Freddie Mercury (1946 – 1991) was a British-Indian mercurysinger-songwriter, pianist, guitarist and co-founder of the rock band Queen. As a performer, he was known for his vocal abilities (he had a rare four-octave range) and flamboyant stage performances. He dressed in a range of extravagant costumes and was a supreme entertainer. As a songwriter, he composed many international hits, including “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “Killer Queen”, “Somebody to Love”, “Don’t Stop Me Now”, “We Are the Champions” and “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”.
In addition to his work with Queen, he also led a solo career and was occasionally a producer and guest musician (piano or vocals) for other artists. In his second solo album Barcelona (1988) he fused both opera and pop, causing a mixture of critical responses. However, it proved a great commercial success. Mercury, who was of Parsi descent, he was born in Zanzibar and grew up in India. He has been referred to as “Britain’s first Asian rock star.” He died of bronchopneumonia induced by HIV (AIDS) on 24 November 1991, only one day after publicly acknowledging he had the disease – at a time when there was stigma over Aids. His boyfriend, later said Mercury had been diagnosed with HIV in 1987.
An extrovert on stage, he was introverted off the stage. He rarely gave interviews and kept himself to himself. He was bisexual and had a long-term relationship with Mary Austin. In 2006, Time Asia named him as one of the most influential Asian heroes of the past 60 years, and he continues to be cited as one of the greatest singers in the history of popular music. In 2008, Rolling Stone ranked Mercury eighteenth on its List of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.
Bohemian Rhapsody (2018 biographical film about the British rock band Queen) has grossed over $401 million worldwide on a production budget of about $50 million. It is the highest-grossing musical biographical film of all time. The film received mixed reviews from critics; its portrayals of Mercury's life and sexuality and of the other band members were criticised, but Rami Malek's performance and the music sequences received praise. Several historical inaccuracies were also highlighted.
Queen's Greatest Hits (released worldwide on 26 October 1981) was an instant success, peaking at number one on the UK Albums Chart for four weeks. It has spent 833 weeks in the UK Charts, and is the best-selling album of all time in the UK, selling over six million copies. It is certified eight times platinum in the United States, and is Queen's most commercially successful album worldwide with over 25 million copies sold, making it one of the best-selling albums of all time. Radiohead guitarist Ed O'Brien hailed the UK edition of Greatest Hits as "impeccable" and "absolutely genius", while British journalist Brian Viner called it the greatest album of all time.
1. "Bohemian Rhapsody" (from A Night at the Opera, 1975)
2. "Another One Bites the Dust" (from The Game, 1980)
3. "Killer Queen" (from Sheer Heart Attack, 1974)
4. "Fat Bottomed Girls" (single version, from Jazz, 1978)
5. "Bicycle Race" (from Jazz, 1978)
6. "You're My Best Friend" (from A Night at the Opera, 1975)
7. "Don't Stop Me Now" (from Jazz, 1978)
8. "Save Me" (Single Version on 1981 Release only, from The Game, 1980)
9. "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" (from The Game, 1980)
10. "Somebody to Love" (from A Day at the Races, 1976)
11. "Now I'm Here" (from Sheer Heart Attack, 1974)
12. "Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy" (from A Day at the Races, 1976)
13. "Play the Game" (from The Game, 1980)
14. "Flash" (single version, from Flash Gordon, 1980)
15. "Seven Seas of Rhye" (from Queen II, 1974)
16. "We Will Rock You" (from News of the World, 1977)
17. "We Are the Champions" (from News of the World, 1977)
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