Freddie Mercury

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Freddie Mercury

Mercury in 1978
Background information
Birth name Farrokh Bulsara
Born 5 September 1946(1946-09-05)
Stone Town, Zanzibar
Origin London, England, UK
Died 24 November 1991(1991-11-24) (aged 45)
Kensington, London, England
Genres Rock
Occupations Musician, singer-songwriter, producer
Instruments Vocals, piano, keyboards, guitar
Years active 1969–1991
Associated acts Queen
Freddie Mercury signature

Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara 5 September 1946[1] – 24 November 1991)[2] was British rock musician, the lead singer for British rock band Queen.

Life and career[change | change source]

Childhood[change | change source]

Mercury was born in Stone Town in Zanzibar in Africa.[1] His parents were Jer and Romi Bulsara. They were both Persian. His father worked as a High Court cashier in the government. Mercury had a younger sister named Kashmira. His friends at school gave him the name "Freddie." His family then began calling him Freddie, too.

At the young age of eight, Mercury was sent to a boarding school in India.[1] The school, St. Peters English Boarding school in Panchgani, was around 50 miles outside of the city of Bombay (now called Mumbai). He grew up to be an amazing artist, and sportsman. At the age of ten he was named the school champion of Table Tennis. At the age of twelve he received a trophy called the Junior All-rounder.

Music career[change | change source]

Mercury was more interested in music than anything else. He listened to anything he could find. He soon got the schooling he needed to be able to help his music career. He joined a choir and started learning how to play the piano. Like any young school-bound music prodigy, he liked music much more than his school work. He had a 4 octave vocal range. That is very large for anyone, but especially large for a man.

Mercury moved to London with his family in 1964.[1] He went to art college.[1] While in London, he became very fond of a woman named Mary Austin. They had a loving and meaningful relationship together for many years. They lived together before and after the band Queen took off and they moved into a house in London nicknamed "The Court of King Freddie". Mary still lives in that house and allows fans to visit the house on the day of Mercury's death each year.

Mercury was in love with a local barber when he died. They were happy in a loving relationship of six years when it was learned by the media that Mercury had AIDS. One day after the news was broadcast, Mercury died of bronchopneumonia caused by AIDS on 24 November 1991.[2]

Other websites[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "Mother's fond memories of Queen star Freddie". BBC News. November 20, 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-21.
  2. 2.0 2.1 O'Donnell, Jim (1991). "THE END OF QUEEN: BRIAN MAY ON THE DEATH OF FREDDIE MERCURY". The Rock and Roll Journal. Retrieved 2009-11-21.