Prolific songwriter and legendary guitarist, Brian May was born in Hampton Middlesex in July 1947.
He received his first guitar at the age of 7. Two years later he and his father completed construction on the Red Special, a one of a kind guitar that would define Mays signature style.
In 1966, May formed his first group, 1984 and they performed around London and performed a 1967 show at Olympia Theatre. May left the group in 1968 and enrolled in the Imperial College. While in college, he met drummer Roger Taylor and the two, along with former 1984 member Tim Staffell formed the trio Smile. May graduated from Imperial College with honors and focused on music. Smile had signed with Mercury Records in 1970 and released one single Earth. Staffell left the group and was replaced with his good friend Farrokh Bulsara as the lead singer. The new group becomes known as Queen and Farrokh Bulsara becomes known as Freddie Mercury. John Deacon then joined them on bass.
Queens debut album was released in 1973 with the self titled Queen. The album featured songs written by all four members of the band. The over the top, operatic style of the songs and performances built a cult following throughout Europe and eventually overseas and the 1974 releases of Queen II and Sheer Heart Attack were successful. Queen was soon one of rock musics elite bands.
Over the next 10 years, Queen would write, tour and produce memorable albums. 1975s A Night at the Opera reached #4 on the pop charts; 1977s A Day at the Races reached #5; 1977s News of the World reached #3. The bands greatest success came with the 1980 release of The Game, which reached #1 on the pop charts.
Queens last album, Made in Heaven was released on November 25, 1995. Four years to the day after Freddie Mercury died of AIDS.
May also wrote and recorded four solo albums: 1983s Star Fleet Project; 1993s Back to the Light; 1994s Live at the Brixton Academy and 1998s Another World.
As a member of Queen, May was inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame in 2001 and into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2003.