What "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "Hey Jude" - classic hits by Queen and The Beatles - have in common
Sometimes even the most far-flung songs have something in common - you could say they're connected by a thin, but still one thread. And when listening to it, none of the music lovers would even think of such a thing! It's really strange to look for something in common between classic hits "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "Hey Jude."don't you think? And yet, there's something between them.
And no, it's not about them being performed by Brits, or plagiarism or anything like that. This is all more prosaicallyit only takes a little bit of history...
Background: a bit about the songs
Probably the people who you wouldn't have heard "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen and "Hey Jude" by The Beatles, just don't exist! Both songs are already greatest classicthat listeners encounter from time to time, even reluctantly, on the radio or in the cinema for example.
"Bohemian Rhapsody" The song has long been a trademark of its performers, in particular Freddie Mercury, who is sadly no longer with us. It literally "blew up" the Live Aid charity festival in 1985, gave the title to the film with Rami Malek as Mercury, and the music video for it gained a colossal following 1.5bn views! But initially the record company did not want to release the future hit single, and actively insisted on its reduction. Luckily, Freddie was a man of great willpower and sultry character! And he did everything in his power to get the song released in its original form....
"Bohemian Rhapsody" is a unique song, both in its sound, in which rock and opera are fused together, and in its lyrical content. Its true meaning is unknown to this day, and considering that its author is no longer with us, we will never know it. But that's even for the better. After all, in Freddie's view, music has always been a universal medium in which each listener saw something different... But about the point of the Beatles' "Hey Jude" has been known for a long time: Sir Paul McCartney dedicated a poignant lyric To Julian., John Lennon's son, who at the time was a young child going through his parents' divorce.....
"Hey Jude" was a precious diamond in the Beatles' repertoire that held the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for an entire 9 weeks! And as we can judge - the composition has also stood the test of time. But let's get back to the main question: what can these songs have in common? general? Because they are so different: in sound, in lyrics, in time frame after all ....
Trident Studios, or the mystery of an extraordinary connection
Perhaps you've come across articles before where "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "Hey Jude" were somehow inexplicably placed together, as if they had something in common? Well, it's true. And the mystery of their extraordinary connection lies in... Trident Studios.
Even though the songs came out almost 10 years apart, there's something that really connects them. And that's the piano Bechstein in London's Trident Studios! Paul McCartney first used this instrument for "Hey Jude", and many years later Freddie Mercury sat at it... Interesting fact: the piano was bought by the studio only in 1986. Before that it was simply rented. However, it has nothing to do with our story.
One last thing
It's a curious fact, but Trident Studios was the Beatles' second favourite studio after the legendary Abbey Road, of course. Trident was not even a couple of months old, but it was already famous for having the only 8-track recording machine in the entire United Kingdom! This fact made the place immediately popular with musicians. And before Queen started working on "Bohemian Rhapsody", the studio had already hosted such legends as David Bowie and Elton John!
Speaking of another connection, now between Queen and the Beatles- at the aforementioned Live Aid 1985 Freddie Mercury and Paul McCartney. performed on the same stage! It's about the very moment when they teamed up with other musicians to perform the charity anthem "Do They Know It's Christmas?".