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Here's a very quick biography of Freddie Mercury:-
The King of Queen was born Farookh Bulsara on September 5th 1946.
His birth place was the Island of Zanzibar, a tropical paradise off the East coast of Africa, famed for its exotic spices.
His parents were from Persia and were Zoroastrians, followers of the prophet Zoroaster.
Freddie won a beautiful baby contest at the age of 1.
When Freddie was 8, he was sent to school in Bombay and attended St. Peters English boarding school.
Freddie was a brilliant boxer believe it or not and changed to Table tennis after his mother told him to stop as it was too violent - He was the school champion at the age of ten.
At age twelve he was the schools Best Junior All - Rounder and was awarded a trophy for his achievements.
He also played piano and sang in the school choir.
He formed his first band, The Hectics and played at school dances and fetes during his years at St. Peters.
He began to develop a theatrical style that would make him such a great performer by taking part in all school theatre productions.
He loved to listen to mystical Indian music, classical music and a smattering of rock and roll that was just beginning to take the west by storm.
When Freddie was 18 - in 1964, Freddie and his family fled from the violence in Zanzibar and ended up in England - they made their home in Feltham in Middlesex London.
Freddie’s parents stayed in that house even after he became a superstar.
In 1966 Freddie attended Ealing Art School - he was remembered by classmates as the kid with the goofy teeth and always using his ruler pretending he was Jimi Hendrix playing guitar. Later in life Freddie said his two greatest influences were Jimi Hendrix and Lisa Minelli.
In 1968 Freddie went along to a gig by a group called Smile - that's when he first met Brian May & Roger Taylor who played with Smile. He quickly became their number one groupie and followed them everywhere.
In 1969 he began singing for a group called Ibex - it didn't last long as they were making no money...They had a disastrous performance at a grammar school and that was the end of Ibex. He moved onto a group called Sour Milk Sea and sang with them for a while and when they broke up he formed his own group, Wreckage - which didn't last too long.
Freddie and Roger Taylor were still good friends and opened up a stall in Kensington market selling paintings and clothes.
In April 1970 Smiles lead singer dropped out of the band and Freddie jumped in to take his place. And so in 1971 Queen came into being when John Deacon joined on bass.
The name Queen was Freddie’s idea - the rest of the band thought it too camp but Freddie insisted it was very regal and would be a strong name.
He also decided that he needed a new name and so Freddie Mercury was born.
Mercury was the mythical messenger of the Roman gods and Freddie believed that his songs would have divine inspiration.
Freddie also came up with the logo for the group - He based his design on the four band members’ birth signs.
Brian was a cancer - Roger and John both Leos and Freddie was a Virgo - So his finished logo featured two lions holding up a ‘Q’ around a crown. There was a crab on top and two fairies (for Virgo) playing at the bottom. Rising behind it all was a phoenix - a symbol of Queens success rising out of the ashes of Ibex, Smile, Sour Milk Sea and Wreckage.
They did the usual rounds of clubs and pubs until in 1972 they were talent spotted by executives from Trident Audio Productions, who managed to swing a deal for them with record industry giants EMI.
The group strutted around stage wearing silk costumes and dripping with jewellery - they painted their nails black. Black & white became a theme for the band and their ever growing loyal groupies.
Their debut single was ‘Keep Yourself Alive’ and it flopped - So did their first album ‘Queen’. Their second album ‘Queen II ‘ did better and pulled up sales of their first album with it. Their first success came in 1974, with ‘ Seven Seas of Rye’ and from then on Queen never looked back.
The album ‘Sheer Heart Attack’ and the single from it ‘Killer Queen’ were huge hits. Next came the phenomenon of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’.
Bohemian Rhapsody was so long (6 minutes long) that EMI thought no radio station would play it - the band refused to cut the song. Kenny Everett played the song on air and it created so much demand that EMI were forced to release it.
Freddie said the meaning of the song was personal and would comment no further on its strange lyrics.
It was released on an album called ‘A Night at the Opera’ and was the most expensive album ever made.
Queen later released another album called ‘A Day at the Races’ - both titles were taken from the classic movies by the Marx Brothers. Queen had to write to Groucho Marx to ask his permission to use the movie titles.
After ‘Bohemian Rhapsody', Queen were rock royalty.
The group recorded an average of one album a year from 1973 to 1991.
Queen are credited with the invention of ‘stadium rock’.
Freddie can take credit for making Queen the band they were. He wrote many of their smash hits and composed ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, We Are the Champions’ and ‘Another One Bites the Dust’. Freddie was the bands showman - he relished the attention and performed with gusto. He would appear on stage dressed in outrageously revealing costumes. He loved to wear white or silver leotards and cat-suits, velvet trousers, hot pant shorts, tights, leather jackets and always displaying his thick hairy chest.
Part of Freddie’s leather outfit was blue or red knee pads which he would wear over red or black leather trousers.
When the band played the Liverpool Empire Freddie wore one red and one blue knee pad - to keep both the Liverpool and the Everton supporters happy.
Freddie’s favourite pose was standing at the front of the stage, arms akimbo and his legs spread, and his head cocked to one side. He would prance about as though dancing his own ballet.
He was a charasmatic man and as he sang his way though happiness, love, pain, depression, so his audience would be pulled along with him on his emotional roller-coaster.
In September 1975, Queen performed at a free outdoor concert in London’s Hyde Park - It remains the biggest concert ever held in the park - as many as 200,000 fans turned up to see the gig. He appeared in a tight white leotard and changed half way through for an identical one with a diamante - studded crotch.
When the gig was over the crowd went mad for more - Freddie was threatened with jail from the Police if he returned to the stage - He thought about doing it but realised that being thrown in jail in tights and a leotard was probably not a good idea.
Freddie always loved ballet. He was a special fan of the Royal Ballet and a close friend of one of the principal dancers. Freddie was approached by the ballet and asked to join the dancers for a charity concert - He began a regime of exercises and danced to ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and a new song called ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’ both played by the orchestra - the performance was a resounding success and Freddie was given a standing ovation.
Freddie was famous for his showmanship and posing - Queen was one of the highlights of the biggest concert ever - The Live Aid Concert in 1985 aimed at raising money for famine relief. After the show Bob Geldof, the concerts organiser described Queen as the biggest band on the planet. The event had been the perfect stage for Freddie, who was able to pose in front of the whole world.
In 1980 Freddie changed his image. He realised he was homosexual and decided to adopt a ‘gay’ look. He cut his long hair, grew a moustache and stopped painting his fingernails. The fans loved his new look so much the bands office was flooded with gifts of razor blades. After the first gig they did in Vancouver Canada, the audience bombarded the stage with disposable razors.
Freddie always made key contributions to the bands videos - He loved to dress up and play different characters, and the videos gave him the opportunity to ham it up in front of the cameras. But he also appreciated the importance of a good video to the success of a single. One of the most extreme videos they made was ‘I Want To Break Free’ -The whole group dressed up in drag. Freddie himself wore a tight pink jumper, false breasts and a skimpy black mini skirt. The video featured him vacuuming the floor of a living room.
In 1978, Queen was recording in Nice, during the time they were there the Tour De France passed through - that inspired Freddie to write ‘Bicycle Race’. It was released as a double A side with ‘Fat Bottomed Girls’ written by Brian May. They arranged to hold a race of their own with 65 naked women taking part, in a football stadium in London. The cover picture of the album caused such outrage that each copy had to have black panties painted on the women.
‘The Miracle’ video was a great success - the band auditioned kids who looked like them when they were kids. Freddie’s child double was dressed up in his trademark leotard and black leather jacket and pranced and strutted about the stage in a very close imitation of the singer himself. " The resemblance was quite frightening" Freddie said.
All the members of Queen wrote songs but Freddie provided real leadership for the group. He risked alienating their fans with hits ‘Tie Your Mother Down’ and ‘Radio Ga Ga’ but Freddie was not going to be beaten - he stood his ground and the songs were huge hits.
Freddie had a musical career separate from Queen - His most famous solo work was with Montserrat Caballe, the Spanish opera singer. Freddie loved opera and met up with Caballe for lunch - he played her some of his music, and Caballe suggested they record an album together. She also asked Freddie to write a song for her about her home city. That song was the world famous ‘ Barcelona’. The song was chosen for the official theme tune for the1992 Barcelona Olympics. After he made the album with Caballe Freddie said it was one of the most fulfilling experiences of his musical career.
Off stage Freddie’s life was as over the top as his performances on stage. His partying was legendary – Freddie’s parties were known as the most extravagant ever. It was standard for him to splash out 50,000 pounds on drinks and entertainments. One party cost 200,000 pounds. Freddie loved to party because he loved to make others happy.
Freddie’s 40th birthday party was held in Munich - He told all the male guests to come in drag and he came as a Bavarian officer - his jacket glittering with medals and his trousers covered in huge diamond shapes. He had the party videoed as he wanted to use it in his next solo video ‘Living On My Own’.
The video was scrapped as many of the people at the party feared their antics at the party would cause trouble or offence.
On Freddie’s 41st birthday he celebrated on the island of Ibiza, off the coast of Spain. For his party he flew his friends and family there in a DC-9 Jet. There were 500 guests at his party and a huge firework display blazed Freddie’s name over the Mediterranean sky, and he was treated to a 20-foot birthday cake.
Freddie was a certified shopaholic. He said " I love to spend, spend, spend, after all that's what money is there for".
On many occasions he would fly to Japan for shopping sprees - on one occasion he spent 25,000 on antiques and art and 100,000 pounds on a 144 piece dinner set.
Freddie was passionate bout fine art, he amassed a collection that was among the best in private collections in Britain.
His Kensington home cost him 500,000 pounds which he paid in cash when he bought it, He was later offered a million pounds to sell it, but refused.
It had eight bedrooms, four marble bathrooms, a jacuzzi and a minstrels gallery. But Freddie’s bedroom was his most special room in the house - it was his inner sanctum...It was created by knocking three of the original rooms together. It had a colonnade of Romanesque columns and an emperor sized bed - which had to be hoisted up to the top floor of the house by a crane. Above the bed was a system of lights controlled from a complicated electric console. With it, Freddie could create moods to fit his own. One of the bathrooms was fitted with black marble streaked with gold, another with orange marble.
The refurbishing of the house took years - but when it was finally ready, Freddie moved in for a week-end to see how it felt. He never moved out.
He lived there with his beloved cats, Oscar and Tiffany and his house became his sanctuary towards the end of his life, as he put the days of wild partying and high living behind him.
By 1986, Freddie had abandoned his life of excess. He wouldn't admit to the world he had Aids but people were beginning to suspect something was wrong. That year he said he was sick of touring but the truth was Freddie knew he was dying. He no longer had the strength to strut about the stage as though he was an immortal who would live forever.
His public appearances became rarer as he became a recluse in his Kensington home. When he turned up at the studio for the recording of ‘I'm Going Slightly Mad’, it was obvious that Freddie was ill. He wore thick make-up to conceal the blotches that the disease had left on his face and under his shirt he wore thick padding to disguise how emaciated his body has become.
Freddie kept his secret from the other members of Queen - it was only 24 hours before the end that the singer admitted to the world that he had Aids.
When the end came, it was unexpected. He died so quickly that his parents didn't have time to get to his bedside. At 7pm on the bitterly cold evening of Sunday 24th November Freddie Mercury's reign as the King of Queen came to an end. He was only 45 years old, tragic proof that the candle that burns twice as bright only burns half as long.
His funeral was a small private affair - except that it took 4 Daimler cars just to carry the flowers. The service was conducted in the Zoroastrian faith.
After Freddie’s death, the three remaining members of Queen decided to re-release Freddie’s first great hit, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, and donate the proceeds to the Terrence Higgins Trust, the British Aids Charity.
The single went back to number 1, sixteen years after it first took the charts top spot. In the first six days after it was released, the single sold over 100,000 copies.
So the song that launched Freddie into superstardom was the theme tune to his death. The last single that Queen released before Freddie died was ‘The Show Must Go On’.
The show may go on, but without the worlds greatest rock showman, it will be a tamer.
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