Freddie Mercury

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Freddie Mercury

Mercury performing in 1977
Background information
Birth name Farrokh Bulsara
Born 5 September 1946(1946-09-05)
Stone Town, Zanzibar
Origin London, England
Died 24 November 1991(1991-11-24) (aged 45)
Kensington, London, England
Genres Rock
Occupations Singer, songwriter, record producer
Instruments Vocals, piano, keyboards, guitar
Years active 1969–91
Associated acts Queen
Freddie Mercury signature

Freddie Mercury (5 September 1946[1] – 24 November 1991)[2] was an English singer and songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist 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 Romi 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 though 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. They had been 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]

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