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Dave Laing

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print January 2001 |
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI:

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English rock group . The group was formed in 1970 by Freddie Mercury (Frederick Bulsara; b Zanzibar, 5 Sept 1946; d London, 24 Nov 1991; lead vocals), Brian May (b Hampton, Middlesex, 19 July 1947; guitar), John Deacon (b Leicester, 19 Aug 1951; bass-guitar) and Roger Meddows-Taylor (b Kings Lynn, 26 July 1949; drums). Their early work was in the glam rock mode but they soon developed a more individual style through Mercury’s camp stage moves and witty lyrics. This was evident on Bohemian Rhapsody (1975), a six-minute song that was accompanied by a spectacular video which inaugurated the modern era of music video. Later hits included We are the champions (1977), which became a sports event anthem, the disco-inflected Another one bites the dust (1980), Under Pressure (1981), which featured guest vocals by David Bowie, and Radio Ga-Ga (...

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Subjects: Popular Music

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