The Brit Band, QUEEN, (Freddie Mercury (lead vocals, piano), Brian May (lead guitar, vocals), Roger Taylor (drums, vocals), and John Deacon (bass guitar), probably more than any other typified the excesses of the 70's, a time of cocaine, sex and often outrageous behavior. Much of this was transmitted by their incredible Front Man, FREDDIE MERCURY. With an almost operatic voice, and vaudevillian persona while performing...old Freddie was a sight to see when he was working.
Queen was a hard-rocking progressive band when founded by Brian May and Roger Taylor in 1970, but by the mid-70's was doing more melodic songs with a hard rock edge that established them in the Arena Rock world. In 1975 they released their album, "A Night At The Opera," which threw off the single, "Bohemian Rhapsody," that became a world-wide hit, and helped popularize the Music Video craze seeming to be constantly on MTV.
The 1977 album, "News of the World," released two singles that have become Sports Events anthems: "We Will Rock You" and "We Are the Champions;" most bands would love to have just one song that continues to get that kind of exposure.
Queen's best selling single came in 1980 with, "Another One Bites The Dust," and I have neither the time or stamina to dig more deeply into their recording history.
Queen's best-selling Greatest Hits album is the U.K.'s biggest ever and did an astonishing, "Eight Times Platinum" in the U.S. But their hot run came to a tragic end in 1991 when Mercury died of bronchopneumonia, a complication of AIDS.
Founders Brian May and Roger Taylor have continued to tour as Queen with other lead vocalists, but in my opinion, no other lead singer could have the voice, build and showmanship package as did Freddie Mercury. But with 18 #1 Albums, 18 #1 Singles, and somewhere between 150 and 300 million Records Sold, they have a history that's going to be very hard to beat.
In 2005 Queen was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; sadly a couple of years too late for Freddy to bathe in the bright light of the love of his peers. In future posts we'll sometimes visit Queen again with videos of more of their hits; but for this piece Scott selected the Official Video of a song John Deacon wrote for his wife in 1975, YOU'RE MY BEST FRIEND, with excellent quality picture and sound. Rock On! @thedonrocks
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