Five little-known facts about Queen

British rock band Queen is one of the most commercially successful bands of all time, selling over 300 million albums around the world. They formed in 1970 and had multiple huge hits, including “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “We Will Rock You”, and “Don’t Stop Me Now”

Here are some facts you might not know about the band:

Freddie Mercury designed the band’s logo

“Freddie Mercury performing in New Haven, CT, November 1977” by Carl Lender is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.

Freddie Mercury, aka Farrokh “Freddie” Bulsara, studied art and graphic design in college. He created a crest insignia for the band, using each band member’s astrological symbol, a “Q”, a crown and a phoenix. The crest is still used by the remaining members of the band to this day. 

Lead guitarist Brian May has a Ph. D in astrophysics

“Brian May” by kentarotakizawa is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

May earned his Ph.D in astrophysics from Imperial College London in 2007. He held the position of chancellor with Liverpool John Moores University from 2008 to 2013 and was a science team collaborator with NASA’s New Horizons Pluto mission. He’s one of the co-founders of Asteroid Day, and has the asteroid 52665 Brianmay named after him. 


“Another One Bites the Dust” became a single thanks to Michael Jackson

Bass player John Deacon recalled that the King of Pop was hanging out with the band in the early 1980s and suggested that they release the track as a single off of their eighth album, The Game. They did, and it became their top-selling song of all time.


The original working title for “Bohemian Rhapsody” was “The Cowboy Song”

He originally intended the song to have a Western feel. You can hear it in the song’s opening line (“Mama, just killed a man”).



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