Freddie Mercury

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Freddie Mercury
Freddie Mercury performing in New Haven, CT, November 1977.jpg
Mercury performing in 1977
Born Farrokh Bulsara
(1946-09-05)5 September 1946
Stone Town, Zanzibar
Died 24 November 1991(1991-11-24) (aged 45)
Kensington, London, England
Musical career
Genres Rock
  • Singer-songwriter
  • record producer
  • Vocals
  • piano
Years active 1969–91
Associated acts Queen
Freddie Mercury signature

Freddie Mercury (5 September 1946[1] – 24 November 1991)[2] was a British singer, songwriter and record producer, best known as the lead singer of the 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 Bomi Bulsara. They were both Persian. His father worked as a cashier in the British Colonial Office, a branch of 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 age eight, Mercury was sent to a boarding school in India.[1] The school, St. Peters English Boarding school in Panchgani, was about 50 miles outside the city of Bombay (now called Mumbai). He began to show talent as an artist and a sportsman. At age ten, he was named the school champion of Table Tennis. When he was twelve, he received a trophy called the Junior All-rounder.

Music career[change | change source]

While in school he joined a choir and began to learn to play the piano. He had a four octave vocal range. To be able to reach very high notes while singing is unusual for a man.

In 1964, Mercury moved to London with his family.[1] He studied art at Ealing Art College.[3] While in London, he became fond of Mary Austin, a woman he met through his guitarist, Brian May. They lived together for several years before and after the band became famous. They moved into a house in London nicknamed "The Court of King Freddie". Mary still lived in that house after she and Mercury broke up.

Mercury was in love with a local barber when he died. He had been with him in a relationship for six years when it was learned by the media that Mercury had AIDS. One day after the news was broadcast, Mercury died of a type of pneumonia caused by AIDS, on 24 November 1991.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "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. 
  3. Mark Brown, Art correspondent (19 June 2014). "Culture Art and design National Portrait Gallery From Mercury to mauve: National Portrait Gallery showcases Ealing links". The Guardian UK (US link. Retrieved 6 August 2014. 

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