Queen: Bio, Life, Career, Awards, Facts, Trivia, Favorites

Queen: A Quick-Read Bio Revealed

Here’s the bio, life, career, awards, facts, trivia, and favorites of Queen. We would like to take you through the chapters in the life and career of one of the world’s talented musicians. This is Australian Unwrapped’s compilation of research about Queen. Enjoy the journey!

Origin: London, England

Genre: Rock

Years active: 1970–present

Members: Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor, and John Deacon

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Early Start

  • After building his own guitar with his father in 1963, Brian May formed 1984 (after Orwell’s novel) with Tim Staffell.
  • As part of his pursuit of a Physics degree, May left the group in early 1968.
  • Smile was formed with Staffell (now on bass) and Chris Smith on keyboards.
  • Roger Taylor, a young dental student, auditioned and got the job after May advertised on a college notice board for a “Mitch Mitchell/Ginger Baker type” drummer.
  • After studying fashion design for a year, Bulsara switched to graphic design and in no time, he became a huge fan of Smile.



Career Journey

  • 1973 – 1973: Trident managed to strike a deal with EMI Records and “Keep Yourself Alive” was released as a single, with the album Queen appearing a week later.
  • 1973: May collapsed and contracted hepatitis at the beginning of the band’s first US tour opening for Mott the Hoople, which forced the band to cancel their remaining dates.
    A piece of music Mercury wrote at Ealing College inspired the best-known song on the album, “Bohemian Rhapsody”. In a 2004 Channel 4 poll, the British public voted A Night at the Opera the 13th-greatest album of all time, which went triple platinum in the United States.
  • 1976: Queen recorded A Day at the Races, often thought of as the sequel to A Night at the Opera.
  • 1977: News of the World was the band’s sixth studio album, which has gone four times platinum in the U.S. and twice in the UK.



Awards & Recognition

  • The band received the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music.
  • They’ve been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.
  • The group received the Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Song Collection from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers, and Authors.
  • The band is a recipient of the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.



Fun Facts & Trivia

  • The Queen crest in their album was a creation of Freddie which was formed using the zodiac signs of the members: one Cancer, one Virgo and two Leos.
  • Freddie Mercury wrote “A Crazy Little Thing Called Love” while in a bath where he asked to bring his piano inside.
  • Freddie Mercury loved Star Wars but not riding bicycle as the song said.



Artist’s Favorites

                Freddie Mercury
Color:  Yellow
Flower:  Yellow Roses
Food:  Spare ribs with onion sauce, chili con carne, Indian food, Chinese food
Artists:  Aretha Franklin and Jimi Hendrix
Drink:  Stolichnaya vodka and Schweppes tonic with ice



Australian Unwrapped’s Chosen Song from Queen:

Bohemian Rhapsody

Length: 5:54

Release: 1975

Opening Lyrics:

Is this the real life?
Is this just fantasy?
Caught in a landside,
No escape from reality
Open your eyes,
Look up to the skies and see,
I’m just a poor boy, I need no sympathy,
Because I’m easy come, easy go,
Little high, little low,
Any way the wind blows doesn’t really matter to
Me, to me
Just killed a man,
Put a gun against his head, pulled my trigger,

More Songs to Listen to:

Queen: Top 5 Songs



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