Time Waits For No One’ is released for purchase on CD and a picture disk 7″
The original recording of the song ‘Time’, which Dave Clark co-wrote with John Christie, came out on the soundtrack for the musical of the same name, it was produced with layers of backing vocals and heavy drums.
Dave was warned about working with Freddie, he would be difficult , he was a perfectionist, but it was actually quite a marvelous experience for him. Freddie’s humour was one of the things that made working with him such a delight for Clark.
“When Freddie came into the studio and it was just Mike Moran on the piano and him,” says Clark, “it really was fantastic. Then we got into the track and we did 48 tracks of backing vocals, which had never been done in Abbey Road before. The final version was a 96-track production. Freddie plunged in full force creating a timeless epic. I loved it, Freddie loved it. It was a joint idea to make it different that way. Freddie, at that stage, liked innovative things, so that’s what we aimed to do.
July 27, 1986, Queen performed at Népstadion, Budapest “Magic Tour”
That evening, Queen gifted their fans by learning and performing a quintessential Hungarian folk song, ‘Tavaszi szél vizet áraszt’ (Spring Winds Floods water)
One of the most beautiful and well-known Hungarian folksongs is ‘Tavaszi szél vizet áraszt’ (Spring wind floods water), in which water, the source of all life, appears as the metaphor of love. It is the first song that Hungarians learn and continue to cherish, as it has become a solid part of their culture and identity.
Upon arriving in Budapest, Freddie insisted on learning the well known folk song so he could perform it at their concert.
During the acoustic set that evening, Freddie and Brian performed the traditional Hungarian song, before which Freddie admits, “Now comes the difficult bit.” Even though he’s clearly seen reading the lyrics scribed on his hand to make sure his pronunciation was as accurate as possible. The performance is magnificent and the audience are very appreciative of the gesture.
7 July 1986, Queen @ Népstadion, Budapest, Hungary “Magic Tour”
The band are making their way to the stage for an unforgettable concert that marked history!
Freddie and Joe Fanelli, his assistant (during this tour) and long time friend, are up front as well as bodyguard and chauffeur, Terri Giddings
John is following
Freddie and movies …..
Only twice in the twelve years I knew Freddie did I ever accompany him to the cinema. The first film being ‘Raiders Of The Lost Ark,’ which we saw in a movie theater in Manhattan. He was particularly amused when partway through the second half of the film; a fly crawls into the mouth of one of the actors (Freddie admired the work of the director, Steven Spielberg), a few rows in front of us, a man leapt to his feet and screamed, ‘A fly! That man jus’ ate that fly!’ Freddie was floored. He was in stitches of laughter.
The second movie we saw I should have realised was going to be a disaster. It was in Munich that a group of about ten of us including Barbara Valentin and Winnie Kirchberger went to see ‘Die Unendlicher Geshichte’ (The Never-ending Story, as it had been originally titled). The story had lasted approximately ten minutes when Freddie turned to me and said, “I’m getting out of here. This is ridiculous!”
Freddie never dreamt that even though he was seeing the film dubbed into German in Munich that it would at least not have English subtitles. I think he became extremely frustrated. Although he had a very rudimentary grasp of German, it upset him that there were obviously a good few jokes which he didn’t understand and he could see the rest of his friends laughing. Going to extremes, he might even have been a teensy bit paranoid, thinking that they might just have been laughing at him not understanding.
That apart, Freddie’s boredom threshold was so low that to sit in his seat for an hour-and-a-half watching something that bored him was an impossibility. There were very few things through which he sat all the way and, thus, he was always extremely particular about what he would go out in public to see. Generally it would only be to something where particular friends of his were involved, although on one or two occasions he specifically went to see something because he wanted to see it.
Films therefore he watched mainly on the television screen. He would never ask us to rent movies. He did have a few pre-recorded films and some which he specifically asked us to record for him from the television. Two of the most played were ‘Some Like It Hot’ and George Cukor’s ‘The Woman,’ a screenplay which he had almost memorised by heart. ‘Imitation Of Life’ with Lana Turner was a special favourite. He loved the title. Curiously apt for a man like Freddie whose own life was in so many ways merely a reflection of other people’s real lives. I can remember him on at least a couple of occasions being in tears at the end of the movie where Susan Kohner who played Juanita Moore’s errant daughter arrives too late for Juanita’s funeral and tries to jump on the white coffin in the horse-drawn carriage. Too much for a star in his own front room.
While Freddie was moved by this specific scene, he never lost sight of the fact that he was being successfully manipulated by the director and the writers.
‘An Intimate Memoir’ Freddie Mercury
19 July 1993 – Freddie Mercury’s “Living On My Own – The Re-Mixes” is released giving Freddie his first and only (albeit posthumous) number 1 hit.
The other remix (‘Egg Remix’) was commissioned for ‘Lover Of Life, Singer Of Songs: The Very Best Of Freddie Mercury Solo’ in 2006, and was also issued as a promo single.
Also in 1993 – 𝐅𝐫𝐞𝐝𝐝𝐢𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐞𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐝 𝐢𝐧 𝐦𝐞𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐚𝐦 𝐈𝐯𝐨𝐫 𝐍𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐨 𝐚𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐝 𝐟𝐨𝐫 ‘𝐋𝐢𝐯𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐎𝐧 𝐌𝐲 𝐎𝐰𝐧’ 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐈𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐇𝐢𝐭 𝐎𝐟 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐘𝐞𝐚𝐫 !
“If you listen to my song ‘Living On My Own,’ that is very me. It’s living on my own, but having fun. There’s a bit in the middle where I do my scat singing and I’m just saying that when you think about somebody like me, my lifestyle, I have to go around the world and live in hotels and that can be a very lonely life. But I chose it….I mean, you can have a whole shoal of people looking after you, but in the end they all go away and you are in a hotel room on your own….It’s a different kind of living on my own. People with my success can be lonely and can live on their own as well. I’m just saying that I’m living on my own and I’m having a boogie time! “
“The photo of me hugging Freddie while holding my hand on his chest was taken on July 13, 1988.
I was with friends outside his house when at a certain point he went out to reach the car that was waiting for him, together with Mary and Peter Straker.
I had with me a frame with a portrait that I had done of Freddie with Mary and Montserrat Caballé, so I called him ‘Freddie, I have a gift for you!’ He turned, stopped and waited while Mary and Peter got into the car.
I handed him the drawing and I almost forgot what to say when his beautiful eyes looked into mine! Believe me, those eyes were so much more beautiful and disturbing than ANY photo could show!! He waited for me to speak, but I had forgotten how to do it!! In the end I said ‘I did this for you!’ He took it and said ‘Oh lovely! Super! You have Mary there too!’ And he showed it to her through the car window and she smiled at me.
I then asked if I could take a picture with him and he replied ‘Sure!’ Then I asked Freddie ‘Do you mind if…?’ He raised his dark brows, his eyes twinkling with amusement as he replied ‘Ok.’ So I put my hand on his chest and my head on his shoulder.
I tried to describe how I felt in my ‘Tribute Fairytales Of Yesterday’ poems, but in reality the feeling was beyond words, it was beyond all things and too close to tears.
So the picture was taken and then my friends took a picture with him too. He got in the car with another ‘Thank you’ and I couldn’t stop the tears from pouring from my eyes as I waved at him.
At that point he turned to Mary who was sitting next to him to better show her the drawing and then she too returned my greeting.” (Helen, a fan)