OBE for Queen drummer Roger Taylor
PUBLISHED: 08:57 28 December 2019 | UPDATED: 08:57 28 December 2019
Queen’s drummer Roger Taylor has been recognised in the New Year Honours list.
The musician, who has been made an OBE for services to music, may be best known for orchestrating the beat of We Will Rock You, but Taylor has been many other things besides.
The 70-year-old was born in King's Lynn and grew up in the town's Beulah Street. He also lived for a spell in a flat on the High Street, above what is now an HMV shop which sells Queen's music.
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The multi-instrumentalist began his musical career playing drums in Smile, the precursor to Queen founded by Brian May.
When the band split in 1970, Freedy Mercury urged them to allow him to help revamp the group as Queen.
The same year, Taylor turned down the chance to become drummer for the progressive rock band Genesis, allowing Phil Collins to join instead.
Taylor helped write the number one songs These Are The Days Of Our Lives, Innuendo and Under Pressure, as well as contributing to major hits such as Radio Ga Ga and A Kind Of Magic.
Alongside Queen, Taylor formed another band, The Cross, in 1987.
It was a chance to take centre stage as singer and rhythm guitarist after years hidden behind a drum kit - and Mercury's voice.
Taylor found himself at the centre of controversy in 1999 when he featured on a Royal Mail stamp.
He was visible playing drums behind Mercury in an image of the pair on stage, which was issued as part of a Great Britons series.
It was convention that only members of the Royal Family were allowed to appear on stamps while still living.
Following Mercury's death in 1991 of bronchial pneumonia resulting from Aids, at the age of 45, Taylor began to promote awareness of the disease worldwide.
In 2013, an art installation of giant drumsticks was placed in The Walks in King's Lynn in Taylor's honour.
There was controversy in 2018 when the work was removed as Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody was showing at the town's Majestic Cinema.
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