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Author, rock journalist, and paranormal researcher Susan Masino discussed the legendary rock band Queen, their flamboyant lead singer Freddie Mercury, and how their music has influenced people for generations. Masino said that Mercury was bullied in school for his pronounced overbite, but undaunted, formed his first band, "the Hectics," at age 12. Mercury was convinced that his unusual mouth was an important part of his unique voice and refused any dental work to fix it. She documented the early history of Queen and how the members met over time, first forming a band called "Smile." Mercury changed the name to Queen, because she said, "it sounded regal, universal and immediate."
Masino said that Queen "had everybody in place" (as far as the band members) and signed with Elektra records in 1973. Their first album did not sell very well. When their signature song, "Bohemian Rhapsody" was released, the record company did not want to promote the single, because they "didn’t know what it meant," and it was far too long for normal radio play. Masino remarked that Queen’s guitarist, Brian May, is "right up there" with the best rock musicians in history, and that he once described the band as "4 painters with a brush each, but one canvas," which led to occasional friction, but that they were more like a family than a band. Mercury died of complications from AIDS in 1991, leaving the bulk of his estate to his best friend Mary Austin and a million dollars to his domestic partner Jim Hutton.