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Members Of Queen

Updated on September 20, 2012

A Few Facts About Queen Members

Queen will always have a place in many people's hearts as being one of the greatest rock bands ever. Of course there are certain facts about Queen members that if you aren't an aficionado of this group you won't know about.

One fact that some people may not realize about members of Queen is that its lead singer was born Farroky Bulsara and when he started a band at the age of 12 whilst in India he chose to call himself Freddie.

As for the bands founding members Brian May and Roger Taylor they met whilst in London furthering their education. At the time of meeting Roger was training to become a dentist whilst Brian attended Imperial College London where he obtained degrees with honours for Physics and Mathematics.

Also when it comes to John Deacon although he was with the band when their first single and album was released, he actually was the fourth bass guitarist to join the band.

Freddie Mercury
Freddie Mercury

Freddie Mercury

Freddie Mercury the lead singer of the British rock band Queen will always for being very flamboyant on stage. Yet if you were to meet him in person when he was alive he was quite unassuming.

Originally from Zanzibar his parents then sent him to India where he went to school. It was whilst in India at the age of 12 he in fact formed his first band known as "The Hectics".It was also at this time he chose to become known by the name of "Freddie".

Then at the age of 17, Freddie and his family fled Zanzibar because they were concerned about their safety. Once in England he attended Isleworth Polytechnic before attending Ealing Art College where it earned his Diploma in Art and Graphic Design. Then in 1970 he met Brian May and Roger Taylor and formed the band "Queen". As well as forming the band in 1970 Freddie chose to change his surname from that of Bulsara to that of Mercury.

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Brian May
Brian May

Brian May

In 2005 Brian May lead guitarist of the English rock band Queen was given a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) for his services to music. Yet although one of the most well known guitarists today not many know that in 2007 he earned a PhD in Astrophysics from Imperial College, London.

Although Queen is the band that Brian will be best known for being a member of, before this he had formed a band previously. The first band he formed was with a guy called Tim Staffell in 1968 and was known as “Smile”. Roger Taylor who became the drummer for Queen then joined them and this band lasted until 1970. Then after this the band, which he becomes famous for, was then formed.

After the death of “Queens” leader singer in 1991 Brian May chose to complete his first solo album “Back to the Light” before then spending touring the world to promote it.

John Deacon
John Deacon

John Deacon

Although John Deacon was bass guitarist for the legendary English rock band Queen he could in fact play a number of other instruments. Plus what very few people realise also about this very unassuming guy is that helped to write some of this bands most well-known and loved songs.

John Deacon was the last person to join Queen. It was a chance meeting that lead to him auditioning for the position of bass guitarist for them after a friend introduced him to Brian May and Roger Taylor at a disco in 1971.

Following the death of the band’s lead singer in 1991, John chose to retire and spend more time with his wife and six children. He did however choose to join the band to perform once more in 1992 to play at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert and then again in 1997 when the last members of the band Queen performed “The Show Must Go On” to open the Bejart Ballet in Paris with Elton John singing lead vocals.

Roger Taylor
Roger Taylor

Roger Taylor

Although Roger Taylor is recognized as being the drummer for the rock band Queen he is able to play several other instruments. Throughout the 1970’s and 1980’s he was considered to be one of the most influential drummers at this time because of the very unique and big sound he made when playing the drums.

Yet he wasn’t only a drummer he also provided backing vocals on many of the band’s songs as well as helping to write some of them. The songs that he is attributed with writing for the band include “A Kind of Magic”, “The Invisible Man”, “These Are The Days Of Our Lives” and of course not forgetting “Radio Ga Ga”.

Although still playing with Queen in the 1980’s, Roger chose to form his own band known as “The Cross”. In this one not only did he sing but rather than playing drums he was in fact the bands rhythm guitarist. Plus we mustn’t forget that back in 1968 he formed the band known as “Smile” with Brian May (lead guitarist of Queen) and Tim Staffell.


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      Jan 1980 

      6 years ago

      My favourite rock group, they are the best really


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