Produced on July 26, 1949, in King’s Lynn, England, Roger Taylor would eventually be an associate of famous group Queen with lead singer Freddie Mercury, releasing important hits like “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Under Pressure.” Taylor embarked on a solo career, releasing several records, and in addition formed group The Cross. After Mercury’s passing, he’s continued to play with Queen and make new productions.
He later played with the Cornwall group the Reaction in the mid-1960s. Taylor moved to London and studied dentistry and biology to get a period, though he’d finally choose to continue a vocation in music. In 1967, he started performing together with the rock group Smile, which comprised guitarist Brian May.
The group carried to become among the greatest musical acts on the planet, known for advanced musical fusions and theatrical, bombastic productions.
All the band members were songwriters and brought to the group’s rule, with Taylor penning tracks like “A Kind of Magic” and “Radio Ga Ga.” (The latter tune is what inspired Stefani Germanotta’s quite well-known stage name, Lady Gaga.) Coincidentally, Taylor has worked in rock music as another drummer named Roger Taylor rose to prominence at the same time, playing together with the group Duran Duran.
Taylor was the very first Queen member to really go solo with his 1977 tune “I Wanna Testify” and released the records Entertaining in Space (1981) and Strange Frontier (1984), further showcasing his songwriting skills. With Queen’s end product becoming more silent after the Magic Tour, Taylor formed another group, the Cross, in 1987.
The world lost Freddie Mercury to AIDS in 1991, and Queen’s remaining members performed a memorial/fundraising concert at Wembley Stadium the next year using a range of guest musicians. Taylor restarted his solo career using the 1994 record Happiness? and had a UK hit single with “Nazis 1994,” which deplored the growth of neo Nazism. (It was prohibited in certain releases on account of its lyrics.) Taylor released his next record, Electric Fire, in the summer of 1998.
Taylor was also an integral player in the development of the mega-successful London musical We Will Rock You, a futuristic production inspired by the tunes and imagination of Queen that opened in May, 2002. Taylor made new musical contributions to the concert and supporting 46664 records, as well using the tracks “Say It Is Not True” and “Invincible Hope.”
Taylor has also continued to work with new iterations of Queen, both via records and live performance. The group released a concert album with George Michael, Five Live, in 1993. In the mid-2000s, Queen played to sold out crowds in Europe using a brand new tour featuring Paul Rodgers, the one time lead singer of rock group Bad Company.
With Taylor looking for new blood to keep up with the group’s heritage, he’s served as musical director and producer for The Queen Extravaganza, a touring tribute band production that started in 2012. The group was chosen via a web-based competition and attributes both a female and male vocalist, Jennifer Espinoza and Marc Martel.