The True Story of How Freddie Mercury Joined Queen, According to The Band’s Original Singer

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From Esquire | Entertainment by Matt Miller

In the early '60s, two high school friends in London—Tim Staffell and Brian May—formed a five-piece rock band called 1984. Despite the Orwellian band name, Staffell says it was actually a "kind of fun covers band" that got regular gigs around London. After high school, the band broke up, but Staffell and May stuck together, and eventually found a drummer named Roger Taylor to form a new group called Smile.

Although the band was together for only two years, it has an important place in music history as the rock group that laid the foundation of what would become Queen.

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