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Brian May was born today in 1947 in Hampton, London the only child of Harold and Ruth May. Before Queen May was in the band Smile with singer/bassist Tim Staffell and drummer Roger Taylor. Soon after Staffell left Smile in 1970, Freddie Mercury joined the band and changed the name to Queen. The first two albums released by the band, Queen (1973) and Queen II (1974), generated a lot of buzz and success for the band in the UK. It was Queen’s next two albums, Sheer Heart Attack (1974) and A Night at the Opera (1975) that made them international rock and roll stars.
Brian May was a key part in Queen’s three part vocal harmonies, usually taking the lower range. Sometimes May took on the lead vocals on songs like the first verse of “Who Wants to Live Forever”, and full lead vocals on “Some Day One Day”, “All Dead, All Dead”, and a few others. Either Freddie Mercury and Brian May wrote most of the songs on every Queen album. May wrote and composed such hits like “We Will Rock You”, “Fat Bottomed Girls”, and “I Want It All.” On top of being one of the greatest and most well-known guitarists in rock history, Brian May is also a respected animal activist, author, and Ph.D astrophysicist. In 2005 Brian May was appointed a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for his “services to the music industry and for his charity work.”
Celebrate Brian May’s 66th birthday with us today at 5pm on 88.9 WERS.