1 January 1974 : Queen take off. It appears that Queen’s impact on the public last year was stronger than expected. They’re voted 3rd Best New British Artist and 9th Best New International Artist in the annual Sounds Readers’ Poll. In the NME Poll, they’re voted 2nd to Leo Sayer in the Most Promising Act category. The press suddenly find plenty to say about the band; their degrees, Brian’s teaching, Roger’s cute blue-eyed appeal and, of course, Freddie’s ‘gayness’. The latter, once hinted at, is of course immediately developed by Freddie, who starts camping up his image even more!

Source: Brian May. Com

Picture by Mick Rock 1974

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