Larry Lurex

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Larry Lurex
Origin London, England
Genres Pop rock
Years active 1973
Labels EMI

Larry Lurex was an artist name used by Freddie Mercury for a musical project by Trident Studios’ house engineer Robin Geoffrey Cable, in 1972.

The name is a pun on the stage name of glam rock star Gary Glitter and the metallic yarn Lurex.

Cable was experimenting with re-creating the "Wall of Sound" style favoured by Phil Spector. He recorded cover versions of the following two songs:

Cable enlisted singer Freddie Mercury from the band Queen to perform lead vocals on these tracks. (Queen were recording their debut album in Trident Studios at the time.) Mercury in turn suggested bringing his band-mates Brian May and Roger Taylor to add guitar, percussion and backing vocals to the recordings.

The tracks were released as a 7" vinyl single on EMI in 1973 (catalogue number EMI 2030); it did not chart in the UK, but it did manage to hit No. 115 on the US Bubbling Under The Hot 100 chart. This pre-dated the release of the first Queen album. They have subsequently been included on the 1995 Italian bootleg Queen In Nuce and the Freddie Mercury solo compilation albums The Solo Collection, Lover of Life, Singer of Songs, and Messenger of the Gods: The Singles Collection.

Part of the song "Goin' Back" was used on the track "Mother Love" on the final Queen album Made in Heaven.

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