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Freddie during “Play The Game” music video, 1980

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⁣Freddie during “Play The Game” music video, 1980
—⠀”Play the Game” is a song written by Freddie Mercury. It is the first track on the first side of their 1980 album The Game. It also appears on their Greatest Hits album. The single was a hit in the UK, reaching #14 in the charts, and in the US it peaked at #42. ⠀

The cover of the single, as well as its promotional video directed by Brian Grant, marked the first time Freddke appeared in either format with what later became his trademark moustache. Brian May did not use his trademark Red Special guitar, instead using a Fender Stratocaster replica made by Satellite. This was likely due to the risk of damage involved in the shot in which Freddie snatches the guitar from Brian, then appears to throw it back to him which was played back in reverse so that it would be easier for May to play the solo after “catching” the guitar in the video. A shot of the band in the unedited blue screen set for the video was later used for the cover of the “Another One Bites the Dust” single release.⠀

Billboard Magazine considered “Play the Game” to be a return to Queen’s traditional “epic, rather grand sound” after deviating from that sound with the rockabilly of their prior single “Crazy Little Thing Called Love.”
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The gorgeous yellow jacket made it’s debut during Queens 1986,

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Freddie Mercury spent most of the ’70s in a dazzling array of wild, low-cut leotards. He would now cut to a more straight-laced figure in a military-style jacket, albeit one with multiple gold buckles and in a bright yellow hue.
The gorgeous yellow jacket made it’s debut during Queens 1986, “Magic Tour.” It was created by Diana Moseley, Queen’s trusted costume designer. His famous yellow jacket was one of three military-style cropped coat created especially for him. The design was reportedly inspired by Spanish opera costumes and featured gold buckles, eyelets and trim. Mercury paired it with white trousers that had a red stripe down either leg, embellished with gold. The color scheme was said to be a nod to the Spanish flag, though yellow was also known as one of the singer’s favorite colors.
Moseley met Freddie Mercury in April 1985, when she provided the costumes for the music video for I Was Born to Love You.

In catalogs of Mercury’s greatest costumes, the military jacket stands out as a nod to a more commanding Freddie, a man firmly in control of his extraordinary talent and fame. He demonstrated this on stage at Wembley, too, directing tens of thousands of fans to follow his lead as he showed off his vast vocal range.
The last public record of the yellow jacket was said to be sold by auctioneers Bonhams for just over £26,000 (then about $49,000) in 2004. The closest you can get to seeing it is a bronze sculpture of Mercury in the city of Montreux, Switzerland, where the band recorded some of its most successful albums. Fans often leave yellow flowers at the site as they look up to the 10-foot statue of a man who injected the music industry with the style, charisma and flamboyance of someone who knew he was born to stardom. Mosley designed many other outfits including his waistcoat (pictures of cats are on the coat) from “These Are The Days Of Our Lives” and his costume from, “I’m Going Slightly Mad” but her most famous pieces of work remains the “Yellow Jacket.”

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