The great Freddie Mercury died 27 years ago today.
The beauty of his music will never fade.
~Classic Rock Magazine~
Farrokh Bulsara (5 September 1946 – 24 November 1991), known professionally as Freddie Mercury, was a British singer-songwriter and record producer, best known as the lead vocalist of the rock band Queen.
He was known for his flamboyant stage persona and four-octave vocal range.
Mercury wrote numerous hits for Queen, including “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “Killer Queen”, “Somebody to Love”, “Don’t Stop Me Now”, “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”, and “We Are the Champions”.
He led a solo career while performing with Queen, and occasionally served as a producer and guest musician for other artists.
Team Alicia Keys rocks out to ‘Gimme Shelter’ on ‘The Voice’ results show:
Britton Buchanan, Christiana Danielle, Jackie Foster
Tuesday night, May 1, 2018, on “The Voice,” Team Alicia Keys took a break from the competition to rock out to The Rolling Stones‘ “Gimme Shelter” during the live Top 11 results episode.
Britton Buchanan, Christiana Danielle and Jackie Foster accompanied their Grammy-winning coach Keys in an energetic rendition of the rock classic in front of the other judges and the lively studio audience.
“Gimme Shelter” was written by the Rolling Stones’ lead vocalist Mick Jagger and guitarist Keith Richards, the band’s primary songwriting team. Richards began working on the song’s signature opening riff in London whilst Jagger was away filming Performance. As released, the song begins with Richards performing a guitar intro, soon joined by Jagger’s lead vocal.
Of Let It Bleed‘s bleak world view, Jagger said in a 1995 interview with Rolling Stone magazine:
Well, it’s a very rough, very violent era. The Vietnam War. Violence on the screens, pillage and burning. And Vietnam was not war as we knew it in the conventional sense. The thing about Vietnam was that it wasn’t like World War II, and it wasn’t like Korea, and it wasn’t like the Gulf War. It was a real nasty war, and people didn’t like it.
People objected and people didn’t want to fight it …
La Santa Cecilia ‘Strawberry Fields Forever‘ Music Video Pays Tribute to Migrant Workers With Beatles Cover
On July 10, La Santa Cecilia wowed more than 1,500 Latino leaders, including first lady Michelle Obama and superstar Jennifer Lopez, with its rendition of “Strawberry Fields Forever” at the LULAC Unity Luncheon hosted by the National convention of the League of United Latin American Citizens — and they’re doing it again, but this time its online for the whole world to see.
On Aug. 4, the LA-based Mexican-American band and 2014 Grammy winner for Best Latin Rock and Alternative album for “Treinta Dias” (30 Days), continued its affection for The Beatles with the release of a music video featuring its rendition of “Strawberry Fields Forever.”
“Hoy es el gran día!! Today is the day!!
Our rendition of STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER music video is out!!!
Click it, watch it, share it, tell us what you think!!” the band wrote on its official Facebook page.
La Santa Cecilia, which is named after the patron saint of musicians, includes lead vocalist Marisol “La Marisoul” Hernandez, accordionist and requintero Jose “Pepe” Carlos, bassist Alex Bendana and percussionist Miguel Ramirez.
The bilingual band’s members are “first generation children of immigrants” as well as an “undocumented dreamer” (Carlos) — and because of this, they have become ambassadors for immigration reform using both their musical and personal platforms. Latin Post had the pleasure of meeting and seeing the band perform at the annual Pachanga Latino Music Festival in Austin, Texas.
“Strawberry Fields Forever” holds a special place in the hearts of Americans, Brits, and the world, as well as this talented, bilingual, multicultural quartet. While the band’s new music video is vibrant, adorable and animated, it has a powerful message behind it.
“We started playing the song, and one day we started leaving L.A. to play in Bakersfield and we saw the fruit fields and the strawberry fields, and listening to the song on my iPod I thought ‘Man, it connected,’ seeing all these migrant workers, working for our ‘Strawberry Fields Forever.’
It was like ‘woah,’ and you just connect a lyric.
It’s a trip how a song that was made by these four Brits turned into something that I feel connected to with migrant workers and the beauty of their work,” Hernandez said during an earlier visit to the GRAMMY Museum.
“I guess it’s a way for us to acknowledge their work and for people just to remember where all our amazing fruit comes from, and it’s so easy to grab at grocery stores, but it comes from somewhere else, and it’s good to acknowledge the people behind the scenes, no?”
Check out La Santa Cecilia’s spin on “Strawberry Field Forever.”
~Strawberry Fields Forever~
La Santa Cecilia
~~Published on Aug 4, 2014~~
Music video by La Santa Cecilia performing Strawberry Fields Forever. (C) 2014