Queen Issue ‘Somebody to Love’ (Official Lyric Video)

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The picture sleeve of the U.K. single

By 1976, Queen were bona fide rock stars, developing a fast-growing fan base based on their first four albums and steady touring. In less than two-and-a-half years, they had released Queen (1973), Queen II (1974), Sheer Heart Attack (1974) and A Night at the Opera (1975) and their success was evident by their upward progress on the album sales charts. In the U.K., the pattern was 24-5-2-1. In the larger U.S. market: 83-49-12-4.

When it came time to record a fifth studio LP, they chose to produce it themselves. The result was A Day at the Races, their second album named for a Marx Brothers movie. Four weeks before its December 10, 1976 release, Queen put out the first single, “Somebody to Love” featuring a (no-surprise!) stunning vocal from Freddie Mercury, on November 12, and in three weeks it reached its U.K. chart peak of #2.

Top 40 radio programmers in the U.S. were still a bit slow on fully accepting Queen. A year earlier, the band’s classic rock masterpiece, “Bohemian Rhapsody,” had peaked at #9 and “Somebody to Love” would get to only #13 in America.

As for A Day at the Races, the album became Queen’s second consecutive title to reach #1 in the U.K. It hit #5 in the U.S.

Queen released the official lyric video for the song on May 8, 2017 and, like the song’s official video which has garnered more than 64 million views since it was released in 2013, it features terrific studio footage of a band hitting their stride. This time, though, you can sing along karaoke style!

Watch and sing along to “Somebody to Love”…

Now billed as Queen + Adam Lambert, the group begin a six-week North American arena tour on June 23. Tickets are available here and here. This fall, they’ll tour Europe, the U.K. and Ireland beginning November 1.

The tour will showcase what they describe as “a spectacular new stage production” and a set list that the band hints will provide some surprises. “We’re planning on doing stuff we either haven’t done before or haven’t done for a long time,” says drummer and co-founder Roger Taylor.

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