Brian Harold May was the only child of Harold and Ruth May, was born on July 19th 1947 in Hampton, London and attended Hampton Grammar School (now Hampton School).
During this time he formed his first band with vocalist and bassist Tim Staffell named Nineteen Eighty-Four (from 1964 to 1968) after George Orwell's novel of the same name. He graduated from Hampton Grammar School with ten GCE Ordinary Levels and four Advanced Levels in Physics, Mathematics, Applied Mathematics and Additional Mathematics.
Above: Brian with his hand-made 'Red Special' guitar. The original Red Special was built by Brian May himself along with his father. They began to work on the guitar in August 1963. Most of the wood came from an 18th century fireplace mantel that a friend of the family was about to throw away.
Brian May - guitar
Dave Dilloway – bass guitar
Bill Richards - guitar
Malcolm Childs - guitar
John 'Jag' Garnham - guitar
Richard Thompson - drums
Tim Staffell – vocals, harmonic
1964 - Brian's beat group "1984" at an airfield in Hertfordshire. Bri's the one in the cardigan with the guitar.