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Freddie Mercury

Combining theatrics and an outrageously flamboyant stage persona with his fine natural-born talent (he possessed one of the greatest voices in all of music and penned some of pop's most enduring and instantly recognizable compositions), one of rock's greatest all-time entertainers/showmen was unquestionably Queen vocalist Freddie Mercury. Born Farrokh Bulsara on September 5, 1946, in Zanzibar to Persian parents (his father worked as a high court cashier for the British government), young Farrokh was nicknamed Freddie by fellow classmates while attending an English boarding school, and adopted the moniker. Freddie soon discovered his love for art and music, both subjects that he explored voraciously (he began taking piano lessons around this time), putting his newly found piano talent to use as he played in rock & roll bands with friends. Due to political upheaval in Zanzibar, Freddie and his family fled Zanzibar for England in 1964.

Back in England, Freddie enrolled in the Ealing College of Art and fell under the spell of guitar wizard Jimi Hendrix. It was while attending Ealing that Freddie befriended a fellow aspiring musician, bassist Tim Staffell, who was a member of a local band called Smile. Freddie soon began attending Smile's rehearsals and struck up a friendship with the group's other members, guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor. Inspired by his new friends, he began playing in bands himself (such as Ibex, Wreckage, and Sour Milk Sea, among others), but instead of just playing piano as he did back in Zanzibar, he began singing. To pay the bills, Freddie opened up a stall on Piccadilly Circus with Taylor, selling clothing geared toward fellow rock musicians. By 1970, Freddie had become frustrated that his music career had yet to blossom, and when he heard that Staffell had left Smile, Freddie promptly took his place, finally uniting musically with May and Taylor.

Inspired by the heavy rock of Led Zeppelin/Hendrix as well as the vocal harmonies of the Beatles and the over the top look of the burgeoning glam rock movement (David Bowie and T. Rex), the new group decided to mix up all these influences in one big melting pot, resulting in the formation of Queen. Sensing that it was only natural that a soon-to-be rock star should have an equally grand name, Bulsara soon became Freddie Mercury. The new band honed their sound throughout the early '70s (ultimately signing with EMI in England and Elektra in the U.S.), and after going through a succession of bassists, finally found a permanent member, John Deacon, just prior to the recording of their first album. But just before the release of Queen's self-titled debut in 1973, Freddie issued the solo single "I Can Hear Music"/"Going Back" (with his Queen bandmates backing him) under the pseudonym Larry Lurex. The single sank from view shortly after release, while Queen's debut fared little better. It was during an early Queen show that Freddie's mike stand accidentally snapped in half, and instead of replacing it, Mercury carried on with the damaged stand, which ultimately became an on-stage trademark for the singer. Dressed in outrageous Zandra Rhodes-designed threads, dolled up in makeup/eyeliner, and wearing black nail polish on his right hand, Freddie instantly stood out from the rest of the then-current rock pack. Although there was speculation about his sexuality throughout his career, Mercury refused to confirm or deny that he was bisexual during his lifetime.

Slowly but surely, Queen built up an enormous and dedicated worldwide following due to their bombastic stage show and such hit releases as 1974's Queen II and Sheer Heart Attack, but it was the Mercury-penned "Bohemian Rhapsody" off 1975's breakthrough A Night at the Opera that solidified Queen as one of rock's top bands. Further hit albums followed: 1976's A Day at the Races, 1977's News of the World, 1978's Jazz, and 1979's Live Killers, during which Freddie penned such hit songs (and eventual rock radio staples) as "Killer Queen," "Somebody to Love," "We Are the Champions," "Don't Stop Me Now," and "Crazy Little Thing Called Love." By the late '70s, Freddie had become one of rock's leading frontmen as his image changed from his early glam rock look to an image that was met with some consternation from fans: he cut his hair short, grew a mustache, and dressed in all leather. In addition to his work with Queen, Mercury fulfilled a longtime dream by performing with the Royal Ballet in October of 1979.

The '80s would prove to be puzzling time for Queen, as they kicked off the new decade with their biggest album yet, The Game -- scoring one of 1980's biggest hits, the dancefloor anthem "Another One Bites the Dust" -- and most successful tour. But instead of treating the successful musical experiment as a brief detour, Queen decided to explore dance music more thoroughly on their follow-up, Hot Space, resulting in their worst-selling release since Queen II. While Queen were quickly able to recapture their following everywhere in the world on the strength of such solid releases as 1984's The Works and 1986's A Kind of Magic (and a showstopping performance at the mammoth Live Aid benefit concert in 1985), the band's popularity in the U.S. dwindled considerably. Mercury also issued his first solo album in 1985, Mr. Bad Guy.

By the late '80s, Mercury was diagnosed with AIDS, but decided to keep his condition under wraps as he focused on recording further albums with Queen (1989's The Miracle and 1991's Innuendo) as well as issuing sporadic solo singles ("The Great Pretender," "Time") and an opera-meets-pop album with Montserrat Caballé entitled Barcelona. But by 1991, Mercury's battle with AIDS had taken a turn for the worse, and on November 24, 1991 (just one day after deciding to go public with his ailment), Mercury died at his home in London. On April 20, 1992, the surviving members of Queen organized a star-studded tribute concert for Mercury at Wembley Stadium (with all proceeds going to the newly founded AIDS benefit group The Mercury Phoenix Trust) featuring such Queen/Mercury admirers as Elton John, Guns N' Roses, Seal, Metallica, David Bowie, Robert Plant, Roger Daltrey, George Michael, and Liza Minnelli, among others. Shortly thereafter, Queen regained their footing in the U.S. when Hollywood Records reissued their entire catalog and "Bohemian Rhapsody" (and two compilations: Classic Queen and Greatest Hits) rocketed up the charts due to the song's inclusion in the movie Wayne's World. Up until his death, Mercury continued to write music with Queen, and surviving bandmembers completed several unfinished tracks for the 1995 posthumous release Made in Heaven. The '90s also saw the arrival of a few Mercury solo compilations: in 1992 the U.K. received The Freddie Mercury Album while the U.S. got The Great Pretender (both included mostly similar track listings) and a year later the six-track Remixes was issued in Europe only.

In 2000, a mammoth ten-CD/two-DVD box set was unveiled, titled The Solo Collection, collecting all of his solo tracks and promotional videos as well as rarities. Also released at the same time was the three-CD box set Freddie Mercury Solo and the DVD Video Collection, which included highlights from the bigger set. The more economical single-disc collection Very Best of Freddie Mercury Solo: Lover of Life, Singer of Songs appeared in 2006. In 2016, the double-disc collection Messenger of the Gods: The Singles brought together all of Mercury's solo A- and B-side singles. ~ Greg Prato
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Selected Discography


Track List: Messenger Of The Gods: The Singles Collection, Vol. 2


Track List: Messenger Of The Gods: The Singles Collection

1. Living On My Own (Single Edit)

2. The Great Pretender

3. In My Defence

4. Love Kills

5. Barcelona (Single Version)

6. Made In Heaven (Single Remix)

7. Time

8. Love Me Like There's No Tomorrow

9. I Was Born To Love You

10. The Golden Boy (Single Edit)

11. I Can Hear Music

12. How Can I Go On (Single Version)

13. Living On My Own (No More Brothers Radio Mix)


Track List: Lover Of Life, Singer Of Songs

1. In My Defence

2. Great Pretender

3. Living On My Own

4. Made In Heaven

5. Love Kills

6. There Must Be More To Life Than This

7. Guide Me Home

9. Foolin' Around

10. Time

12. Love Me Like There's No Tomorrow

13. I Was Born To Love You

15. Mr Bad Guy

16. Great Pretender

17. Love Kills

18. I Can Hear Music

19. Goin' Back

20. Guide Me Home


Track List: The Great Pretender

1. The Great Pretender

2. Foolin' Around

3. Time

4. Your Kind Of Lover

5. Exercises In Free Love

6. In My Defence

7. Mr. Bad Guy

8. Let's Turn It On

9. Living On My Own

10. My Love Is Dangerous

11. Love Kills


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Lady Gaga is really ugly
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That picture is beautiful ��
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This is an incomplete and incorrect bio - he actually lived in India, which is where both his parents were from, till the age of 17, having moved there from Zanzibar at a very young age. At the age of 12, at St. Peter's School in Panchgani (near Mumbai) he formed his first school band, The Hectics.

That said - what a fantaaaaasti c talent! Absolutely insanely gifted.
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RIP George Michael
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Rip.. still listen his music in 2016 ..theres alot of great classic rock songs i didnt know until now!! His voice is the greatest n him as a person!! They wrote all there songs what alot of artists these days dont do!!
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Rest in peace Freddie
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Rest in peace Freddie M
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Freddie is so amazing!
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Only a handful of people in real history have earned the right to be called truly fabulous. And Freddie Mercury..... . . . i s way more fabulous than most of those people.
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Love you Freddie!!!!!
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Nothing, no-one, nowhere has ever even come close to Fredddie. The world misses the great man!
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Freddie might be gone... but his music ain't. RIP
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R.I.P sir Freddie Mercury
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Freddie's pic is everything
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Love this song he was so amazing first time listening in 2016!!lol
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Every time I hear this song, my heart just soars with joy! Beautiful words...beau t i f u l voices. Wonderful!
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His voice is like no other. I can't stop listening. What a gift to the world.
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Beautiful voice. Angelic high notes! Rock on Freddie!!!! In heaven!
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He is the best
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He voice made me calm down... he song he face made me smile
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Truly a legend. You may not be with us today but your musical talent and spirit lives on! Freddie Forever❤️❤️❤
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Freddie is my life
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My heart belongs to Freddie
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Your so talented
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The greatest voice in rock music hands down
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He is ugly no offence
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He may no longer here but his music will be with us forever, what a talented singer. .. I love his music.
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I don't even I don't like his mustash ����
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I do not know who he is
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I am not going to like
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There are many great singers in history, but this man eclipsed them all. The range and depth is beyond inspiring.
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Voice so good
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i love you
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Wow his voice is so awesome
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Aka Freddie Mercury
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Farrokh Bulsara still lives this heart of mine
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Live on Freddie one of the best!
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Freddy may be gone, but he lives in of the best! We lost one of the greatest male vocalists of our time. What a shame. His death still bothers me..As long as we hear his music, he will live on.
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Awesome voice!
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I Love Freddie, he is the Love of my Life, he is the best of the best, he is unique.
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Patriots suck and patriots suck you big cheaters
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I miss that wonderful voice Freddie you have millions

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This man is a f**king legend. Live on Freddie!
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Matt mcandrew from the voice exactly sounds like Freddie mercury
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