Brian May

Brian May


Brian May is an English musician, singer, songwriter, and astrophysicist who is best known as the lead guitarist of the rock band Queen born on 19 July 1947, In London, England.

Family Background:

He is the son of Harold May and Ruth May.

Personal Life:

In 1974, He had married Chrissie Mullen. The couple has three children Jimmy, Louisa, and Emily Ruth. In 1988, The couple divorced.


In 1984, He had studied at Hampton Grammar School and formed his first band, with Tim Staffell.


In 1968, May and Tim Staffell, together with drummer Roger Taylor, formed the band ‘Smile’. The band dismissed in two years with Staffell’s exit. In 1970, May and Taylor had joined Freddie Mercury and John Deacon, to form the famous British Rock band ‘Queen’. In 1985, The band had written the song ‘One Vision’ together after the famous ‘Live Aid’ concert. He had also played the guitar for Steve Hackett’s album ‘Feedback 86’. In 1989, He had composed ‘I Want It All’ and ‘Scandal’ for the band’s album, ‘The Miracle’. In the same year, He had worked with other bands like ‘Black Sabbath’ and ‘Living In a Box’, playing guitar solos for a song in each of their albums. In 1991, After the death of Freddie Mercury, He dealt with the loss by devoting himself to work and completed his solo album ‘Back to the Light’, which released in the next year. He had appeared as a guest alongside Eddie Clarke for the song, ‘Overkill’ at the Motorhead 25th Anniversary show. In 2007, He had returned to Imperial College London to complete his Ph.D. in astrophysics which He had left before to pursue his musical dreams. In 2008, Queen + Paul Rodgers had the first solo album ‘The Cosmos Rocks’ had been released. Following this, the band did another world tour before splitting the next year.

Brian May

Unknown Facts:

  • Harold is his middle name.

Master Stroke:

  • Brian May added to singles like ‘Tie Your Mother Down’, ‘We Will Rock You’, ‘Who Wants to Live Forever’, ‘Hammer to Fall’, ‘Save Me’, ‘Fat Bottomed Girls’ and ‘I Want It All’ which had changed the face of rock and made him the legendary guitarist he is today.

Awards and Achievements:

  • In 2011, He had been given the Global Icon Award for ‘Queen’ at the MTV Europe Music Awards.
  • In 2011, He had also made Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the ‘100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time’.

What can we learn from Him??

Like Brian May, Believe in your strength. Never disappointed in one failure. always think positive.

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