Summer: Recording sessions at The Manor. Confirmed tracks partially recorded at The Manor in July 1976:
'Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy'.
'The Millionaire Waltz'.
'You Take My Breath Away'.
'Simple Man' ('White Man').
'Somebody to Love' (shorter version - probably some sections were added later).
Wednesday 1st & Thursday 2nd: Queen play two concerts in Scotland, then return to England to keep working on the album.
Friday 10th: Queen play a concert in Wales, then return to England to keep working on the album.
Saturday 18th: Free concert at the Hyde Park in London. They resume recording afterwards.
Autumn: Album completed at various London venues.
Friday 22nd: Single mixed at Sarm in London.
Tuesday 26th: Monitor mix of 'Brian's 12 String Thing' (working title for 'Long Away') at Wessex in London. Backing vocals (not necessarily the definitive ones) had already been recorded at this point.
Tuesday 2nd: 'You Take My Breath Away' copy-mix at Wessex.
Friday 5th: Compilation mixes for the album done at Wessex. Different running order at that point.
Tuesday 9th: Copy-mixes for 'Long Away', 'Drowse' (three different versions) and 'Tie Your Mother Down' at Wessex.
Friday 12th: 'Somebody to Love' / 'White Man' single released in the UK.
Tuesday 16th: 'The Millionaire Waltz' and 'You and I' copy-mixes at Wessex.
Wednesday 1st: Even though the album hasn't been released at this point, it's been pre-ordered enough times in Britain to qualify for Silver and Gold certifications for having reached the necessary monetary thresholds (£100,000 and £250,000).
Friday 10th:A Day at the Races is released in the UK.
Wednesday 29th: The album is certified Gold in the USA for having earned a million dollars in sales in that territory.
Saturday 8th January: The Official Charts Company reveals A Day at the Races was the best-selling album of that week, having overtaken Glen Campbell's 20 Golden Greats. A week later, it'd be replaced by ABBA's Arrival.
Thursday 14th November: The album is certified Platinum in the USA for having sold a million copies in that territory.
Friday 3rd November: Over three decades after having been released, 'Somebody to Love' is certified Silver in Britain after finally having accumulated 200,000 sales.
Documented Recording Venues:
Advision Studios on 23 Gosfield Street, Fitzrovia, City of Westminster, Greater London W1W 6HG, England.
The Manor in Shipton-on-Cherwell, Kidlington, Oxfordshire OX5 1JL, England.
Sound and Recording Mobiles (aka Sarm Studios) on 9 - 13 Osborne Street, Aldgate, London E1 6TD, England.
Wessex Sound Studios on 106 Highbury New Park, Islington, Greater London N5 2DR, England.
John Deacon: Electric bass, acoustic guitar.
Brian May: Lead and backing vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, acoustic and electric piano, electric harmonium.
Frederick Mercury: Lead and backing vocals, acoustic piano.
Roger Taylor: Lead and backing vocals, acoustic drums, additional percussion (gong, tambourine, timpani), electric guitar.