Brian May and Roger Taylor before Queen: what it was like

Today our article is about the history of the formation of Queen. What did the members do before they formed the band, and what does «Smile» have to do with it? Let's find out!

Queen: introduction of the members and the beginning of the group's history

History of the creation of each musical group unique. It often happens that the brightest and most important members come to the band at the last moment, but this does not prevent them from taking a big part in the further fate of the band. Such was the case with the main rock quartet of Great Britain - Queen.

This article will talk about how the beginning of history of the great band and what the band members were doing to its foundations.

How did May meet Taylor?

Brian May and Roger Taylor. 1969
Brian May and Roger Taylor. 1969

Back in the late '60s Brian May wanted to create a musical band. The young man began his journey into the world of music by making his own guitar with his father, and later his desire for music only grew stronger. His dream began to come true when he met the vocalist Tim StaffellaHe was the first guitarist to form a band called 1984. In 1968 the young guitarist decides to about leavingto find a group with more original ideas.

The first lineup of the band Smile
The first lineup of the band Smile

In the future, the formation of Smilethe band was a band with Brian May on guitar, Tim Staffell on bass, and Krist Smith on keyboards. But the band lacked a drummer, so May put up ad at his college about finding a drummer familiar with the work of Mitch Mitchell and Ginger Baker. A dental student came in to audition Roger Taylorthe team members were impressed by his play and accepted him into the team without hesitation.

«Smile», which was the forerunner of Queen

Smile in 1970
Smile in 1970

A year into the band's existence, the keyboardist leaves, and at the same time Staffell makes the acquaintance of Farrukh Bulsara, or Freddie. At that time he was studying to be a designer and was an expert in art. Music was also no stranger to him, and soon the young artist was very loved it compositions of the band Smile.

By early 1970, the team had become widely is known within the walls of the college, and now the musicians often performed at various events. At their concerts Smile performed covers to songs by Tommy James and Tim Harden, but their repertoire also included own compositions. Some of them the band managed to record on the Mercury Records America label, with which they signed a contract.

Queen in the early years
Queen in the early years

The team created heavy music, mainly based on blues and progressive rock. Over time Smile began to play something similar to hard rockwhich Tim Staffell didn't like very much.

Freddy's appearance: it all started with criticism... 

Queen in the early '70s
Queen in the early '70s

Freddie attended all the band's concerts, and finally Tim introduced his new acquaintance to his colleagues. Already then the future vocalist admitted that he had some ideasthat could have been realized in the group. After Staffell did left Smile because of a change in his musical tastes and creative goals, Freddie asked Brian and Roger to take him into the band.

Years later, Taylor recalled that when listening to Freddie's vocals, he could barely contain a smile, because the singer failed to deal with his tearing out extreme voice. At that time, as the drummer admitted, the future Queen frontman was not a professional, but he managed to learn how to use his talent properly.

A moment from Bohemian Rhapsody:

The biopic about the band reflected another the story of the acquaintance and the acceptance of a new member by the band. The film «Bohemian Rhapsody» tells the story of how, when meeting Freddie, the musicians hinted at the unattractiveness of his teeth: the singer had four extra incisors from birth. In spite of this, in an instant the vocalist was able to make an impression at the musicians by starting to sing.

Nevertheless, Taylor and May welcomed Freddie into the group, and soon he brought not only new ideas to the band, but also change titles. The vocalist insisted that Smile change its name to QueenThe argument was to make an impression on the public. Brian and Roger had no choice but to agree with an expressive and flamboyant frontman.

The last puzzle

Queen. 70-е
Queen. 70-е

While Queen was winning the hearts of the audience and performing alternately with different bassists, the musician John Deacon just moved to London to go to college. He began to develop his musical talent at the age of 14, first mastering the guitar and then switching to the bass. Over time, he acquired good ones skills games, and a year after moving to the capital I decided to look for a band for myself.

In October 1970, Deacon was able to go to one of Queen's performances, but their music was his not impressed. Later, the bassist founded his own band, which didn't last long.

1971 was a year for Queen the bestthe group's members met John at a disco at the very beginning of the project. A few days later, Deacon came in for an audition, and almost immediately liked guys. His professionalism and calm disposition charmed the musicians, and so John became last the first step in creating a complete picture of the great band Queen.


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