June 17, 1996: Queen release “Let Me Live”

06-17-1996-Let_Me_Live“Let Me Live” is a song by Queen, from the album Made in Heaven. Freddie Mercury, Roger Taylor and Brian May share lead vocals, with Mercury singing the first verse, Taylor singing the second verse & bridge, and May singing the last verse. During the choruses, all of the band members sing (except for John Deacon), as well as a background choir, giving it a gospel sound reminiscent of the band’s 1976 single “Somebody to Love”. The single reached #9 in the UK Single Charts. [Wikipedia]

Watch the video on the Queen Official YouTube Channel.

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June 17, 1937 in UK cinemas: King Solomon’s Mines

King_Solomon's_Mines-1937King Solomon’s Mines is a British adventure film directed by Robert Stevenson and starring Paul Robeson, Cedric Hardwicke, Anna Lee, John Loder and Roland Young. The first of five film adaptations of the 1885 novel of the same name by Henry Rider Haggard, the film was produced by the Gaumont British Picture Corporation at Lime Grove Studios in Shepherd’s Bush. Sets were designed by art director Alfred Junge. Although versions of King Solomon’s Mines were released in 1950 and 1985, this film offering is considered to be the most faithful to the book. [Wikipedia]

Fortune hunter Patrick O’Brien (Arthur Sinclair) has left his daughter Kathy (Lee) and guide Umbopa (Robeson) to trek across the desert in hopes of finding the fabled diamond mines of Solomon. WorriedCinema-UK-06-17-1937 about her father, Kathy persuades hunter Allan Quartermain (Hardwicke) to lead a party to rescue him. After surviving the desert they are found by natives and brought to their chief, Twala (Robert Adams). Umbopa reveals himself to be the true heir to the tribal throne, having been exiled years earlier by Twala and the tribal witch, Gagool (Sydney Fairbrother). Quartermain’s only hope to gain access to the mines and the possible rescue of O’Brien is to try to help Umbopa regain his rightful place as chief. [IMDB]

June 17, 1977 in US cinemas: Rollercoaster

“Somewhere in the crowd is a killer who can turn their smiles into screams.”

In a series of amusement parks, something deadly is happening. Rollercoasters are flying off their tracks, and people are dying. It soon becomes apparent that these are not a series of coincidences, but the work of a psychopathic extortionist who is placing explosives on the tracks. The FBI is called in to investigate and traces the crimes to a young man. But even after the man gets his ransom, he plans to blow up another rollercoaster…this one at a well-known park in California. Will the FBI be able to arrest him before he can carry out his murderous plan…or will another rollercoaster go off the rails? [IMDB]

Rollercoaster-1977Rollercoaster is an American disaster-suspense film starring George Segal, Richard Widmark, Henry Fonda and Timothy Bottoms, and directed by James Goldstone. It was one of the few films to be shown in Sensurround, which caused audience seats to vibrate during certain periods during the “thrill scenes” on the rides.

This was the third film to be presented in Sensurround. Special low-frequency bass speakers were used during the roller coaster sequences. Sensurround was employed in only three other films released by Universal: Earthquake (1974), Midway (1977), and the theatrical version of Battlestar Galactica (1978).

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The film features an appearance by the band Sparks for the roller coaster’s opening concert, playing the songs “Fill ‘Er Up” and “Big Boy” from their 1975 album Big Beat. This appearance was rumored to have been offered to Kiss who turned it down. Sparks later cited their appearance in the film when asked about the biggest regret of their career. [Wikipedia]

Watch the trailer on the Shout! Factory YouTube Channel.

June 17, 1957 in UK cinemas: Quatermass 2

A horrible enemy from the unknown strikes terror across the earth!”

Quatermass_2-1957Quatermass 2 (a.k.a. Enemy From Space in the United States) is a black-and-white British science fiction horror film from Hammer Film Productions, produced by Anthony Hinds, directed by Val Guest, that stars Brian Donlevy, and co-stars John Longden, Sid James, Bryan Forbes, Vera Day, and William Franklyn. Quatermass 2 is a sequel to Hammer’s earlier film The Quatermass Xperiment (1955). Like its predecessor, it is based on the BBC Television serial Quatermass II written by Nigel Kneale. Brian Donlevy reprises his role as the eponymous Professor Bernard Quatermass, making him the only actor to twice play the character on the silver screen.

The storyline concerns Quatermass’s investigation of reports of hundreds of meteorites Cinema-UK-06-17-1957landing only in the Winnerden Flats area of the UK. His inquiries lead him to a huge industrial complex, strikingly similar to his own plans for a moon colony. This top-secret facility is in fact the centre of a conspiracy involving the alien infiltration of the highest echelons of the British Government. Quatermass and his allies must now do whatever is necessary to defeat the alien threat before it is too late. [Wikipedia]

Watch the trailer on the Hammer YouTube Channel.