Song of the Day, August 14: You’re My Best Friend by Queen

QueenBestFriendToday’s song is Queen’s You’re My Best Friend from their wonderful fourth album, A Night At the Opera. Bassist John Deacon wrote the song for his wife. He was learning to play electric piano and composed the song on a Wurlitzer. Singer Freddie Mercury was famously disdainful of the instrument, proclaiming, “I refuse to play the damn thing!” As a result, Deacon turned in a rare recorded keyboard performance. He has observed,

I started to learn on the electric piano and basically that’s the song that came out, you know, when I was learning to play piano. It was written on that instrument and it sounds best on that. You know, often on the instrument that you wrote the song on.

The distinctive sound of the Wurlitzer is definitely part of the song’s charm. It’s a delightful pop tune celebrating the best aspects of a loving relationship. However Mercury felt about the keyboard line, he turned in a lovely, ebullient vocal. The result was a hit, reaching #7 in the UK and #16 in the US.

Enjoy this wonderful song today.

BONUS FACT: The song’s celebration of relationships has resonated on the small screen. Two different modern sitcoms based on the friendships of the characters — Will & Grace and Hot In Cleveland — have used the track to close out their final episodes.

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About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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