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Somebody to Love is a hit song most known by the Jefferson Airplane version. It has been covered several times: The Great Society, Jefferson Airplane in 1967, Queen in 1976, and Anne Hathaway in 2004. Jefferson Airplane was an American rock band from San Francisco, a pioneer of the LSD-influenced psychedelic rock movement. ... The Great Society was a 1960s rock band featuring Grace Slick. ... Jefferson Airplane was an American rock band from San Francisco, a pioneer of the LSD-influenced psychedelic rock movement. ... Queen is a British rock band which came to popularity during the mid-1970s, and has amassed an enormous worldwide fanbase that continues to exist to this day. ... Anne Hathaway publicity photo, c. ...


Jefferson Airplane-version

Somebody to Love is a well-known and influential rock song first recorded by The Jefferson Airplane. Written by Grace Slick and her brother-in-law Darby Slick, the song first appeared on the group's 1967 album Surrealistic Pillow and was the band's first and biggest single hit. Grace Slick's driving vocal is the focal point of the song, which has a hard-rock sound, standing out among the group's more typical psychedelia. The lyrics, unusually, are in the second person, with each two-line verse setting a scene of alienation and despair, and the chorus repeating the title of the song, with slight variations: "... / Don't you need somebody to love? / Wouldn't you love somebody to love? / ..." The song later became a staple on Album Oriented Rock and Classic rock radio in the United States. Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... Grace Slick on solo album cover, released in 1999. ... See also: 1966 in music, other events of 1967, 1968 in music, 1960s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 15 - The Rolling Stones appear on The Ed Sullivan Show. ... Surrealistic Pillow is an album by American psychedelic band Jefferson Airplane, released in February of 1967 (see 1967 in music). ... Third person redirects here, but can also mean: Third Person, a New York City improvising trio A perspective (storytelling) Grammatical person, in linguistics, is deictic reference to the participant role of a referent, such as the speaker, the addressee, and others. ... Album Oriented Rock, abbreviated AOR, was originally an American FM radio format focusing on album tracks by rock music artists rather than singles releases. ... Classic rock was originally conceived as a radio station programming format which evolved from the album oriented rock (AOR) format in the mid-1980s. ...


Queen-version

Somebody to Love is a Queen song written by Freddie Mercury, and released on the 1976 album A Day at the Races. Like its predecessor album's major hit, Bohemian Rhapsody, this song has a complex layering of vocal tracks, this time based on a gospel choir arrangement. It was first single off of the album A Day at the Races. It is a rock ballad, on which band members Freddie Mercury, Brian May and Roger Taylor mulitracked their voices to create the impression of a 100-voice gospel choir. The lyrics, especially combined with the gospel influence, create a song about faith, desperation and soul-searching; the singer questions both the lack of love experienced in his life and the role and existence of God. Staying true to Queen's guitar-driven style, it was also filled with intricate harmony parts and a solo by group guitarist Brian May, and it went to number 11 on the U.S. singles chart and number 2 on the U.K. charts. At the 1992 Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert, the song was performed to great critical acclaim by George Michael and this was later rereleased in 1993 as the lead track of an EP called Five Live which went to #1 in the UK. Freddie Mercury (September 5, 1946 – November 24, 1991) was a British Asian singer and songwriter for the English rock band, Queen. ... See also: 1975 in music, other events of 1976, 1977 in music, 1970s in music and the list of years in music // Events January-February January 7 - Kenneth Moss, a former record company executive, is sentenced to 120 days in the Los Angeles County Jail and four years probation for... A Day at the Races is a rock album by British band Queen originally released in 1976. ... Bohemian Rhapsody is a song written by Freddie Mercury and originally recorded by the band Queen for their 1975 album A Night at the Opera. ... Freddie Mercury (September 5, 1946 – November 24, 1991) was a British Asian singer and songwriter for the English rock band, Queen. ... Brian May with The Red Special Brian Harold May CBE (born 19 July 1947 in Hampton, London, England) became famous in the 1970s and 1980s as the guitarist of the rock group Queen and composed many of their hits, including We Will Rock You, Hammer to Fall, Tie Your Mother... Roger Meddows-Taylor, a. ... Brian May with The Red Special Brian Harold May CBE (born 19 July 1947 in Hampton, London, England) became famous in the 1970s and 1980s as the guitarist of the rock group Queen and composed many of their hits, including We Will Rock You, Hammer to Fall, Tie Your Mother... Freddie Mercury (September 5, 1946 – November 24, 1991) was a British Asian singer and songwriter for the English rock band, Queen. ... George Michael performing at Live 8 George Michael (born June 25, 1963) is an English-Cypriot pop singer/songwriter. ... An extended play or EP, is the name given to vinyl records or CDs which are too long to be called singles but too short to qualify as albums. ...


Anne Hathaway-version

  • Somebody to Love was covered by Anne Hathaway for the Ella Enchanted soundtrack.

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How to Love Somebody - wikiHow (724 words)
Remember that love should be based on a healthy friendship first.
The moment that you realize you love someone may be at a party, during a fight, or during a kiss you are having with them.
Love is supposed to be comforting, not something agonizing.
Somebody to Love - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (415 words)
Somebody to Love is a well-known and influential rock song first recorded by The Jefferson Airplane.
Somebody to Love is a Queen song written by Freddie Mercury, and released on the 1976 album A Day at the Races.
Somebody to Love was covered by Anne Hathaway for the Ella Enchanted soundtrack.
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