I am Tim Staffell, a musician and artist. I was the lead singer and bassist in Smile, the band which became Queen after my college friend Freddie Mercury took my place.
I was the original lead singer and bassist in the late ’60s band Smile with Brian May and Roger Taylor. When I left Smile to pursue different musical projects in 1970, my college friend Freddie Bulsara – later Mercury – took my place, later renaming the band to Queen.
The Bohemian Rhapsody biopic, in cinemas now, tells this story. Jack Roth plays a young me singing at a Smile concert. I re-recorded new vocal and bass parts at Abbey Road Studios in May 2018 for this scene and the official soundtrack.
Following my departure from Smile, I went on to collaborate with many renowned musicians including Colin Peterson (Bee Gees), Snowy White (Pink Floyd, Thin Lizzy), Morgan Fisher (The Love Affair, Mott the Hoople), Chaz Jankel (Ian Dury & The Blockheads), Jonathan Kelly, and others.
During the ’80s and ’90s I was also involved in creative work away from music, as a designer, sculptor, illustrator, animator and commercial director, especially for television and film special effects. Among the projects I worked on were the BBC television adaptation of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and I was the head modelmaker for the first series of the children’s TV show Thomas the Tank Engine.
I never stopped playing and making music. In 2003 I released my first solo album, aMIGO, which featured guest performances from Brian May. I have just released the second, Two Late.
Some photos for proof: (sorry for the potato quality)