Freddie Mercury Facts

Freddie Mercury Facts
Freddie Mercury was a British singer, songwriter, and lead singer of the iconic band Queen. He was born Farrokh Bulsara on September 5th, 1946, in the Sultanate of Zanzibar (Tanzania), to Bomi and Jer Bulsara. He was raised in India for a good part of his childhood, began taking piano lessons when he was seven years old, and formed a rock band at the age of 12. In 1964 during the Zanzibar Revolution, Freddie and his family moved to Middlesex, England. Freddie was 17, and studied art until graduation. In 1969 Freddie became a member of the band Ibex. In 1970 Freddie formed a band with Brian May, and Roger Taylor. In 1971 John Deacon joined the group and Freddie named the band Queen.
Interesting Freddie Mercury Facts:
Freddie Mercury had a little sister named Kashmira.
Freddie Mercury's early music interests were always Western pop music.
Freddie's education and diploma from the Ealing Art College gave him skills that he eventually used to design the heraldic arms used by his band Queen.
Freddie changed his last name to Mercury about the same time as he formed the band Queen.
The Queen logo is symbolic. It contains the zodiac signs for the band members. He used two Leo lions for Deacon and Taylor, two fairies Freddie, and a crab for May.
Freddie was known for his high theatrical style and live performances.
Freddie Mercury was involved with Mary Austin in the early 1970s. In the mid-1970s he had an affair with a male record executive and ultimately ended his relationship with Mary Austin. They remained friends. Freddie wrote many songs about her.
The song 'Love of my Life' was written by Freddie Mercury about Mary Austin.
When Freddie Mercury died he left his London home to Mary Austin because he considered her to be his true love despite his sexual orientation.
In 1985 Freddie Mercury began a long term relationship with Jim Hutton, who would test positive in 1990 for HIV.
Freddie and Jim were together until Freddie's death in 1991.
Freddie was responsible for writing 10 out 17 songs that are included on Queen's Greatest Hits. Some of these include Bohemian Rhapsody, Somebody to Love, We Are the Champions, Bicycle Race, and Crazy Little Thing Called Love.
Freddie was said to have been diagnosed with HIV when he was 40 years old, in 1986. He denied it and his partner said that he was diagnosed in 1987.
Freddie Mercury became known as one of the best rock performers in the world. His music is often considered to be masterpieces.
Queen's third album is the one that sent the band to the top of the charts, titled Sheer Heart Attack.
Freddie was known for his showmanship and often wore costumes on stage.
Freddie Mercury announced on November 23rd, 1991 that he had previously tested positive for HIV and was suffering from AIDS. He died the following day from complications due to AIDS. He was 45 years old.
Freddie Mercury kept his HIV diagnosis private until the time of his death in order to avoid being looked at with pity.

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