Queen is a veteran British rock band formed in 1970 that became famous during the mid 1970s. By the early 1980s, the band's fame skyrocketed and Queen became one of the world's top stadium rock bands. Queen began as an experimental and highly eclectic hard rock/heavy metal band, deriving inspiration from such disparate genres as progressive rock, opera, disco, ragtime, and gospel, while gradually developing a more mainstream style that combines pop and arena rock. The classic lineup consisted of lead vocalist Freddie Mercury (September 5, 1946 - November 24, 1991, born Farrokh Bulsara), who also served as the band's pianist, with John Deacon (bass guitar), Brian May (lead guitar, vocals), and Roger Taylor (drums, vocals). After Mercury's passing in 1991 and Deacon's departure from the band in 1997, May and Taylor continued to carry on as Queen, with Paul Rodgers (formerly with Free and Bad Company) and Adam Lambert serving as lead vocalists at various times.
Queen made its U.S. chart debut in 1975 with the vaudeville-influenced rocker, "Killer Queen." This was followed by a long string of hits through 1993 that included the ground-breaking "Bohemian Rhapsody" (1976), "Somebody To Love" (1976), "You're My Best Friend" (1976), "We Are The Champions" (1977), "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" (1979), "Another One Bites The Dust" (1980), "Body Language" (1982), "Radio Ga Ga" (1984), and "We Will Rock You" (1992 a.k.a. the "boom boom clap" song). "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" and "Another One Bites The Dust" both topped the charts during their respective years. "Bohemian Rhapsody," "We Will Rock You," and "We Are The Champions" were later inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, and the latter two songs are longtime fixtures at sporting events. Queen is among the top-selling acts in the world, with many of its albums having gone platinum multiple times.
Famous for both his four-octave vocal range and flamboyant stage presence, Freddie Mercury was an integral part of Queen's unique sound and considered by many to be among rock's all-time top performers. In addition to serving as the band's frontman, Mercury also pursued a solo career, releasing two albums and several singles (some under the name, Larry Lurex) which debuted in the Top 10 of the U.K. charts. His U.S. chart hits include a cover of The Beach Boys' "I Can Hear Music" (1973).
Queen's numerous honors and accolades over the years include being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (2001), the Songwriters Hall of Fame (2003), and the UK Music Hall of Fame (2004). In 2002, the band was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and in 2006, was the first to be inducted into the VH1 Rock Honors.
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- Killer Queen 1975
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