Queen

Stephanie Wendt, 4th period

Queen are a British rock group formed in 1970. Members were Freddie Mercury (Vocals and Piano), Brian May (Guitar, Vocals), Roger Taylor (Drums, Vocals), and John Deacon (Bass Guitar, Vocals). Before forming into Queen, Brian May and Roger Taylor had played together in a band named Smile. Freddie Mercury was a fan of Smile and encouraged them to experiment with more elaborate stage and recording techniques. He then joined the band in 1970, suggested "Queen" as a new band name, and adopted his familiar stage name. John Deacon was also recruited to complete the line-up.

Their release of the album "A Night at the Opera" in 1975, brought them international success. They entered the mainstream with the album's track "Bohemian Rhapsody", which stayed at number one in the UK for nine weeks and popularised the music video. Their 1977 album, News of the World, contained "We Will Rock You" and "We Are the Champions", which also have become anthems at sporting events. In 1991, while embracing their success and their fans, Mercury died of bronchopneumonia, an AIDS-related disease. Deacon then retired in 1997. After that, both Brian May and Roger Taylor returned to the state of Smile band, although they kept the "Queen" name.

By the early 1980s, Queen were one of the biggest stadium rock bands in the world. Their performance at 1985's Live Aid is ranked among the greatest in rock history by various music publications, with a 2005 industry poll ranking it the best. Queen has won an award for "Best Band of the 80s" and has a star in Hollywood. They released 16+ number 1 hits and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.
Queen - Don't Stop Me Now (Official Video)
Rock and Roll emerged as a defined musical style in the United States in the early to mid-1950s. It derived most directly from the rhythm and blues music of the 1940s, which itself developed from earlier blues, boogie boogie, jazz and swing music, and was also influenced by gospel, country and western, and traditional folk music. Rock and roll in turn provided the main basis for the music that, since the mid-1960s, has been generally known simply as rock music.


The phrase rocking and rolling originally described the movement of a ship on the ocean, but was used by the early twentieth century, both to describe a spiritual fervor and as a sexual analogy. Various gospel, blues and swing recordings used the phrase before it became used more frequently – but still intermittently – in the late 1930s and 1940s, principally on recordings and in reviews of what became known as rhythm and blues music aimed at a black audience. In 1951, Cleveland-based disc jockey Alan Freed began playing this music style while popularizing the term rock and roll to describe it.

Various recordings that date back to the 1940s have been named as the first rock and roll record, including the frequently cited 1951 song "Rocket 88", although some have felt it is too difficult to name one record. Bill Haley's "Rock Around the Clock" is often cited as the first rock and roll record to achieve significant commercial success and was joined in 1955 by a number of other records that pioneered the genre.

Top Songs

  • Bohemian Rhapsody
  • We Will Rock You
  • Don't Stop Me Now
  • Another One Bites the Dust
  • We are the Champions
  • Under Pressure
  • Somebody to Love
  • I Want to Break Free
  • Crazy Little Thing Called Love
  • I Want it All
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Timeline

1973- Queen's self-titled, first album is released

1980- The biggest year of their career as "Another one bites the dust" hits #1

1986- Queen performs their 658th and final performance at Knebworth Stadium in Britian

1991- Freddie Mercury passes away from AIDS-related causes at his home in London

2001- Queen is induced into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame