Freddie Mercury Bio
Freddie Mercury Biography
Who was Freddie Mercury?
Freddie Mercury (born with the name Farrokh Bulsara) was born on September 5th ,1946 (died the 24th of November, 1991), was a British singer, songwriter and record producer. He was mainly known for being the lead singer of the band, Queen, and his four-octave vocal range with flashy stage persona. Many people consider him one of the greatest singers or even the best singer of all time.
Freddie was born on September 5th, 1946 in Zanzibar to Parsi parents from India. Mercury spent most of his childhood in India where he took piano lessons ate the age of seven while living with relatives. At the age of eight, Mercury was sent to a British-style boarding school that was for boys. When he was 12 he had formed a school, band called The Hectics where he covered songs by rock and roll artists such as Cliff Richard and Little Richard. In February of 1963, he rejoined his parents in their flat/apartment in Zanzibar.
In 1964, Freddie and the rest of his family escaped Zanzibar due to the violence of the revolution for independence, in which thousands of ethnic Arabs and Indians were killed. They had moved into a small house in Feltham, Middlesex, England. After studying art in Isleworth Polytechnic in Western London, he studied graphic art and design at Ealing Art College. He eventually used his skills to design the logo for his future band, Queen.
After graduating, Freddie had joined a series of bands and sold second-hand clothes in the Kensington Market in the city of London, with his girlfriend, Mary Austin. He also had a job as a baggage hander at Heathrow Airport. Friends who knew him back then said he was a quiet and shy young man with lots of interest in music.
In April of 1970, Freddie teamed with Brian May (guitarist) and Roger Taylor (drummer) and became their lead singer of their band called Smile. Later, in 1971, they were joined by a bassist named John Deacon. Mercury then chose a new name for the band and eventually decided to name it “Queen”. Later, he said, “It’s very regal obviously, and it sounds splendid. It’s a strong name, very universal, and immediate. I was certainly aware of the gay connotations, but that was just one facet of it.” At about the same time as he made that statement he changed his surname from Bulsara to the now famous Mercury.
Death from Aids:
On November 23, 1991, Freddie had released a statement confirming he had aids: “I wish to confirm that I have been tested HIV-positive and have AIDS. I felt it correct to keep this information private to date to protect the privacy of those around me. However, the time has come now for my friends and fans around the world to know the truth and I hope that everyone will join with my doctors and all those worldwide in the fight against this terrible disease.” The day after that statement, Freddie Mercury had died from AIDS-related bronchial pneumonia at his London mansion. He died at the age of 45.
Longtime friend and bandmate, Roger Taylor provided some insight to Freddie’s decision to keep his battle with AIDS private. “He didn’t want to be looked at as an object of pity and curiosity, and he didn’t want circling vultures over his head,” Taylor said, according to a report in Entertainment Weekly. The rock world mourned the loss of one of its most versatile and engaging performers.
To honour Freddie Mercury, the Freddie Mercury Tribute: Concert for AIDS Awareness was held in April 1992, at Wembley Stadium. There was a variety of rock bands ranging from Def Leppard to Elton John and they performed to celebrate Mercury and advance the fight against AIDS. The same year that happened, their song Bohemian Rhapsody returned to the pop charts.