24 November 2021

Freddie Mercury: 5 September 1946 — 24 November 1991

Freddie Mercury died on November 24th in 1991 at the age of 45. It was quite a loss for music. Imagine the music we missed out on over the past 30 years.

If anyone mentions him today, they will probably bring up "Bohemian Rhapsody." That is a wonderful song, but it will be done to death. I thought we could listen to another song, that also highlights his singing ability. Anyway, BR came from the 1975 album A Night at the Opera. About 1 year after that album came out, the follow-on album was released. Given what a monster A Night at the Opera was, you would expect Queen to try to match it.

This song is "You Take My Breath Away" by Queen from the 1976 album A Day at the Races. The version we have today is actually the 2014 remastered version.

If you love "Bohemian Rhapsody" you may want to check out a Rick Beato video. Episode 107 of What Makes This Song Great?

I suppose there is also a good chance that whoever doesn't mention "Bohemian Rhapsody" will bring up "We Will Rock You / We Are The Champions." I guess I think they will both be over done, as if those were the only 2 good songs by Queen.

Whenever I listen to Queen, I get bummed by the thought that Freddie Mercury died too soon. But that is true of so many artists, and not just Rock & Roll singers. Still, the music he did give us is amazing, and it is special sin to allow sorrow for the things you've lost to stop you from enjoying the things you have.


  1. Sometimes I think that the most brilliant tend to burn out very fast. In my youth it was Janis Joplin and Jimmy Hendrix

  2. Honestly, I've always hated that song.

    1. It's OK. You don't have to like everything. I hate most of what has passed as "popular music" for the past 50 years.

      "A difference of opinion makes a horse race."

      That point of view isn't accepted today. People on Twitter/F*c*book/wherever will argue about whether chocolate is better than vanilla. (Hint: only if you like chocolate.)


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