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Queen


1946

Freddie Mercury of Queen is born.

1947

Brian May of Queen is born.

1949

Roger Taylor of Queen is born.

1951

John Deacon of Queen is born.

1971

Queen gives its first performance at Hornsey Town Hall in London.

1973

Queen’s self-titled first album is released.

1975

Queen hits #12 in the US with “Killer Queen.”

1975

Queen’s ‘A Night at the Opera,’ featuring the seven-minute rock operetta “Bohemian Rhapsody,” tops the U.K. album charts. The album reaches #4 in the U.S. while an edited “Bohemian Rhapsody” climbs to #9.

1976

Queen hits #16 with “You’re My Best Friend”.

1978

Queen’s biggest hit of the Seventies, “We Are the Champions,” reaches #4 in the U.S. (#2 in Britain). The Bee Gees’ “Stayin’ Alive” holds down the top spot.

1979

Queen hits #24 with “Bicycle Race.”

1980

“Crazy Little Thing Called Love” tops the chart for the first of four weeks. Queen’s first #1 hit also marks the first time singer Freddie Mercury plays guitar on record.

1980

Queen’s ‘The Game’ tops the album charts for the first of five weeks.

1980

Queen caps the biggest year of their career with another #1 hit, the funk-influenced “Another One Bites the Dust.”

1981

While touring South American soccer stadiums, Queen performs in Sao Paulo, Brazil, to the largest crowds of paying fans ever to witness a concert.

1981

Queen’s collaboration with David Bowie, “Under Pressure,” tops the U.K. charts. Surprisingly, it only reaches #29 in the U.S.

1982

Queen performs at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, California, in what turns out to be their last U.S. concert.

1984

Queen releases “Radio Ga-Ga,” their last Top Forty hit in the U.S. until “Bohemian Rhapsody“‘s renaissance in 1992. The leadoff single from ‘The Works,’ Queen’s 12th studio album, hits #16 in the U.S. and #2 in the U.K.

1986

Queen performs at Knebworth Stadium in Britain. It is their 658th and final concert performance.

1991

Freddie Mercury of Queen dies of AIDS-related causes at his home in London.

1992

MTV and Fox present “A Concert for Life,” an AIDS benefit from London’s Wembley Stadium held in tribute to the late Queen vocalist Freddie Mercury who died of AIDS in November 1991. Organized by the surviving members of Queen, it features appearances by Elton John, Guns ‘n Roses, Def Leppard, Metallica and George Michael. Proceeds from the concert go to AIDS charities nationwide.

1992

Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” featured in the comedy ‘Wayne’s World,’ wins Best Video from a film at the ninth annual MTV Awards. In its second return to the charts the previous April, it hit #2.

1992

Queen’s ‘Greatest Hits’ CD - a revised version of the 1981 album of the same name - enters the charts, where it will remain for four years.

1995

Queen’s ‘Made in Heaven,’ the last album of original material featuring vocalist Freddie Mercury, is released four years after his death.

2001

Queen is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the sixteenth annual induction dinner. Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters are their presenters.

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