Things we're sure about:
* Freddie wrote it on a piano that wasn't concert grand.
* Only Freddie sings during the intro.
* A white Bechstein piano (the same as the one in the video) was used for recordings.
* Sessions started off in Rockfield, Wales.
* It was recorded at Rockfield, Lansdowne, Scorpio, Sarm and The Roundhouse.
* Roger Taylor hits the top note (a soprano Bb).
* Roger plays drums, timpani and gong.
* All guitars were played by Brian May using his homemade instrument.
* All lead and backing vocals were arranged by Freddie Mercury, including parts he didn't sing.
* Bass-voice's done by Freddie Mercury.
* Working title during the Welsh sessions: Fred's Thing
Things said or implied by official (i.e. band or close to the band) or pseudo-expert sources, but which are false:
* 138 voices.
* 160 voices.
* 180 voices.
* 200 voices.
* Recorded on 16-track machine.
* Partly recorded at Wessex (or Trident, Olympic or Sarm West for that matter).
* It was originally longer, then cut down to 5:55.
* Backing track was done in bits and then pieced together (a la Black Queen
or Prophet's Song
* Done in a three-week span.
* Queen's biggest hit (commercially speaking, Bites the Dust
* The first video ever
Things said or implied by official sources, that although haven't been further confirmed, we've got no reasons to doubt about:
* The title came long after the song was written.
* The ascending 'never never never let me go' bit was brought when they were already mixing.
* Roger Taylor was the first one who thought it could be the album's lead single.
* The guitar solo was arranged by Brian May, after Mercury gave it to him as a kind of homework.
Things said or implied by official or expert sources, that could easily be true, or false, or contain both myth and truth:
* It's about Freddie's homosexuality.
* It was written at (now Mary's) Yamaha baby-grand piano which Fred'd bought in Japan earlier that year.
* The intro's reminiscent of (not necessarily equal to) a pre-Queen track titled Real Life.
* Its direct forerunner's In the Lap of the Gods, not The March of the Black Queen.
* Only Roger Taylor knows what's it about.
* Mr Everett played it 14 times in his radio programme over one weekend.
Things we could analyse further:
* How much was it influenced by 10cc?
* Speaking of 10cc... they'd already had I'm Not in Love at #1 that year. That song's with more voices than Bo Rhap and almost as long, so it probably wasn't such a huge surprise or problem for record companies.
* Which composer(s) influenced Lord Teeth for the operatic section. I suspect maybe Rossini.
John hated HS. Frederick's favourite singer was not PR. Roger didn't compose 'Innuendo.' Witness testimonies are often inaccurate. Scotland's not in England. 'Bo Rhap' hasn't got 180 voices.