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Birth Name: Brian May
Born: 07/19/1947
Birth Place: London, England, GB

Born July 19, 1947 in the English village of Hampton, London, Brian Harold May was the only child of electronics engineer Harold May and his wife, Ruth. He developed a keen interest in music from an early age, learning to play the banjolele, or banjo ukulele, and piano before his seventh birthday. However, the influence of British guitar hero Hank Marvin of the Shadows caused him to shift his affection to that instrument. Initially, he played a Spanish acoustic model, but in 1964, the teenaged May and his father began building a homemade guitar, constructed largely from wood taken from an 18th century fireplace mantel. The resulting instrument, dubbed the "Red Special," was designed to have ... Continue Bio >>

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