Queen Biography

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QueenQueen was an English rock band in the 70’s that was made up of Freddie Mercury on vocals, Brian May on guitar, John Deacon on bass and Roger Taylor on drums.

Queen is noted for their diverse and multi-layered musical arrangements and vocal harmonies. They were also very popular for making audience participation as part of their live performances. And for that, they were highly regarded as one of the most accomplished rock acts to ever to com up on the rock stage.

But their beginnings were not quite that easy. Queen enjoyed only moderate success in the early 1970’s with the release of their albums Queen and Queen II.

It was with the release of their third album, Sheer Heart Attack in 1974 and their fourth, A Night at the Opera the next year that catapulted the band to international success. From that time on, all of the band’s studio albums were able to reach the number one spot on numerous charts all over the world.

Not only were the band known for their musical versatility, Queen was also known as one of the most productive bands during their fruitful career. Since 1973, the band has released fifteen studio albums, five live albums, and numerous compilation albums that have sold over 300 million copies worldwide. This achievement is more than enough to give them the honor as one of the world’s best-selling music artists.

Queen was known as a musically gifted band in that all of its members equally contributed to creating several of the band’s most well known hit songs. Not a single band member can be credited solely for composing and writing all the songs that became their hits. Each one essentially contributed their talents to come up with the songs that have become rock classics today.

The band drew inspiration for their music from a variety of music genres of music. Their musical styles have been associated with such diverse genres as arena rock, dance and disco, glam rock, heavy metal, pop rock, and progressive rock, just to name a few. Some of their songs were also influenced by other genres that are not associated such as country, jazz, opera, vaudeville and folk.

Queen also holds the distinction of being the band that holds the record for the longest period that the band’s albums have stayed on the UK charts. According to the Guinness Book of World Records as of 2005, all of the Queen’s albums have spent a total of 1,422 weeks on the UK album charts. This period is equivalent to an incredible 27 years. This record is even more than any other musical act has achieved, including The Beatles and Elvis Presley.

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