This poignant song by Queen and largely written by Brian May, is one that the band’s following will always associate with the loss of Freddy Mercury. It was the final track on their 1991 album Innuendo and refers to the efforts Freddy made to perform in the last weeks of his life as he struggled with the complications caused by AIDS. He was very ill when he recorded the song and there were doubts as to whether he could perform. The song was released as a single six weeks before he died and was in the charts twice.. Once again after his death. It was first played live in 1992 for The Freddy Mercury Tribute Concert with Elton John singing lead vocals. The Show Must Go On…..appropriate indeed.
Here is William Price King with his beautiful version of this track that means so much to Queen fans around the world.
William Price King
Earlier this week William wrote and article for a music blog that you might find very interesting as Jazz fans. http://blog.penweb.org/william-price-king/ The Art of Jazz Singing is a fascinating look at the complexities of this style of music.
William Price King is an American jazz singer, musician and composer. Originally he studied classical music and opera but over the last 30 years his style has evolved to what many refer to as the ‘sweet point’ where music and voice come together so beautifully.
His vocal mentors are two of the greatest giants in jazz, Nat King Cole and Mel Torme. His debut jazz album is called ‘Home,’ a collection of contemporary songs and whilst clearly a homage to their wonderful legacy it brings a new and refreshing complexity to the vocals that is entrancing.
William is currently in France where he performs in popular Jazz Venues in Nice and surrounding area. His album ‘Home’ is available to download and more details in the Buy Music for Christmas.
Links to website – http://www.williampriceking.com/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/WilliamPriceKing
Twitter – @wpkofficial
Regular Venue – http://cave-wilson.com/
You can find William’s performances that we feature each Wednesday in the following link
And the previous posts on the life and music of Nat King Cole, Mel Torme and Ella Fitzgerals here..