In 1968, guitarist Brian May, a student at Imperial College, London, and bassist Tim Staffell decided to form a musical group. Sewing stuck the flyers on the school bulletin board, wanting to find a drummer “Mitch Mitchell / Ginger Baker style”. Roger Taylor, a young dental student, came to play and was accepted into the group. The band named itself Smile, and while at the Ealing College of the Arts, Tim Staffell befriended Farrokh Bulsara, a junior student named Freddie. Bulsara found himself and the band a common love for music and quickly became passionate fans of Smile.
In the late 1970s, Staffell left the group to join Humpy Bong. The remaining members, at Bulsara’s suggestion, decided to change their name to “Queen” and performed their first concert on July 18th, during which time the band hired a few unsuitable bass guitarists. with the style of the band. Until February 1971, they selected John Deacon for this position and began preparing for their debut album. The group recorded four songs “Liar”, “Keep Yourself Alive”, “The Night Comes Down” and “Jesus” on a demo tape that no other record labels noticed. At the same time, Freddie changed his surname to “Mercury”, inspired by the lyrics “Mother Mercury, look what they’ve done to me” in the song “My Fairy King”. On July 2, 1971, Queen debuted with a popular lineup that included Mercury, May, Taylor and Deacon at the University of Surrey, near London.