Timeline

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1949

July 26 - Roger Taylor is born in Kinglynn, Norfolk, England


1968

Taylor meets guitarist Brian May and the two, along with singer Tim Staffell form the group Smile.


1971

Smile is signed to Mercury Records. The group releases one unsuccessful single before Staffell leaves the group.


1971

Farrokh Bulsara joins Smile as the lead singer. The new group becomes known as Queen and Farrokh Bulsara becomes known as Freddie Mercury. That same year, John Deacon joins the band


1973

November 3 - Queen’s debut album, Queen is released


1974

May 11 - Second album Queen II is released.


1974

December 14 - Sheer Heart Attack is released. The album remains on the pop charts for 32 weeks and peaks at #12.


1975

December 27 - A Night at the Opera is released. Album remains on the charts for 56 weeks and peaks at #4.


1977

January 15 - A Day at the Races is released. The album peaks at #5 on the pop charts


1977

November 26 - News of the World is released and peaks at #3 on the pop charts


1977

Releases first solo single I WANNA TESTIFY


1978

December 9 - Jazz is released


1979

July 7 - The band’s first compilation album, Queen Live Killers is released


1980

July 19 - Queen’s most successful album The Game is released. It remains on the charts for 43 weeks and peaks at #1


1980

Writes the score for the production Flash Gordon


1981

Releases first solo album Fun in Space


1982

May 29 - Hot Space is released to mixed reviews. This is the last album Queen recorded for Elektra records.


1982

David Bowie and Queen’s recording of UNDER PRESSURE reaches #29 on the pop charts


1982

CALLING ALL THE GIRLS reaches #60 on the pop charts


1984

RADIO GA-GA reaches #16 on the pop charts


1984

Releases second solo album Strange Frontier


1986

July 19 - A Kind of Magic is released


1986

ONE VISION reaches #61 on the pop charts


1986

KIND OF MAGIC reaches #42 on the pop charts


1986

Taylor forms a new band The Cross.


1987

Mercury is diagnosed with HIV, the virus which would give him AIDS


1989

June 24 - The Miracle is released. This is the last album Queen recorded for Capitol Records


1989

I WANT IT ALL reaches #50 on the pop charts


1990

ICE ICE BABY, a sample of Queen’s classic song, UNDER PRESSURE, reaches #1 on the pop charts with a recording by Vanilla Ice


1991

February 23 - Innuendo is released on Hollywood Records.


1991

November 24 - Freddie Mercury dies of AIDS


1994

Releases third solo album Happiness?


2001

Inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame


2003

Inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame


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