Nick Name: Freddie Mercury, Frederick Bulsara, Queen
Birthday: September 5, 1946
Famous: Quotes By Freddie Mercury Died Young
Also Known As: Frederick Freddie Mercury, Farrokh Bulsara, Freddie Bulsara, Frederick Bulsara, Fred Bulsara
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died At Age: 45
Born In: Stone Town
Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Height: 1.77 M
Spouse/Ex-: Jim Hutton, Mary Austin
Father: Bomi Bulsara
Mother: Jer Bulsara
Siblings: Kashmira Cooke
Died On: November 24, 1991
Place Of Death: Kensington
Cause Of Death: AIDS
Freddie Mercury was a famous singer and songwriter known for his performances as the lead artiste of the rock-and-roll band, 'Queen'. He was musically inclined from a very young age, and according to acquaintances, he had the ability to listen to any song and play the tune on the piano. After singing for a few short-lived bands, he formed his own music group called 'Queen', along with musicians Brian May and Roger Taylor. The band became quite popular in the 70s, belting out hits like 'Bohemian Rhapsody' and 'We Are the Champions'. This incredible singer was famous for his live concerts, having performed in over 700 such shows. His performances were marked by his flamboyant personality on stage and his vocal range. 'Mercury: The Afterlife and Times of a Rock God' is a monodrama about this great singer's life. He has also been named by 'BBC' as one of the '100 Greatest Britons', and by the 'Rolling Stone' magazine as one of the 'Top 100 Singers of All Time'. Since he was the first celebrity rock artiste to have succumbed to AIDS, several organizations, including 'The Mercury Phoenix Trust', founded by 'Queen' band members, have organized concerts to raise funds for research in the field
Childhood & Early Life
Freddie Mercury was born Farrokh Bulsara, to Parsi parents, Bomi and Jer Bulsara, on September 5, 1946, in the British territory of the Sultanate of Zanzibar, a part of present day Tanzania. Farrokh, his younger sibling Kashmira, and their parents were practising Zoroastrians.
The young boy was brought up in India, where he was taught the piano at the tender age of seven. He was educated at the 'St. Peter's School' in Panchgani, near Mumbai, beginning 1954. Having always loved music, one of his earliest idols was Indian singer, Lata Mangeshkar.
While in school, Farrokh began referring to himself as Freddie, and in 1958, he formed a music group, 'The Hectics'. The band performed rock and roll songs sung by artistes Little Richard and Cliff Richard.
In 1963, Farrokh went back to his hometown, to live with his parents, but soon, the family had to escape from there, after the commencement of the 'Zanzibar Revolution', meant to depose the Arab Sultan. They settled down in town of Feltham, England, living in a small house.
Freddie began pursuing a course in art from West London's 'Isleworth Polytechnic', which is presently known as 'West Thames College'. He graduated with a diploma in Art and Graphic Designing from the 'Ealing Art College'.
Once he graduated, he earned his living by selling old clothes in London's 'Kensington Market', working at the 'Heathrow Airport'. He also performed for various music bands, like 'Ibex', and 'Sour Milk Sea'.
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