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Added on 11-Jun-2005

Brian May Honored By Queen Elizabeth With Commander Of British Empire (CBE)**Sat 11 Jun 05**


Extract from The Queen's Birthday Honours List (pages 9 and 10)

We are delighted to report that our own Brian May has been honoured with a CBE, Commander Of The British Empire, in the Queen's Birthday Honors List, just published:


To be Ordinary Commander(s) of the Civil Division of the said Most Excellent Order:

MAY, Dr. Brian, Composer, Guitarist and Singer. For services to the Music Industry."

Brian has worked very hard for a large number of charitable causes over the years - really making a difference - these include, among many, The Mercury Phoenix Trust and The British Bone Marrow Donor Association, and currently Nelson Mandela's 46664 appeal.


Queen guitarist Brian May's CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List, recognising his services to music, is another landmark in a career spanning four decades.

With the hugely successful rock band Queen, May enjoyed huge worldwide success.

Born in Twickenham, Middlesex, in 1947, astronomy student May formed Queen with drummer Roger Taylor in the early 1970s. They recruited flamboyant singer Freddie Mercury and bass player John Deacon.

Queen's powerful glam rock sound - including May's distinctive guitar solos - and Mercury's camp theatrics meant they soon enjoyed a couple of top 10 hits and established a strong live following.

Their innovative seven-minute "mini opera" single Bohemian Rhapsody elevated them to the stadium concert league.

May and Queen drummer Roger Taylor continue to work together.

Released in 1975 and again in 1991, the single "Bohemian Rhapsody" spent a total of 14 weeks at number one in the UK charts. In 2002, May said: "It has become a classic phenomenon and one which no one will ever allow us to forget."

A run of hit singles and albums followed. Songs like "We Will Rock You", "Somebody to Love" and "We are the Champions" became anthems.

Charity work:

They recorded the soundtrack to the film Flash Gordon in 1980 and collaborated with David Bowie on the single Under Pressure the following year.

A memorable performance at Live Aid was generally considered to be among the highlights of the charity show.

But the band's output lessened in the late 1980s as they concentrated on other projects.

And the band suffered a huge loss when Mercury died of Aids in 1991, having battled the illness for some time.

May went on to release solo work and the rest of the band worked together sporadically.

In recent years he began to work with younger acts like Robbie Williams and the Foo Fighters.

Queen singer Freddie Mercury died in 1991.

In 2002, the remaining band members collaborated with Ben Elton on the Queen musical We Will Rock You, which continues to run in London's West End.

The same year, May played a solo on the top of Buckingham Palace as part of the Queen's Golden Jubilee Celebrations.

May and Taylor reformed Queen for a tour this year, with former Free singer Paul Rogers filling Mercury's shoes. Bassist Deacon has stopped playing live.

May, whose partner is former EastEnders actress Anita Dobson, is involved with many charities including Nelson Mandela's 46664 Aids awareness campaign.

He is also patron of the British Bone Marrow Donor Appeal (BBMDA).


Queen guitarist and founding member Brian May was awarded a CBE and Jimmy Page, Led Zeppelin founding member and guitarist, was awarded an OBE in the Queen of England's Birthday Honours it was announced on Saturday.

This old-fashioned albeit interesting British tradition of awarding Honours stretches back to 1917. Each year important personalities of public life join the ranks of the "British Empire".

The Order includes five classes in civil and military divisions, in order of seniority:

Knight or Dame Grand Cross (GBE)

Knight or Dame Commander (KBE or DBE)

Commander (CBE)

Officer (OBE)

Member (MBE)

Over the years

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