Somebody to Love – Queen

THIS DAY IN MUSIC…………………………………….on January 8th of 1977 Queen went to #1 on the UK album chart with “A Day At The Races”. The album title was taken from 1937 Marx Brothers’ movie. From that LP comes the song “Somebody To Love”. Freddie Mercury wrote this. The lyrics reflect a man calling out to God, asking why he works so hard, but can’t find love. At the end of the song, he finds hope and decides he will not accept defeat. This song is sung in a gospel style, with the voices of Freddie Mercury, Brian May and Roger Taylor multitracked to sound like a choir. According to Brian May, the gospel sound was inspired by the music of Aretha Franklin. This is widely reputed to have been Freddie Mercury’s favourite song he ever wrote. Peter Hince, the head of Queen’s road crew, recalled to Mojo magazine September 2009 that “among the road crew there were songs you liked and songs you didn’t like.” He added that this was, “always one of Queen’s best. The studio version was very polished, but on-stage there was so much more guts to it.” Hince recalled the video was “filmed at Wessex Studios while they were making the A Day at the Races album.” He added: “Aesthetically, you had to have all four around the microphone, but John (Deacon) didn’t sing on the records. By his own admission he didn’t have the voice. He did sing on-stage but the crew always knew to keep the fader very low.” In October 2009 a remake by the cast of the Fox TV musical comedy Glee returned this song to #28 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #26 on the UK singles chart. The song peaked at #2 in the UK and reached the Top 20 in the US reaching #13.