40 Years Ago: Queen Recorded the Song That Changed the World

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The Greatest Rock Ballad Ever Written? In 1975 the Members of 'Queen' Went into the Studio and Recorded the Song Changed the Lives of Millions

What is it about 'Bohemian Rhapsody'? So many words have been written for decades about the uniqueness of this ballad. Here's how we see it. The song, written by Freddie Mercury, is divided into 6 distinctive parts: The acapella intro, the main ballad, Brian May's amazing guitar solo, the memorable opera segment, The hard rock part and the epic outro. Divided like that, almost any music fan can easily connect to at least one part of the song. You don't even have to like 'Queen' to enjoy it. That's a writing skill that is very rare, just like Mercury himself.

- Bohemian Rhapsody

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40 years ago this week,  Mercury, Brian May, Johan Deacon and Roger Taylor entered the studio to began the recording sessions. According to Wikipedia "Recording of the song began at Rockfield Studio 1 near Monmouth on 24 August 1975, after a 3-week rehearsal in Herefordshire. During the making of the track, an additional four studios (Roundhouse, SARM (East), Scorpion, and Wessex) were used.

The vocal parts were very difficult to perform, but 'Queen', as always, made it to perfection and the members spent 10 to 12 hours a day in the vocal booth.  It's hard to believe it's been 40 years, as the song remains very relevant today. Safe to say that every day someone discovers it for the first time and falls in love. Today will be a wonderful time to play it, even if you already did a million times in your life. Click the play on the player above and fall in love again while the song plays with the Chords & Lyrics in perfect sync. Thank you Freddie, Brian, Roger and John. God bless the Queen.