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'Somebody to Love'

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Transcript of 'Somebody to Love'

QUOTES
Since 1971
Analysis
POPULAR SONGS
'Somebody To Love' is Aretha Franklin-influenced. Freddie's very much into that. We tried to keep the track in a loose, gospel-type feel. I think it's the loosest track we've ever done.
BAND MEMBERS
'SOMEBODY TO LOVE'
Under Pressure w/ David Bowie
We are the Champions
We Will Rock You
Bohemian Rhapsody
Somebody To Love
1982
1977
1977
1976
1976
Tempo
Dynamics
Rhythm
Melody
Harmony
Pitch
Texture
Meter
Vocal Timbre

Form





Instrumentation
Call and Response
Melisma
Other Musical Facts

$0.10
Friday, November 12, 1976
Melissa Chan, Tiffani Hui, Kaitlyn Leewing, Kelly Truong, Karen Wan
'Somebody to Love'
QUEEN RELEASES SMASHING ALBUM
SOMEBODY TO LOVE BY QUEEN
Freddie Mercury
Brian May
Roger Taylor
John Deacon
Lead Vocalist
Guitarist
Drummer
Bassist
Rock
Roger Taylor - 31/01/1977, Circus Magazine
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Slow
Changes, Crescendo, Diminuendo
Polyrhythmic
Undulating
Echoing, Gospel, ooohs, repetition, 3 voices
High, Full Range
Homophonic, Polyphonic
Compound. Starts in Duple and becomes Triple
Strained, Clear, Raspy, Warm, Chesty, Throaty, Bright, Vibrato, Heavy, Resonant
Intro I
Intro II
Verse
Chrous
Verse II
Chrous
Drums, Vocals, Electric Guitar, Bass, Piano, Clapping
Between Mercury and Gospel
"Looooooooook in the mirror"
Gospel Break, Guitar Solo
A B Major
High Energy
Decoration from Mercury during bridge

Bridge
Verse III
Guitar Solo
Chrous
Verse IIII
Outro
DIET FACTS
Of the 1970's
George Michael at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert in 1993



A Day at the Races
(1976)
Other Artists
NOTABLE COVERS
Vol. 85, No. 115
REFERENCES
MLA Style
BIOGRAPHY
Who's Queen?
1967: "Smile" w/ May, Roger, Tim Staffell
Staffell -> Solo Artist
1971: "Queen"
College
1973: Tour, First Album

SOMEBODY TO LOVE
Song Info
Similar to "Bohemian Rhapsody"

Gospel influence

Love, loneliness, soul searching

Featured on television shows

Chart standings:
Billboard Hot 100 - 13th for 12 weeks
UK Charts - 2nd
- Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria (1976)
- Summer Olympics in Montreal, Canada (1976)
- Lebanese Civil War (1975-1990)
- Popular genres in the 1970s:
Disco and dance music
Progressive Rock
Punk Rock and New Wave
Funk and Soul music
- Beatles disbanded
- “The Great Inflation” began in 1972

- Floppy disk invented by Alan Shugart (1970)
- First microprocessor (1971)
- First word processor called the “Wang 1200” (1971)
- VCR/Videocassette invented (1971)
- Digital Camera by Kodak (1975)
- Cell phones and walkman invented (1979)

Glee episode “The Rhode Not Taken” 2009
TODAY
Queen's Present
Current Members: Brian May, Roger Taylor
2012, played in the Closing Ceremony of the London Olympics
Queen and Adam Lambert performed at the iHeartRadio Festival
Announced summer tour with Adam Lambert
New album titled 'Queen Forever' to be released late 2014
“GLEE - Somebody To Love (Full Performance) (Official Music Video). Online video clip. Youtube. Youtube, 9 Feb. 2014. Web 30 May. 2014.
Hochman, Steve. “Queen.” Popular Musician: Volume 3. U.S: Salem Press Inc. 1999. 672. Print.
Robertis, David. “Queen.” Rock Chronicles: Every
Larkin, Colin. “Queen.” The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music, O-S. U.S: New England Publishing Associcates. 2020 - 2021. Print.
Legend, Every Line-Up, Every Look. U.S: Firefly Books Inc. 2012. 401. Print.
Marsh, Dave. “Queen: A Day At The Races.” Rolling Stones. Jann S. Wenner. 24 Feb. 1977. Web. 30 May. 2014.
Owens, Nick., Piper, Dean. “We we rock you! Freddie Mercury back to get stadium rocking at Olympics closing ceremony.” Mirror. n.p. 11 Aug. 2012. 31 May. 2014.
Oxford, Tamsin. “7 Technologies to Thank the 1970s for.” techradar, Future US,Inc. 28 Jan. 2010. Web. 30 May. 2014.
“Popular Music of the Seventies.” The People History. n.p .n.d. Web. 30 May. 2014.
“Queen: Biography.” Rolling Stones. Jann S. Wenner. n.d. Web. 30 May. 2014.
“Queen Lyrics: “Somebody To Love.” AZLyrics. n.p. n.d. Web. 30 May. 2014.
QueenVEVO. “Queen - Somebody To Love.” Online video clip. Youtube. Youtube, 16 Sept. 2011. Web. 6 May. 2014.
Rock, Eagle. “Queen & George Michael - Somebody To Love (The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert).” Online video clip. Youtube. Youtube, 18 Sept. 2013. Web. 30 May. 2014.
Rosenberg, Jennifer. “1970s Timeline.” About.com. n.p n.d. Web. 30 May. 2014.
Sullivan, Denise. “Song Review: Queen - Somebody To Love.” AllMusic. All Media Network. n.d. Web.30 May.2014.
“The Year 1976 From The People History.” The People History. n.p.n..d. Web. 30 May. 2014.
“Timelines of Invention and Technology.” About.com. n.p. n.d. Web. 30 May. 2014.
Whiteburn, Joel. “Top 40 By Artist.” The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits. New York: Billboard Production Inc., 1985. 495 & 255. Print.
Whitehill, Gaby. “Queen + Adam Lambert Announce Massive Summer 2014 Tour.” Gigwise. n.p. 6 Mar. 2014. Web.31 May. 2014.

AUDIENCE OPINION
"...Queen's "Somebody to Love" (along with "Tie Your Mother Down") emerged as the strongest from their album A Day at the Races; it charted Top 20 in 1976.[...] The band self-produced this session and they never sounded better ."


- Denise Sullivan (All Music)
“This sometimes takes the form of grand silliness. A Day at the Races is probably meant to be the sequel to Queen's 1976 smash, A Night at the Opera, but nothing much has changed. [...] if pedestrian, ways, Queen will probably top the charts until one or the other of its leaders grows restless and spins off another version.”

- The Rolling Stones (1977)
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