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Saturday, June 9, 2007

Brian May, Queen


Brain Harold May, born 19 july 1974 in Hampton, Middlesex, England.His parents are Harold and Ruth May, he has no brothers and sisters. Brian attended primary school in Feltham during which time he showed an interest in music and his parents registered him for piano lessons, which Brian actually hated. When Brian was six years old he started learning to play the ukulele. Brian got very good very quickly and soon he wanted a guitar. A Spainish guitar was given to him as a birthday present, but it was too big for him, so he went and modified it. As the time went on and as he played the existing guitar he discovered, that his guitar wasn’t good enough to play music he liked. He didn’t have much money and the type of guitars Brian wanted were too expensive. Brian and his father decided to build a guitar to fit Brians needs exactly. This was to become Brian May’s famous “Red Special” (or fireplace guitar). The guitar took about 18 months to build and cost roughly 18 pounds at the time. Brians friends and schoolmates loved the guitar and offered to to buy the guitar from him. Brians guitar playing constantly improved and when he was 17 he founded a group with friends, Dave Dilloway and Tim Staffell.The group was named “1984″ after the name of a Sci-fi book. The band played locally performing in halls and schools. Within 18 months brian went to Imperial College in London to study astronomy and Physics. Brian began composing songs around this time, covering a wide variety of styles, but usually wrote ballads and hard rock. He still played in the group 1984 and even supported Jimmi Hendrix at one point. However the group did not last too long, as Brian needed time for study and the band itself felt there was not any potential for the group and they disbanded. Brian stayed in contact touch with Tim Staffell and they agreed that they missed playing as a group. They posted up a note on a college notice board stating that they needed a drummer. They organised Drum-off competition, and one of competitors was Roger Meddows Taylor, from which the group Smile wasformed and later Queen. Brians distinctive guitar style and excellent playing allowed Queen to launch them selves onto the music scene. Brian also wrote some of Queens great numbers from rockers such as Tie your mother Down and We Will Rock You to ballads like Who wants to live Forever. Brian remained an active musician after Freddies death in 1991, releasing solo albums and taking part in events such as 46664. In 1976, the 29th of may he married Chrissie at the ST OSMUNDS RC CHURCH, Castlenau. They have 3 children: James born in 1978 Louisa, born in 1981 Emily, born in 1987. He left his wife Chrissie for soap star Anita Dobson.They got married on November 18, 2000.

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