Freddie MERCURY: The Great pretender 7″ UK. Great A side (a cover) + B side “Exercises In Free Love”. Check videos of this great cover


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Mercury released several singles, including his own version of the hit The Great Pretender by The Platters, which debuted at number five in the UK in 1987.
“The Great Pretender” is a popular song recorded by The Platters, with Tony Williams on lead vocals, and released as a single in November 1955.
The song was repopularized in 1987 by Freddie Mercury, the lead singer of the rock band Queen. Mercury’s version reached No. 4 in the UK Singles Chart. In one of his last videotaped interviews in spring of 1987, Mercury explained that the song was particularly fitting for the way he saw his career and being on stage.

Mercury’s music video for the song featured him parodying himself in many of his Queen guises through video medium over the years, including visual re-takes of “Radio Ga Ga”, “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”, “It’s a Hard Life”, “I Want to Break Free”, “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “One Vision”, and “I Was Born to Love You”. It was directed by David Mallet in February 1987, and also featured fellow Queen member Roger Taylor and actor Peter Straker in drag. The video was also notable for Mercury having shaved off his trademark moustache, which he had sported for much of the 1980s.
Wit Studio’s original anime television series “Great Pretender” uses this version as its ending theme.

Chart (1987-1993) Peak position
Australia (Kent Music Report) 54
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) 26
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 6
France (SNEP) 13
Germany (Official German Charts) 26
Ireland (IRMA) 2
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 9
Netherlands (Single Top 100) 11
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 5
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 4
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 15
UK Singles (OCC) 4


Freddie MERCURY: The Great pretender 7" UK. Great A side (a cover) + B side Exercises In Free Love. Check cover

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