Queen’s story began, when Brian May (guitar) and Roger Taylor (drums) were persuaded by a Zanzibarian student named Farrokh Bulsara (which was the real name of Freddie Mercury) to create a new rock group, under the name Queen, in 1970, in London. After their first live appearances with several bassists, Queen finally ended up to John Deacon and started recording their first songs.
Their homonymous album came out in 1973, being followed by next year’s “Queen II”, that entered at the top five of the UK charts. They toured in the USA for the first time and returned to the studio later, recording the next album “Sheer Heart Attack”, that came out in November of 1974. It peaked at the second place on the UK album chart (no. 12 in the USA), including the hit “Killer Queen”. It was the group’s first success, not only in the UK and the USA, but also in countries such as Canada, Australia, Japan and a few more.
After Queen’s world tour in 1975, the group recorded “A Night at the Opera”, which came out in November of that year. Despite its mixed reviews, the album became one of their best and topped the UK charts, peaking at the fourth position in the USA, where became three times platinum. The most separated songs were “Love of My Life” and “Bohemian Rhapsody”, which reached also the top of the charts in the UK. The latest is regarded as one of Queen’s best songs and also one of the greatest musical compositions in rock history! During 70’s, the group released another three successful albums, “A Day at the Races”, which also became no. 1 in the UK, 1977’s “News of the World” and “Jazz”, that came out one year later. Among the albums’ hits are “Somebody to Love”, the two Queens’ signature songs “We Will Rock You” and “We Are the Champions” and other.
The group played live in many places around the world and their first live album named “Live Killers” came out in 1979. The successes continued in the next decade, where Queen recorded six studio albums (including a soundtrack album), from which three reached the top of the UK charts, while 1980’s “The Game” managed to reach the first place in the USA for the first time. Queen traveled in many countries in all over the world, performing at many popular venues. One of the group’s most characteristic live appearances was at Wembley stadium in July of 1985, during the Live Aid benefit concert series. They collaborated with great artists like David Bowie and Eddie Van Halen, while their last studio album before Mercury’s death, was 1991’s “Innuendo”, being followed by 1995’s “Made in Heaven”, which contains parts from Mercury’s unreleased material.
Some of their most popular songs that were released during that period were “Another One Bites the Dust”, “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”, “Under Pressure” (with Bowie), “Radio Ga Ga”, “Innuendo”, “The Show Must Go On” - one of Queen’s most popular songs, that was written mainly by May who was inspired by Mercury’s efforts to confront his illness, while he was trying to keep on singing and performing -, “You Don’t Fool Me” and many more.
Queen continued touring with Paul Rodgers as vocalist for about five years and from 2011 the group has started a cooperation with Adam Lambert. They have received important music honors, including their induction into “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame” in 2001 and into “Songwriters Hall of Fame” two years later.