Queen was one of the biggest stadium rock bands in the world. Their 1975 album A Night at the Opera featured the single “Bohemian Rhapsody”, which sold over one million copies during each of its two appearances on the charts. Their 1977 album, News of the World, included two of rock’s anthems, “We Will Rock You” and “We Are the Champions”.
The band was formed in London in 1971 by Brian May and Roger Taylor from the group Smile and Freddie Mercury. They recruited John Deacon and recorded their eponymous debut album in 1973. Although the group enjoyed success in the UK with their debut and its follow-up, Queen II, it was their 1974 album, Sheer Heart Attack, which contained their first US hit single, “Killer Queen”, went gold in the US.
In late 1975, Queen recorded and released A Night at the Opera taking its name from the popular Marx Brothers movie. At the time, it was the most expensive album ever produced. It went triple platinum in the United States. The album also featured the hit single “Bohemian Rhapsody”, which reached the top ten in the US. A 1992 re-release performed even better on the charts. It is the only single ever to sell a million copies on two separate occasions .The album also included the hit “You’re My Best Friend”. Their next album, A Day at the Races, included the hit “Somebody To Love”.
The band’s sixth studio album News of the World included “We Will Rock You” and “We Are the Champions”, which were released as opposite sides of the same platinum selling single and became enduring international sports anthems. In 1978, the band released Jazz, which included the hits “Fat Bottomed Girls” and “Bicycle Race”, which were also released on the same single. In 1979, they released “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”, which became their first #1 single.
Queen’s 1980 album, The Game, included “Crazy Little Thing Called Love’ and “Another One Bites The Dust”, the latter became the group’s second #1 single and second single to be certified platinum
The group continued to perform, notably at Live Aid, and to record though with much greater success on the UK singles charts than in the US. On November 23rd 1991, Mercury confirmed that he had AIDS. Within 24 hours of the statement, he died of bronchial pneumonia, a complication of the disease.
In 1992 “Bohemian Rhapsody” was featured in the movie Wayne’s World, which helped the song reach number two on the charts and remain for over 40 weeks. The compilation album Classic Queen also reached number four on the album charts and was certified three times platinum in the US. In 1993 Queen again made the charts with a live version of “Somebody To Love” featuring George Michael.
The group continued to record, utilizing vocal tracks Mercury had recorded before his death. These recordings charted better in The UK and Europe than in the US. May and Taylor recruited Paul Rodgers, founding member of Free and Bad Company, and toured and recorded as Queen + Paul Rodgers from 2004 to 2009. Today founding members May and Taylor continue Queen’s legacy.
Queen was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.
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