Bohemian Rhapsody: QUEEN

Australian Charts:
Bohemian Rhapsody entered the Kent Music Report on 19 January 1976 and was a #1 hit. It was the #5 song in the Top 100 of 1976.

The song is on A Night at the Opera which entered the Kent Music Report album charts on 12 January 1976. It reached #1 on 15 March 1976 and stayed on top for 2 weeks.

Freddie Mercury

Roy Thomas Baker, Queen

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BONUS CLIP BELOWBohemian Rhapsody in Klingon!

According to Mercury’s friend Chris Smith (a keyboard player in Smile), Mercury first started developing Bohemian Rhapsody in the late 1960s; Mercury used to play parts of songs he was writing at the time on the piano, and one of his pieces, known simply as The Cowboy Song, contained lyrics that ended up in the completed version produced years later, in 1975, specifically, “Mama … just killed a man.”
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Freddie Mercury wrote the lyrics, and there has been a lot of speculation as to their meaning. Many of the words appear in the Qu’ran. “Bismillah” is one of these and it literally means “In the name of Allah.” The word “Scaramouch” means “A stock character that appears as a boastful coward.” “Beelzebub” is one of the many names given to The Devil. Mercury’s parents were deeply involved in Zoroastrianism, and these Arabic words do have a meaning in that religion.
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Bohemian Rhapsody – “original Klingon version” by the Qapla’ Band Players. Produced by Rusty Matyas.

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