Freddie Mercury may just be the only person in rock from Zanzibar. Brian May the only astronomer and Roger Meddows Taylor the only dental student. They are, respectively, the vocalist, guitarist, and drummer of Queen and founding members of the now four-man band from Britain.

Queen was into glitterock long before the wave hit. Freddie was studying art at college in 1968 when he met Brian and Roger who were with a band called Smile (they released a single in the U.S.). Brian invited Freddie to join his new band, Queen, after Smile broke up. Bassist Deacon John, the fourth Queen, joined in 1971.

Brian and Freddie are the songwriters of the group. They usually write individually — with help from each other — and occasionally collaborate. The group’s first break came when producers John Anthony and Roy Baker invited them to make some demos. After bringing the tapes to several London record companies, they enventually signed a contract with EMI.

Their first album for Elektra, Queen, also produced by Anthony and Baker, is drawn from three years’ material. “From the beginning, the group has kept its original concept,” said Brian. “This album is a way of getting all our frustrations out of our system which have built up over the years.”

Freddie Mercury - lead vocal, occasional keyboards. Composer and lyricist. Born September 5, 1946, in Zanzibar, educated in India. In early life became a table tennis champion and hockey expert. He studied at Ealing School of Art and became a graphics designer and illustrator. He took piano lessons to Grade 4 and sang with his first group at the age of 14. In 1970 he formed Queen with Roger and Brian. He lists his influences as Jimi Hendrix and Liza Minelli, his ambition to become a legend and appear on a Liza Minelli show.

Brian May - guitar, vocals. Composer and lyricist. He’s 23, Cancer, born in the country. He has a B.Sc. in Physics and has taught at a comprehensive school. He was also an astronomer for four years. He built his guitar with wood from a 100-year-old fireplace and he first met Roger in a group called Smile in 1968. A devoted fan of Jimi Hendrix and loves the Beatles. He lists his influences as Clapton, Beck, Davy O’List (of the Nice), Smile. His ambition is to be a penguin?

Roger Meddows Taylor - drums, vocals. Composer and lyricist. He’s 21, Leo, born in Norfolk. He studied at Dental College in London and hated it. Roger has played drums and guitar since the age of 12, he formed a group called Smile with Brian. While working in a gentlemen’s outfitters, he met Freddie Mercury Esq. and Queen was formed. He lists his influences as the Yardbirds, Who, Dylan, Hendrix, Lennon, Himself and lists his ambition as “to go Super Nova.”

Deacon John - bass guitar. Born August 19, 1951, in Leicester. Deacon John started by playing rhythm guitar at the age of 12 but changed to bass when he was 14. He played with a couple of groups while at Beauchamp Grammar School. He later received a First Honors Degree in electronics from Chelsea College. In influences as Yes, the World, and 60 cycles. His likes are shiny rubber vests, right wellingtons, rope, elastic, waxed string, raincoats, lino and bowler hats — and the odd glass of Claret.

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Copyright © 2011 Queen Productions Limited

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