Queen is a British rock band from London, England, formed in 1971 by Brian May, Roger Taylor , John Deacon and Freddie Mercury. They are the fourth most successful band of all time, having sold 300,000,000 (300 million) albums worldwide (41.3 million in the United States alone). It consisted of Freddie Mercury (lead vocals, piano), Brian May (vocals, lead guitar), John Deacon (bass guitar) and Roger Taylor (vocals, percussion).

Queen were originally known as "Smile" a band which consisted of May, Taylor and Tim Staffell. When Freddie Mercury joined and Staffell later left, Mercury convinced Taylor and May to keep going and change the name of the band to "Queen". John Deacon later joined the line-up.

In 1975, the band released Bohemian Rhapsody, their first single, which spent nine consecutive weeks on the number-one spot on the charts. It was performed in a ballad style, much like Led Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven; a style which would later be used in songs by Guns N' Roses (November Rain) and Lynyrd Skynyrd (Free Bird), amongst others.

Following the tragic death of Freddie Mercury in 1991 and John Deacon's departure in 1997, the band consists of Brian May and Roger Taylor. They declined being apart of the Queen tribute act, Queen + Paul Rodgers (led by Paul Rodgers of Free and Bad Company), May, Taylor and Deacon all fully support them.

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Brian May and Roger Taylor were originally in a band named Smile. When one of the members, Tim Staffel, left, May and Taylor continued with the band. The difference was that they changed the name to Queen and had Freddie Mercury as a vocalist. In 1971, John Deacon joined as their bassist.

They first entered the charts in 1974 with Seven Seas of Rhye. That was followed up with Killer Queen, which made it to #2 on the charts in the UK. Their greatest success was Bohemian Rhapsody which spent nine weeks at the number one spot on the UK's charts. Over the years, Queen continued to produce more hits such as We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, Another One Bites the Dust, and Radio Ga Ga.

In 1991, Freddie Mercury died of complications from AIDS. Shortly after Wayne's World was released, the band enjoyed a resurgence of popularity due to their part in the film. In 1995, they released Made in Heaven, an album of recordings Freddie Mercury made before he died. After that, the band became relatively inactive. John Deacon retired from music while Taylor and May went on to form Queen + Paul Rodgers.

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