Peak UK Chart Position: #2 in November 1974.

Celebrating their birthdays today are:

  • Bev Bevan, Birmingham-born drummer/percussionist/vocalist (with the Move: “Blackberry Way” UK #1 in 1969; with Electric Light Orchestra: “Don’t Bring Me Down” UK #3 in 1979; with Electric Light Orchestra and Olivia Newton-John “Xanadu” UK #1 in 1980) ¬†is 72 today.
  • John Squire, Altrincham-born guitarist/vocalist (with Stone Roses: “Love Spreads” UK #2 in 1994; with Seahorses: “Love Is The Law” UK #5 in 1997) turns 54 today.
  • Billy Connolly, Glasgow-born comedian/actor/singer (“D.I.V.O.R.C.E” UK #1 in 1975) turns 74 today.

Twenty-five years ago today saw the sad death of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury. The group scored six UK number ones amongst 25 top ten hits, and Mercury achieved a posthumous number one in 1993 with the re-release of “Living On My Own”. “Bohemian Rhapsody” has the unusual achievement of being a number one across four separate years: 1975, 1976, 1991, and 1992 – spending a total of fourteen weeks at the pole position – and at total sales of 2.5 million stands third on the UK’s best selling singles list.

Here is their 1974 performance of “Killer Queen” taken from Top of the Pops.

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