Radio DJ Kenny Everett first met Mercury in 1974 when he invited the singer on to his breakfast show on Capital London. As two of Britain’s most flamboyant, outrageous and best-loved entertainers, they shared much in common and instantly became close friends. Everett would play a major role in Queen’s early success, when, in 1975, armed with an advanced copy of the single „Bohemian Rhapsody”, Mercury went to see Everett. While privately Everett doubted any station would play the song due to its length at over 6 minutes, he said nothing to Mercury and placed the song on the turntable, and after hearing it he enthused: „forget it, it’s going to be number one for centuries.” While Capital Radio hadn’t officially accepted the song, the anarchic Everett would talk incessantly about a record he had but couldn’t play, before the song „accidentally” started playing, with Everett stating: „Oops, my finger must’ve slipped.” Capital’s switchboard was jammed with callers wanting to know when the song was going to be released – on one occasion Everett aired the song 36 times in one day.
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