Queen’s Freddie Mercury is a legend to rock music. Mercury was the lead singer and songwriter for Queen that originated in Britain. The band is known for their many hits such as “We are the Champions”, “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “Another One Bites the Dust”, “Killer Queen” and many more. Yet, there is a lot that Queen fans don’t know about the band, especially their famous icon, Freddie Mercury.
For starters, he changed his name from Farrokh Bulsara to Freddie Mercury. He knew at the start of his career that no one would remember a name like Farrokh. The name “Freddie” was catchier and “Mercury” which was the Messenger of God. Born on September 5th, 1946, in Zanzibar, Tanzania, India, Mercury attended boarding school in what was Bombay, now modern-day Mumbai, India. There he learned his first instrument, the piano, and shortly after he joined his first band, The Hectics. Both of his parents are Indian but they moved to Britain, where Mercury finished his schooling and attended college.
Mercury attended the Ealing College of Art, where he met his soon-to-be new bandmates. With his integrity, Mercury changed the band name to Queen and earned his place as frontman of the band. As time went on, the band was formed little by little. Each member had their own profession aside from just being in the band, all within the middle-class job range of London during that time. They Initially created Queen’s logo by combining all of their zodiac signs together.
Queen’s first performance was in college and the room was filled with all college students. The sound was unique and inviting and Mercury was taking the stage. That was the start of their newly founded career. The guitarist, Brian, had a friend who had opened up a new recording studio. He let Queen record their demos for free at night. They had recorded four high-quality songs, until one night, John Anthony and Roy Thomas overheard the band playing and offered them a record label with EMI after going back to their bosses and claiming they have found a new sound. To get Queen to start selling, the record company made them go on tour to gain popularity, but it wasn’t until their second album with its single “Seven Seas of Rhye” when the band gained a bit more of a crowd. Their third album, Sheer Heart Attack held Killer Queen, is what made the band’s career skyrocket. That was the moment Queen found it’s signature sound, full of different ranges of octaves, melodies, and insane guitar riffs.
Mercury met Mary Austin in 1969. They met when he was 24 and she was 19. She instantly stole his heart. For him, as the relationship grew, it felt like a marriage until he proposed to her on Christmas when she was 23. She said yes. Six years into their marriage, Austin had an odd feeling about Mercury’s sexuality. When he finally came out to her as bisexual in 1976, she claimed he was actually gay. They ended the marriage but still remained close friends.
On November 23rd, 1991, Mercury stated he has been tested HIV-positive and has AIDS. He wished for everyone to join together to fight the awful disease. He died the next day at age 45.
Although Freddie Mercury was an outgoing, flamboyant frontman, he was very quiet and shy off stage. This famous icon has transformed and shaped the way of how we know rock now. Having the integrity and dream to be something new and amazing, forever in our hearts, Freddie Mercury.