Say the name of Freddie Mercury is referring to one of the greatest rock icons that have existed on this planetHe was a musician, singer, composer, baritone and had all kinds of recognitions in life and posthumous.
His premature death was a blow to the world of music and rock, there has been no one close to his talent and much less to his voice, which has always been imitated and never equaled by other artists.
Who is Freddie Mercury and why is he one of the best vocalists in history?
Freddie Mercury was actually called Farrokh Bulsara, he was born on September 5, 1946 on the island of Zanzibar (Tanzania), located on the east coast of Africa and famous for its production of spices and fragrances.
Farrokh was a handsome boy, shy and very attached to his mother and little sister Kashmira, the latter was the figure he trusted until adolescence. Later he was sent to India to take classes at a British school.
Sports and music were his passion
He was fond of boxing and ping pong, but his love for music won him, so he took piano lessons, singing and entered the school choir where he demonstrated his powerful voice.
By 1962, lFreddie Mercury’s family decided to emigrate to the UK due to the outbreak of violence in Zanzibar, so the vocalist would never return to his native land.
For 1966 he met Tim Staffell, a boy from Ealing Art School who was part of a group called Smile, in which Brian May and Roger Taylor played. Freddie became a fan of the band and went to see them whenever he could.
After several unsuccessful attempts with various bands, by 1970, Brian and Roger asked Freddie to sing for their bandIn addition to his entry, Freddie changed the name of the group from Smile to Queen and that is where the history of the most famous rock opera band in the world begins.
Before he was a singer, he was a great designer
Let’s remember that Freddie Mercury studied graphic design, so he put all his effort into creating a logo that distinguishes the band from the others and the result was the one we all know now.
There are different interpretations of the logo, but the one that comes closest is one where the four zodiac signs of the band members stand out, that is, two lions for Roger and John, the two leos for the group, a crab for Brian May’s cancer sign and the nymphs that identified Freddie’s Virgo sign.
Further, there was a Phoenix Bird that simulated the birth of the band from the ashes of others, an image that many have in mind every time they see the name of Queen written.
Mary Austin, the eternal love of Freddie Mercury
By 1970, Mary Austin would come into Freddie’s life and she was his partner for seven years until the vocalist confessed his homosexuality. Despite this, the love of his life would spend with him until his last breath, something Mercury always appreciated.
After having countless successes with Queen, by 1980 the group already had eight studio albums and an entourage of loyal fans who waited for every song the band released.
“Queen”, “A Night At The Opera” and “Jazz” They would have at least three songs on the Billboard charts, so the band already had millionaire income and considered themselves rock stars by then.
But with fame and money also come vices, Freddie became addicted to various substances and to holding parties that sometimes lasted several days.
1982, the year Freddie was born soloist
In 1982, Queen decided to take a break and each member released solo albums, but Freddy’s went further. And thanks to the fact that he met Giorgio Moroder, he recorded “Skills”, a super danceable song that remains in the disco environment to date.
The year 1985 came, Freddie premiered “Mr. Bad Guy ”and by then he had also recorded with the opera diva Monserrat Caballé. July 13 is an unforgettable date, as Queen gave one of their best concerts at Live AID in Wembley.
The last live appearance
October 8, 1988 would be the last time Freddie appeared live in some presentation, since by then AIDS had developed, a disease that he began to suffer from two years earlier.
Freddie decided to seclude himself at home, the deterioration of his health was becoming more noticeable and the medications he was prescribed did not work.. Only Mary Austin, the members of Queen and a few close people knew that the end of her life was coming.
One day before his death, Freddie revealed to the world that he had suffered from AIDS for several years. He died in his bed at 7:00 p.m. on November 24, 1991 as a result of pneumonia that he could not overcome.
Tributes and more tributes Freddie received after his death
After Freddie’s death, some artists of the stature of Elton John, Guns N ‘Roses, Seal, Metallica, David Bowie, Robert Plant, Roger Daltrey, George Michael and Liza Minnelli, gathered to pay a warm tribute to the late singer.
For your fans, Freddie left a better gift, the album “Made In Heaven” which captures the last moments of the singer and his voice looks better than ever despite the advanced disease he suffered.
Definitely, Freddie Mercury’s life was a party, since he was a child he loved sports and music, and the legacy that he left makes him a true legend on this planet.