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Posted: 21 Mar 11, 13:59 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I was listening to the Hammersmith concert when this stupid question came to my mind. You must have noticed that during the beautiful rendition of ITLOTG revisited Freddie sings "it's so rrrrisky...". I remember that the first time I heard him pronouncing the R like this ("unravelling" in I'm Going Slightly Mad) I really liked it because I thought that English-speaking people found it quite difficult to produce that sound properly. Not only Freddie sang the rolling R a couple of times in studio but he would also do it quite often during concerts.

Has anyone ever wondered why he liked to pronounce the R that way?

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Posted: 21 Mar 11, 14:10 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

maybe he was showing off?


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Posted: 21 Mar 11, 14:11 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Because he was gay.


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Posted: 21 Mar 11, 14:32 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The Fairy King wrote: Because he was gay.
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Well, I know my question was nonsense but I didn't expect such a stupid reply.

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Posted: 21 Mar 11, 16:54 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

'English' people find a rolling R quite easy to pronounce. He also does one in Brighton Rock.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iv-lVAAjCj8

At 9 seconds in..

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Posted: 21 Mar 11, 17:00 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Maybe because Freddie wasn't English originally?


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Posted: 21 Mar 11, 20:37 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Please, dont forget Flick of the Wrist 'live' "Trrrouble, and/ or Double"  rolling Ds ? anyway, I think its GREAT.. thats one reason I love really love listening to their early concerts... It's just so cool...  I've been a Queen fan here in Santa Ana, Orange County, California, United States ever since 1974 , Ogre,Fairy,Nevermore,Rhye,Lap'Othe Gods, are just a few that had me hooked    ...Long Live the Queen !

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Posted: 21 Mar 11, 21:37 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Lostman wrote: Maybe because Freddie wasn't English originally? =============
Probably.

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Posted: 21 Mar 11, 21:55 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

In the same concert he says "... A numberrrrrr called Bohemian Rhapdoy" i love his double r pronunciation!


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Posted: 22 Mar 11, 03:39 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

It is because Freddie wasnt English that he could pronounce his rrrrrrs in this way.

Like most English people have trouble saying words like loch.They say it as lock,


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Posted: 22 Mar 11, 05:48 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

He' was just being flamboyant and theatrical. A showman.

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Posted: 22 Mar 11, 07:56 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

In The Invisible Man, he also pronounced Roger's name as RRRoger Taylor.

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Posted: 22 Mar 11, 08:49 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

tcc wrote: In The Invisible Man, he also pronounced Roger's name as RRRoger Taylor.
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And "prrresident of America" in Bicycle Race.

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Posted: 22 Mar 11, 11:26 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

i think it may be for affect
but also a compensatory thing...as he wasn't very good generally with the R sound


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Posted: 22 Mar 11, 22:25 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Silken wrote: tcc wrote: In The Invisible Man, he also pronounced Roger's name as RRRoger Taylor.
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And "prrresident of America" in Bicycle Race.
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And in some live versions of liar he sang "liar,liar.....Liarrrrr" and also in some introductions he said "The next song is Great King Rrrrrat" (With a maybe exagerate pronunciation of the double r in the beginning of the word "Rat")


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Posted: 23 Mar 11, 11:57 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The rolling 'R' is extremely common in the speech patterns of native Scots.