Queen (band)

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Queen performing in Connecticut in 1977
Background information
Origin London, England
Genres Rock
Years active


  • 1970–91: Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor, and John Deacon
  • 1991–97: Brian May, Roger Taylor, and John Deacon
  • 1997–present: Brian May, and Roger Taylor, and a different lead singer and bassist.
Associated acts
Website QueenOnline.com
  • Brian May
  • Roger Taylor
Past members
  • Freddie Mercury
  • John Deacon

Queen are an English rock band formed in London in 1970, and are one of the most commercially successful musical acts of all time. The band members were Freddie Mercury (vocals, piano), Brian May (guitar), Roger Taylor (drums), and John Deacon (bass).

Freddie Mercury died of an AIDS-related illness on November 24, 1991.[2] In 1997 John Deacon retired to spend more time with his family. The other two former members toured with Paul Rodgers from 2005 to 2009. Three of their biggest hits were "We Will Rock You", "We Are the Champions" and "Bohemian Rhapsody".

Queen were put in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.[3]

Formation[change | change source]

In 1968, Brian May was at college. He decided to make a band and teamed up with two other college students called Tim Staffell and Roger Taylor. They called themselves "Smile" with Roger Taylor on drums and vocals, Tim Staffell on vocals and bass and Brian May on guitar and vocals. They did a few hits such as "April Lady". Tim Staffell became friends with another college student, Farrokh Bulsara (to be later known as Freddie Mercury) and Farrokh became a big fan of "Smile" and encouraged them a lot. Later on, Tim left "Smile" to join "Humpy Bong" and Farrokh Bulsara subsequently joined the band on vocals and piano. Then Farrokh came up with the name "Queen", so they changed it from "Smile" to "Queen. They then started auditions for a new bassist. None of the auditioners managed to suit the place of the new bassist, but finally in 1971, they settled on John Deacon. Queen's first album was released in 1973 and it was called "Queen" with songs such as "Seven Seas Of Rhye" and "Liar". Farrokh Bulsara changed his name to Freddie Mercury after the lyrics "Mother Mercury, look what they've done to me" in "My Fairy King".

Personnel[change | change source]

Album Hits[change | change source]

  • Queen – Keep Yourself Alive – 1973
  • Queen II – Seven Seas of Rhye – 1974
  • Sheer Heart Attack – Killer Queen – 1974
  • A Night at The Opera – Bohemian Rhapsody, You're My Best Friend – 1975
  • A Day at the Races – Somebody to Love, Tie Your Mother Down – 1976
  • News of the World – We Are The Champions/ We Will Rock You (Double A side single) – 1977
  • Jazz – Bicycle Race/ Fat Bottomed Girls (Double A side single), Don't Stop Me Now – 1978
  • The Game – Another One Bites the Dust, Crazy Little Thing Called Love – 1980
  • Flash Gordon – Flash's Theme – 1980
  • Hot Space – Under Pressure – 1982
  • The Works – Radio Ga Ga, I Want To Break Free, Hammer To Fall – 1984
  • A Kind of Magic – One Vision, A Kind of Magic, Who Wants to Live Forever – 1986
  • The Miracle – I Want It All – 1989
  • Innuendo – The Show Must Go On, These Are the Days of Our Lives – 1991
  • Made in Heaven – Heaven For Everyone – 1995

Studio albums[change | change source]

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