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1975: Alice Cooper falls off the stage during a concert in Vancouver, breaking six ribs.
Cher and Gregg Allman are married in a Las Vegas hotel suite.
John Lennon and Yoko Ono become parents of Sean Ono Lennon
Others born that year: Will.i.am, Fergie, Enrique Iglesias
Great bands include: Aerosmith and Wings
Great songs include: “That’s the Way I Like it”, “Slow Ride”, “Do You Know Where You’re Going
To?”
And, my favorite song for the year: Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” goes to number one, where it remains for 5 weeks of 1975 and 4 weeks of 1976.

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Ironically, the song that knocked this off the #1 chart position in the UK was “Mama Mia” by Abba. The words “Mama mia” are repeated in this in the line “Oh mama mia, mama mia, mama mia let me go.”
According to songfacts.com: You can make the case that the song title is actually a parody, and a clever one at that. There is a rhapsody by the composer Franz Liszt called “Hungarian Rhapsody,” and “Bohemia” is a kingdom that is near Hungary and was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Furthermore, “Bohemian” is an adjective for something unusual or against convention, and the song is just that.
Of course everyone remembers the “Bohemian Rhapsody” scene from Wayne’s World (1992): Inside the Mirth Mobile (Wayne and Garth’s 1976 sky-blue pacer) Wayne and Garth along with friends Alan, intoxicated Phil(“If you’re gonna spew, spew into this.”), and Terry (“I love you, man.”) cruise the streets of Chicago. Wayne pops in the cassette. They lip sync and head bang to the song.

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That same year (1992) was my first year of teaching. I was doing a home visit and from one of the houses I heard “Bohemian Rhapsody” being played perfectly on the piano. It was my 11 year old student, Cassie. She was awesome. I always wanted to get a cassette tape of her playing that.
I have been teaching my youngest daughter about classic rock. In the summer of 2011 we were boating on the Lake of the Ozarks. It was starting to get dark and we were on our way back to our resort. We started to see lightning. Joely is not a fan of storms. My way to calm her was singing: “Thunderbolt and lightning very, very frightening.” She now sings along every time it’s on the radio.

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Photo credits: http://www.australiannetworkentertainment.com eclectikrelaxation.com

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