Queen lead vocalist and songwriter, gave the world "Bohemian Rhapsody"

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Freddie Mercury

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Called "one of the greatest voices in all of music"

Freddie Mercury was born Farrokh Bulsara on September 5, 1946 in Zanzibar.

After the 1964 revolution, the Bulsara family left the country and settled in England. After attending English boarding schools, Mercury enrolled in the Ealing College of Art where he studied music and art. Inspired by the music of Jimi Hendrix and local bands, including Smile, which included guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor, Mercury began performing around London. He joined Smile in 1971 when the lead singer left, and quickly changed his name to Freddie Mercury.

John Deacon soon joined Mercury, May and Taylor and the new group became known as Queen. Queen’s debut album was released in 1973 with the self titled Queen. The album featured songs written by all four members of the band. The over the top, operatic style of the songs and performances built a cult following throughout Europe and eventually overseas and the 1974 releases of Queen II and Sheer Heart Attack were successful.

Queen was soon one of rock music’s elite bands. Over the next 10 years, Queen would write, tour and produce memorable albums. 1975’s A Night at the Opera reached #4 on the pop charts; 1977’s A Day at the Races reached #5; 1977’s News of the World reached #3. The band’s greatest success came with the 1980 release of The Game, which reached #1 on the pop charts. Mercury’s songwriting would hold the same resonance as his performances. Some of his most successful songs include ”Crazy Little Thing Called Love” (#1 in 1980), “Somebody to Love” (#13 in 1977) and “We Are the Champions” (#4, 1978). Queen’s last album, Made in Heaven was released on November 25, 1995, four years to the day after Freddie Mercury died of AIDS.

As a member of Queen, Mercury was inducted into the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame in 2001 and into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2003.

Queen albums had more weeks on UK charts than any band, including Beatles

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Acknowledgements

Biography & Discography:

BMI Database (www.bmi.com)

Internet Movie Database (www.imdb.com)

National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (www.grammy.com)

All Music Guide (www.allmusic.com)

Top Pop Singles:1955-1999 Whitburn, Joel Record Research, Inc. 1999.

Top Pop Album:1955-2001 Whitburn, Joel. Record Research, Inc. 2001.

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