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20 Years Ago or
How to turn 5 digits into a song

20 years ago today, on 11 February 1990, Nelson Mandela was released from jail. Since then, he not just got the Nobel Peace Price, but also helps fighting AIDS with his 46664 campaing, named after a prisoner number he had for a long time.

There are major charity concerts in this campaign where the rest of Queen also plays regularly – often with Paul Rodgers (Tie Your Mother Down), occasionally with Katie Melua (Too Much Love Will Kill You) or Zucchero (Everybody’s Got To Learn Sometime)1 or others.

And for the appeal to call the 46664 donation number, they wrote a song that’s starting from the telephone sounds:

  1. not a Queen song []

Singles of the Day (24 Nov)

On the anniversary of Freddie Mercury‘s death (5 Sep 1946 – 24 Nov 1991): “Flash’s Theme” from the soundtrack of the film of that name, released as single on 24 Nov 1980, and “No-One but You (Only the Good Die Young)” from 24 Nov 1997 (at least in Germany and some other countries), the song recorded by Brian, Roger and John.

» Flash’s Theme


» No-One But You

Links and Videos of the Week (2009/42)

(Something was embedded as Flash object here. Not exactly sensible anymore.)



  • A brass band playing Bohemian Rhapsody – including some funny elements (via @gillyberlin):