Somebody to Love entered the Kent Music Report on 29 November 1976 and peaked at #15. It was the #72 song in the Top 100 of 1977.
The song is on A Day at the Races which entered the Kent Music Report album charts on 25 October 1976 and peaked at #8.
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Somebody to Love is the hit single of the album A Day at the Races. Written by Mercury, the song was inspired by gospel music, especially that of Aretha Franklin, and Mercury, May and Roger Taylor multi-tracked their voices to achieve the impression of a 100-voice gospel choir.
Like Bohemian Rhapsody, the major hit from Queen’s previous album, this song has a complex layering of vocal tracks, this time based on a gospel choir arrangement.
Staying true to Queen’s guitar-driven style, it was also filled with intricate harmony parts and a solo by May. Mercury recorded a wide range of notes, going from a A♭2 (in the last choral verse) to a falsetto A♭5 (at the peak of his melisma on “ooh” over the choir break).
Read more: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Somebody_to_Love_(Queen_song)
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