Past Masters: Queen

The Rise of Queen


Farookh Bulsara was born the 5th of September 1946 on the small spice island of Zanzibar. He would spend most of his childhood in India and it was here that his friends first began to call him Freddie

His family would move to England in the mid 60’s and Freddie enrolled at Ealing College of Art. It was here at Ealing that Freddie met the members of a band called Smile. These notable men were none other than Brian May and Roger Taylor.

After Smile broke up, Freddie joined with Brian May and Roger Taylor to form a new group that Freddie wanted to call Queen, but the band was missing a bassist and the road to find the right musician for the role would prove to be difficult. At one point, Queen was going through bass players at a rate of one per week. This would go on till a man by the name of John Deacon auditioned.

With Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon, history was about to be made…

Queen’s first two albums, Queen and Queen II, were well received by critics low in sales across the board. It wasn’t until the band released Sheer Heart Attack in 1974 that they really began to take off. The single, “Killer Queen” would reach #2 on the British charts and would be the bands first U.S. hit, reaching #12 on the Billboard Hot 100. Cruising on this success Queen began their first world tour.


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