Queen’s Brian May shares 60 year old short hair picture with mum – ‘Treasure your parents’

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Brian May is well known for his long curly rock star hair, but have you ever wonder what he looked like before? Well, now the Queen guitarist has shared a touching picture of himself and his mother Ruth May from over 60-years-old. Sporting a good old-fashioned short back and sides is Brian aged 13.

Brian wrote on his Instagram account yesterday wishing fans a Happy Mother’s Day.

The 73-year-old shared: “This is my own dear Mum and me ‘After a dip at Sidmouth, 1960’.

“Photo by my dear ol’ Dad, Harold May. Yes – I miss them both terribly.

“Treasure your Mums and Dads, folks. Tell them you love them.”

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Brian added: “Get them to talk about your childhood (and theirs) on video. Right now.

“Ask them all the questions you never asked. Because one day the door will close … and there will be no one to ask. Bri.”

Last year, Brian shared a photo of himself with his parents Harold and Ruth backstage at Madison Square Garden in Queen’s heyday.

The 73-year-old shared how this was the moment his father finally accepted his chosen career path.

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Paying tribute to his father Harold, who would have been 99-years-old in 2020, Brian wrote: “Happy birthday to my dear Dad, Harold May.

“He was known as ‘Son’ to his family when he was a kid – probably because his father was also named Harold. But my Dad never knew his Dad.

“Harold May Senior returned from the trenches in World War I with lung damage from the poison gas which eventually proved fatal.

 “My Daddy would have been 99 today – but we lost him aged only 66 – a sad loss – he had so much left to do.”

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Brian continued: “He was a genius at handiwork and anything electrical – and of course he worked with me creating the Red Special guitar which has been with me all around the world many times over the last 50 years. Amazing.”

On the accompanying picture, he wrote: “It shows my Dad and my Mum backstage at Madison Square Garden.

“As I recounted in my QUEEN in 3-D book, this was the moment when my Dad finally shook my hand and said ‘OK – I get it now’.”

“A big moment for me, because my Dad had until that point been unable to accept the fact that I had thrown away my scientific career to become what he called a pop star. Happy Birthday dear Dad. Bri.”

May had been studying for a Physics PhD at Imperial College, London from 1970 to 1974. However, once Queen was having international success he abandoned the doctorate.

Nevertheless, in October 2006, May re-registered for his PhD at Imperial College, submitting his thesis in August 2007. The revived thesis was called A Survey of Radial Velocities in the Zodiacal Dust Cloud and was approved some 37 years after being started.

It turns out the submission was allowed because there had been little research on the topic in the intervening three decades and May finally graduated with his PhD from Imperial College as Dr Brian May on 14 May 2008.

No doubt his parents would be incredibly proud of their talented son.

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