[ 2007-01-04 10:50 ]
flamboyant rock group Queen upstaged the Beatles to win the title of "Greatest
British Band of All Time" in a vote organized by BBC Radio.
Queen garnered 400 more votes than the Beatles when more
than 20,000 listeners were asked to choose from among five bands that also
included the Rolling Stones, Take That and Oasis.
The five emerged from a list of thousands of nominations.
Each group was judged on song-writing, lyrics, live performances, originality
and showmanship during a three-hour
show in which people voted by email, text and phone.
The Rolling Stones came third in the vote, followed by Oasis in fourth and
Take That in fifth.
A BBC spokesman said the vote for Queen had been boosted by a celebrity
nomination from teen favourites McFly, who said they had been inspired by the
Queen, led by their iconic frontman Freddie Mercury who died from an
AIDS-related illness in 1991, released a string of hits through the 1970s, 1980s