Freddy, THE Killer Queen
Who could ever forget the swagger, the incredible Adonis-like male beauty or the mastery of showmanship that was the signature of this most talented and innovative of singers.
Freddy, THE Killer Queen
The unforgettable, iconic superstar Freddy Mercury, singer, songwriter, and amazing musician, was born Farookh Bulsara September 5, 1946, in Zanzibar, becoming famous as front-man of the iconic rock band Queen, strutting his mesmeric stuff with a unique and unforgettable style.
Who could ever forget the swagger, the incredible Adonis-like male beauty or the mastery of showmanship that was the signature of this most talented and innovative of singers. Having studied piano at a Bimbay boarding school in India, this charismatic young man soon joined the Hectics, his first band.
Freddy studied at Ealing College of Art. his family reaching London in the 1960s, where he met and became firm friends future Queen members Roger Taylor and Brian May. In 1969, Mercury was lead singer with a group called Ibex, but in1971,with Taylor and May, met bassist John Deacon, the quartet dubbed Queen by Freddy started playing together.
Queen’s music took a couple of years to really catch on, third album, Sheer Heart Attack , released1974,being their first big seller. The first hit Killer Queen was about a high-class call girl, perfectly mirroring the lifestyle of the openly gay Mercury, whom the song seemed todescribe to perfection.
Yet More Freddy
UK No. 2 and US No. 12 in the charts, a sound described as hard/glam rock, Queen had the perfect front maninthe outrageous Freddy, in1975 coming up with album A Night at the Opera, featurin Bohemian Rhapsody, a seven-minute rock operetta written by Freddy.
It was the the\skilful overdubbing of his voice that truly showed off his im-maculate four-octave vocal range, and- this innovative track hit no1 in the UK charts, becoming a big hit worldwide, and epitomizing everything that was iconic andmagical about the inimitable Freddy Mercury.
He was always very open about his bisexuality, but kept his relationships to himself, being very private out of the limelight, though this rock icon did live a lavish lifestyle, loving champagne and an avid art collecter, to the extent of once spending in excess of $400,000 for hand-painted china.
Freddy was a party animal,throwing elaborate celebrations, flying friends to Ibiza on a particular birthday, to include fireworks and flamenco dancing in his planned festivities. His Lifestyle was what killed him, though, as he contracted the horrendous AIDS virus, no longer touring with the band after 1989, on November 23, 1991, releasing a statement confirming to the world what they already knew, made extra poignant by the fact that on the following day, AIDS-related bronchial pneumonia claimed his life at only 45 years of age at his London home.
Freddy had never wished to be an object of pity and curiosity, keeping his afflictions to himself, and rock lovers round the world mourned the loss of one of the most iconic performers of all time. Freddy would have been the most outrageous O.A.P. of them all, had he lived, and I for one would have loved to bear witness to that. What a loss his death truly was.