You're My Best Friend
Queen featuring Freddie Mercury
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Ooh you make me live
Whatever this world can give to me
It's you you're all I see
Ooo you make me live now honey
Ooo you make me live

Ooh you're the best friend that I ever had
I've been with you such a long time
You're my sunshine and I want you to know
That my feelings are true
I really love you
Oh you're my best friend

Ooo you make me live

Ooh I've been wandering round
But I still come back to you
In rain or shine
You've stood by me girl
I'm happy at home
You're my best friend

Ooo you make me live
Whenever this world is cruel to me
I got you to help me forgive
Ooo you make me live now honey
Ooo you make me live

You're the first one
When things turn out bad
You know I'll never be lonely
You're my only one
And I love the things
I really love the things that you do
You're my best friend

Ooo you make me live

I'm happy at home
You're my best friend
Oh you're my best friend
Oh you're my best friend
Ooo you make me live
You you're my best friend.


EMI/Elektra (1975)

Written by John Deacon; Performed by Queen; released on the "A Night At The Opera" album

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Queen  (Rock Band)
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Queen!  Freddie Mercury!  Bohemian Rhapsody!  We are the Champions!  Live Aid performance!  Need  I say more?  (Big round of applause! Aplauso! Bravo!)

"Queen [is] an English rock band formed in 1970 in London by guitarist Brian May, lead vocalist Freddie Mercury and drummer Roger Taylor, with bassist John Deacon joining the following year. Queen rose to prominence during the 1970s and are one of Britain's most successful bands of the past three decades. The band is noted for their musical diversity, multi-layered arrangements, vocal harmonies and incorporation of audience participation into their live performances."

"...the band has been cited as an influence by many other musicians. Moreover, like their music, the collection of bands and artists that have claimed to be influenced by Queen, is diverse and span different generations, countries and genres."

"Their 1985 Live Aid performance was voted the best live music performance of all time in a BBC poll."

"All of the band's studio albums reached number one on numerous charts around the world. Since 1973, they have released fifteen studio albums, five live albums, and numerous compilation albums. According to OhmyNews, the band have sold more than 300 million copies worldwide, including more than 32.5 million in the United States alone, making them one of the world's best-selling music artists."

"Following Mercury's death and Deacon's retirement

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 in the 1990s, May and Taylor collaborated with Paul Rodgers, under the moniker Queen + Paul Rodgers."

Genre: Rock, dance/disco, glam rock, hard rock, heavy metal,pop rock, progressive rock,  psychedelic rock, country, ragtime, opera, gospel, vaudeville and folk.

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Up Close and Personal:

Freddie Mercury
(5 Sep 1946 - 24 Nov 1991)
née Farrokh Bulsara

Phenomenal!  You take our breath away!  You are missed!  We are blessed because your music will never die!

Born in Zanzibar (now Tanzania) to Indian parents and schooled in Bombay, Freddie Mercury emerged as one of the most famous British musicians, a stellar showman, of all times!

 

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Mercury was "best known as the lead singer of the rock band Queen (inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001). He is noted for his vocal abilities and for his live performances. As a songwriter, he composed many international hits, including "Bohemian Rhapsody", "Killer Queen", "Somebody to Love", "We Are the Champions" and "Crazy Little Thing Called Love". In addition to his work with Queen, he also produced several hits as a solo artist."

"Regarded as one of the greatest singers in popular music, Freddie Mercury possessed a very distinctive voice, including a recorded range of four octaves. Although his speaking voice naturally fell in the baritone range, he delivered most songs in the tenor range and, in some songs, countertenor. Biographer David Bret described his voice as "escalating within a few bars from a deep, throaty rock-growl to tender, vibrant tenor, then on to a high-pitched, almost perfect coloratura, pure and crystalline in the upper reaches." On the other hand, he would often lower the highest notes during live performances. Mercury also claimed never to have had any formal training and suffered from vocal nodules. Catalan soprano Montserrat Caballé, with whom Mercury recorded an album expressed her opinion that "the difference between Freddie and almost all the other rock stars was that he was selling the voice." "

"Mercury wrote ten out of the seventeen songs on Queen's Greatest Hits album." "The most notable aspect of his songwriting involved the wide range of different genres that he used, which included, among other styles, rockabilly, heavy metal and disco." "Compared to many popular songwriters, Mercury also tended to write musically complex material. For example, "Bohemian Rhapsody" is acyclic in structure and comprises dozens of chords. "Crazy Little Thing Called Love", on the other hand, contains only a few chords." "He wrote most of his songs on the piano and used a wide variety of different key signatures."

"Mercury, who was of Indian Parsi descent and who grew up in India, has been referred to as "Britain's first Asian pop star." "... "Time Asia named Mercury as one of the most influential Asian heroes of the past 60 years."

Genre: Rock, dance/disco, glam rock, hard rock, heavy metal,pop rock, progressive rock,  psychedelic rock, country, ragtime, opera, gospel, vaudeville and folk.

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