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Today in History (1970): Smile gets a new name and becomes Queen

A would be legend gets a new vocalist and a new name.

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Before there was a Queen, a Smile existed.

Smile was a London-based blues rock band composed of guitarist Brian May, drummer Roger Taylor, and Tim Staffell on bass and vocals. They are best known as the predecessor to one of the greatest British rock bands ever, and no, I’m not talking about The Beatles this time.

In 1970, Staffell left Smile to join another band. An ardent fan, Farrokh “Freddie” Bulsara, convinced May and Taylor to continue. At around the same period, Bulsara changed his surname to Mercury and joined them as the new vocalist. This was the start of something way bigger that they must have expected.

The smile fades and a queen emerges! On June 27, 1970, the band performs as Queen for the very first time at Truro City Hall in Cornwall, England. It is also Freddie Mercury’s live debut as the band’s vocalist!

Freddie Mercury was definitely a crowd pleaser. He spoke it a baritone voice but could sing in a tone four octaves higher. He performed with so much energy that he could affect screaming fans from rows beyond. that Joined by John Deacon in 1971, Queen moved on to become one of the most venerated rock bands of the 70’s and the 80’s, garnering worldwide success throughout Europe, America, Canada, and Asia.

They weren’t kidding when they said ”We Will Rock You!”

Photo via joystiq

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