The only thing I'd say in my defence is that I was never destructively jealous. Mercury was a fan of Smile and would frequently attend their performances. However in 1970, Tim took the decision to leave the band, which replaced him with Freddie Mercury. In an interview with Esquire, Staffell—who released an album last year and is prepping another in 2019—explains the true story of how he left Smile, how Queen was formed, and the details Bohemian Rhapsody left out or changed. He enthusiastically meets up with Smile after their show, conveniently just minutes after Staffell [Jack Roth] quits. Staffell said he was approached by the film’s producers to include Smile’s original track “Doin’ Alright,” which was initially recorded in 1969. “He used to perform on stage, which is something I actually never did. He was always a lovely, lovely guy. I certainly didn’t have the stage presence that Freddie was beginning to develop at the time. Of course, that's unrealistic. I have no trouble at all with the need to develop a screenplay that creates the right emphasis and the right dependencies. I've made two albums since the turn of the millennia and maintained a writing career in music. Home » Celebrities » Freddie Mercury's pal Tim Staffell says 'Bohemian Rhapsody' was 'the right way to do it'. “He wasn’t the flamboyant character that he later became… We were both working musicians, even though we were semi-professional ones. As well as making the models of most of the engine characters, he made models for the human characters and an early model of a truck. But the story that audiences have seen in the movie—which broke box-office records for the highest-grossing music biopic—isn't the real one. In 1965, Staffell began a graphics and drawing course at Ealing Art College where he became friends with Freddie Mercury, whilst May enrolled at Imperial College, London. I was drifting towards listening to jazz and blues. (That's Tim Staffell's voice in the movie; he recorded a version of the song for Bohemian Rhapsody.) In 2018, Staffell was invited to record his part of the song titled "Doing Alright ... Revisited" for the Queen biographical movie Bohemian Rhapsody along with his two former bandmates Brian May and Roger Taylor. So it was me singing and me playing, dubbing the new bass line and then Brian put some more guitar over it. It was kids making it up in their garages, in their living rooms. Thomas the Tank Engine Wikia is a FANDOM TV Community. “I was able to provide the vocal and bass guitar for the movie. In July 2019, 'aMIGO’ was re-released (with a live studio version of the song 'Just Couldn't Say) as a Remastered Special Edition CD by MOSCODISC with new digipack sleeve, In late 2019/early 2020, together with Paul Stewart, who had previously worked with the British Rhythm & Blues band 'The Others', Staffell recorded an album 'How High' under the band name of Staffell & Stewart; containing a mixture of original material and reimagined Rhythm & Blues Classics, "Queen – Doing All Right lyrics | Musixmatch – The world's largest lyrics catalog", "Review: Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Soundtrack is More Than Just a Greatest Hits", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Tim_Staffell&oldid=965906691, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 4 July 2020, at 03:54. After high school, the band broke up, but Staffell and May stuck together, and eventually found a drummer named Roger Taylor to form a new group called Smile.  Staffell and May co-wrote the song "Doing All Right", which Queen included on their eponymous debut album. (Getty), “He was kind of shy really,” he recalled. [Editor's note: Live Aid took place in 1985, but Mercury didn't learn he had AIDS until 1987.]. Discover the real story, facts, and details of Tim Staffell. He later left to join bands "Humpy Bong" and "Morgan", and when Freddie Mercury and John Deacon joined "Smile", it was renamed "Queen". [Editor's note: Live Aid took place in 1985, but Mercury didn't learn he had AIDS until 1987.] Following his tenure with Smile, Staffell joined Humpy Bong and then the experimental progressive rock outfit Morgan, with whom he released the albums Nova Solis and Brown Out (later retitled The Sleeper Wakes).. I remember going to one of Freddie’s bands in Liverpool at the time. He's serious about pulling this off. I am Tim Staffell, a musician and artist. It created the feeling of the '60s, by making the whole thing feel more raw than the original. Tim Staffell (circled) was the frontman of the band Smile, alongside guitarist Brian May. *Disclosure: Some of the links above are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, Fandom will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase. Almost everybody in the social circle was a musician. While May and Taylor are initially skeptical of the stranger with too-big teeth, Mercury’s powerful pipes instantly compelled them to welcome him into the band. Tim Staffell. … And it compresses 15 years really well into two hours. That’s one of my endearing memories.”. “… I didn’t really regret it. The English rock artist is enjoying newfound attention after he was briefly depicted in the Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody,” which shrugged off production troubles and mediocre reviews to debut with $50 million in weekend ticket sales in U.S. and Canada, and another $72.5 million internationally. Tim Staffell (center) Brian May (left) and Roger Taylor of Smile. As long as the emotional charge is retained, then it's fine. Among the projects upon which he worked were the BBC television adaptation of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and he was the chief model maker for the first series of the children's TV show Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends. Although the band was together for only two years, it has an important place in music history as the rock group that laid the foundation of what would become Queen. At the end of the movie, there's a poignancy to Freddie being aware that he had AIDS, during the triumph of Live Aid. Staffell’s beloved friend passed away in 1991 at age 45 from AIDS. The band performing is Smile, playing its original song "Doin' Alright," which was later re-recorded by Queen. “Freddie had his own band. © 2019 EsquireMag.ph, All Rights Reserved, Matt Miller is the Associate Culture Editor for Esquire.com. There was none of that avarice for fame. February 24 Birthdays. Brian May. First Name Tim. What I really wanted to do was write songs, record them in the studio and maybe do the odd gig close to home. 1972: Morgan - Nova Solice July 7th 1972 Nova Solice RCA Victor LISP 3454 Theme Floating Take – Off Asteroid Earth (Old Smile track) Hyperspace Nova … Left to right: Bruce Sanderson (with eye patch), Paul Humbertone, Brian May (sitting on bonnet), Pete Edmunds, Tim Staffell, Clive Armitage and Paul Fielder. Rock Singers. 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And it was fantastic for all of us. Community content is available under. “Although Queen did the song in their first album, the style of the performance in the film needed to be more related to the vintage Smile version,” said Staffell. This post is often updated with new information on Tim Staffell’s estimated income, salary and earnings. Smile (reunion) - Earth (Roger Taylor & Tim Staffell & Brian May - 22/12/1992) What Happened To Tim Staffell? This story originally appeared on Esquire.com. Freddie had a way of drawing his lips back over his teeth. “I was living with my wife at that point and it was becoming very apparent that what little money I was getting from music just wasn’t paying the bills,” he said. Between 1968, when the band was formed, and 1970, when Staffell left, Smile was a powerful voice in the '60s London rock scene.