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Also Known As: Farrokh Bomi Bulsara Died: November 24, 1991
Born: September 5, 1946 Cause of Death: AIDS-related Bronchopneumonia
Birth Place: Zanzibar, , TZ Profession:

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Freddie Mercury dominated the flamboyant "Glam-rock" style of mid-1970s rock 'n' roll performances with a dynamic voice and an electrifying stage presence unmatched by his peers. As the lead singer of the supergroup, Queen, Mercury commanded and entranced fans all over the world with a powerful, four-octave singing range, coupled with a shocking array of skintight costumes. He effortlessly hit and sustained high notes that were usually limited to female opera stars, but also snarled through the band's hard-hitting songs with his powerful tenor voice. On stage, he moved with energy and bravado as he acted out some of their biggest and most aggressive hits like "Killer Queen" (1974), "We Will Rock You" (1977), and "We Are the Champions" (1977). Mercury wrote music that combined a variety of influences - from blues, funk, disco and a touch of vaudeville - with authority and flair. But by far, the most timeless song that he would write was "Bohemian Rhapsody" (1975), a multilayered hard rock gem infused with an operatic feel. While Queen produced its best work during the mid to late 1970s, its charismatic front man kept on singing throughout the 1980s - at his apex, wowing billions of people watching...

Freddie Mercury dominated the flamboyant "Glam-rock" style of mid-1970s rock 'n' roll performances with a dynamic voice and an electrifying stage presence unmatched by his peers. As the lead singer of the supergroup, Queen, Mercury commanded and entranced fans all over the world with a powerful, four-octave singing range, coupled with a shocking array of skintight costumes. He effortlessly hit and sustained high notes that were usually limited to female opera stars, but also snarled through the band's hard-hitting songs with his powerful tenor voice. On stage, he moved with energy and bravado as he acted out some of their biggest and most aggressive hits like "Killer Queen" (1974), "We Will Rock You" (1977), and "We Are the Champions" (1977). Mercury wrote music that combined a variety of influences - from blues, funk, disco and a touch of vaudeville - with authority and flair. But by far, the most timeless song that he would write was "Bohemian Rhapsody" (1975), a multilayered hard rock gem infused with an operatic feel. While Queen produced its best work during the mid to late 1970s, its charismatic front man kept on singing throughout the 1980s - at his apex, wowing billions of people watching 1985's benefit concert, Live Aid - before shockingly dying in 1991 from the AIDS virus. Fans and his band members grieved the loss of Freddy, as he was not an easy frontman to replace. However, even in death, Mercury continued to reach new generations of fans with his enduring and unrivaled legacy as one of music's consummate stage entertainers and arguably the greatest singer in rock 'n' roll history.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Magic-Queen in Hungary (1986) Queen Band Member
2.
 We Will Rock You (1983)
3.
 Divas (1996)
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1954:
Studied at a private school in Bombay, India
1964:
Moved to England with family
:
Met guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor in late 1960s
1970:
Formed the band Queen with May, Taylor, and bassist John Deacon
1973:
Queen released self-titled debut album
1974:
Had commercial success with band's sophomore album <i>Sheer Heart Attack</i>
1975:
Released Queen's critically acclaimed third album <i>A Night at the Opera (1975)</i>; penned the classic hit "Bohemian Rhapsody"
1977:
Released mainstream hit <i>News of the World</i>, featuring band's anthems "We Will Rock You" and "We Are the Champions"
1980:
Reached No. 1 with singles "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" and "Another One Bites the Dust" from Queen album <i>The Game</i>
1980:
Band wrote and recorded soundtrack to campy sci-fi feature "Flash Gordon"
1982:
Collaborated with David Bowie on hit duet "Under Pressure"
1984:
Released Queen's comeback album <i>The Works</i>; featured smash hits "Radio Ga Ga" and "I Want To Break Free"
1985:
Released solo album <i>Mr. Bad Guy</i>
1985:
With Queen, headlined all-star Live Aid concert lineup
1986:
Queen performed for over 300,000 at a concert held in Knebworth Park, England
1988:
Collaborated with opera singer Montserrat Caballé for second solo album <i>Barcelona</i>
1991:
Released 14th and final album with Queen, <i>Innuendo</i>
1992:
Surviving Queen members organized "The Freddie Mercury Tribute: Concert for AIDS Awareness" at Wembley Stadium; lineup included Elton John and Annie Lennox
1992:
"Bohemian Rhapsody" featured in memorable scene in comedy "Wayne's World"
1995:
Queen album <i>Made in Heaven</i> posthumously released; featured previously unreleased recordings
2002:
Musical theater production "We Will Rock You" debuted at London's West End
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Education

Ealing College of Art: Ealing, London , England - 1969

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