Freddie Mercury

Real Name:
Farrokh Bulsara (Gujarati: ફરોખ બલ્સારા‌ = Pharōkh Balsārā‌)
Profile:
Best known as lead singer of popular British rock group Queen. Born 5 September 1946 in Stone Town, Zanzibar, died 24 November 1991 in Kensington, London, UK.

Born as Farrokh Pluto Bulsara to Parsi parents Bomi and Jer Bulsara, he attended St. Peter's boarding school near Bombay and formed his first school band ("The Hectics") where he played piano.
At age 17 the Bulsara family fled to England during the Zanzibar revolution and Freddie (as he began calling himself) took up studies in art design. He also formed a band called "Ibex" (later renamed to "Wreckage") but they failed to take off. Soon after he joined another band called "Sour Milk Sea" but it also disbanded.

In 1970 he met Brian May and Roger Taylor who at the time were going under the name Smile. Quickly taking full charge, he changed the name to "Queen", and with his art design education designed the band's logo. It was also around this time that he changed his name to Frederick Mercury by deed poll.

As flamboyant a performer he was on stage, Mr. Mercury was equally adept at songwriting; it was his "Bohemian Rhapsody" that propelled the band to superstardom.

Between the late 1970's and early 1980's, Freddie took a break from the band to pursue a solo career, spending much time in Munich and New York. In 1987 he was diagnosed with HIV. Despite his illness he still recorded with Queen to finish one last album ("Innuendo") and his last recorded song, "Mother Love" (which was to appear on the posthumous "Made In Heaven" album). As the disease took hold, public appearances and subsequent videos revealed a very thin Freddie -- yet he insisted on keeping his illness a secret.

On 24 November 1991, he died in his Kensington home, one day after announcing his illness, aged 45.
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Albums

40-86312 Freddie Mercury - Mr. Bad Guy album art Freddie Mercury Mr. Bad Guy (Album) CBS 40-86312 UK 1985 Sell This Version
PD-0151288, 837277 4 Freddie Mercury - Barcelona album art Freddie Mercury, Montserrat Caballé Freddie Mercury, Montserrat Caballé - Barcelona (Album, Comp) Polydor, Polydor PD-0151288, 837277 4 Indonesia 1988 Sell This Version
7 80999 2 VV5, 0777 7 80999 2 5, CDPCSD 124 Freddie Mercury - The Freddie Mercury Album album art Freddie Mercury The Freddie Mercury Album (Comp) Parlophone, Parlophone 7 80999 2 VV5, 0777 7 80999 2 5, CDPCSD 124 Argentina 1992 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

CBS A-4735, CBS A 4735 Freddie Mercury - Love Kills album art Freddie Mercury Love Kills (Single, Maxi) CBS CBS A-4735, CBS A 4735 Spain 1984 Sell This Version
DEP 372 Freddie Mercury - Amor Que Mata / Aqui Viene Ella album art Freddie Mercury / Bonnie Tyler Freddie Mercury / Bonnie Tyler - Amor Que Mata / Aqui Viene Ella(7", Single, Promo) Columbia DEP 372 Argentina 1984 Sell This Version
640012 Freddie Mercury - Pepsi Is Music album art Bruce Springsteen / Freddie Mercury / Nina Hagen / Carly Simon Bruce Springsteen / Freddie Mercury / Nina Hagen / Carly Simon - Pepsi Is Music (EP) CBS Especial, Pepsi 640012 Brazil 1985 Sell This Version
A6725 Freddie Mercury - Love Me Like There's No Tomorrow album art Freddie Mercury Love Me Like There's No Tomorrow (Single) CBS A6725 UK 1985 Sell This Version
WA 6413 Freddie Mercury - Made In Heaven album art Freddie Mercury Made In Heaven (Single, Maxi) CBS WA 6413 UK 1985 Sell This Version
A6019, A 6019 Freddie Mercury - I Was Born To Love You album art Freddie Mercury I Was Born To Love You (Single, Maxi) CBS, CBS A6019, A 6019 UK 1985 Sell This Version
CBS A 6555 B Freddie Mercury - Living On My Own album art Freddie Mercury Living On My Own (Single, Maxi) CBS, CBS CBS A 6555 B Spain 1985 Sell This Version
JC 15153 Freddie Mercury - I Was Born To Love You / Ampola / Juke Box album art Freddie Mercury / Enzo Jannacci Freddie Mercury / Enzo Jannacci - I Was Born To Love You / Ampola / Juke Box(7", Jukebox) CBS, DDD JC 15153 Italy 1985 Sell This Version
SEP - 10462 Freddie Mercury - Mr. Bad Guy album art Freddie Mercury Mr. Bad Guy(7", EP) CBS SEP - 10462 Bolivia 1985 Sell This Version
none Freddie Mercury - Walking On The Chinese Wall / I Was Born To Love You album art Philip Bailey / Freddie Mercury Philip Bailey / Freddie Mercury - Walking On The Chinese Wall / I Was Born To Love You(12", Maxi, Promo) CBS none Spain 1985 Sell This Version
81 2012566 Freddie Mercury - Time   album art Freddie Mercury Time (Single, Maxi) EMI 81 2012566 Argentina 1986 Sell This Version
TC 12 HK 1 Freddie Mercury - It's A Sin / The Great Pretender album art Pet Shop Boys / Freddie Mercury Pet Shop Boys / Freddie Mercury - It's A Sin / The Great Pretender (Single) EMI TC 12 HK 1 Hong Kong 1987 Sell This Version
887 075-1 Freddie Mercury - Barcelona album art Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballé Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballé - Barcelona (Single, Maxi) Polydor, Polydor 887 075-1 Germany 1987 Sell This Version
ED.250 Freddie Mercury - The Great Pretender album art Freddie Mercury The Great Pretender (Single, Maxi, EP) Parlophone, Parlophone ED.250 Australia 1987 Sell This Version
P 195 612, P195612 Freddie Mercury - Hold On / A Change Is Gonna Come album art Freddie Mercury / Jo Dare / Tina Turner Freddie Mercury / Jo Dare / Tina Turner - Hold On / A Change Is Gonna Come(7", Single, Promo) EMI, EMI P 195 612, P195612 Germany 1987 Sell This Version
none Freddie Mercury - Exercises In Free Love album art Freddy Mercury* Exercises In Free Love(Acetate, 7", S/Sided) The Town House none UK 1987 Sell This Version
080 580-2 Freddie Mercury - The Golden Boy album art Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballé Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballé - The Golden Boy (Maxi, Single) Polydor, Polydor, Polydor 080 580-2 UK 1988 Sell This Version
DDI 3008A, DDI 3008 Freddie Mercury - I'm Sorry / The Golden Boy album art Hothouse Flowers / Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballé Hothouse Flowers / Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballé - I'm Sorry / The Golden Boy(7", Promo) London Records, Polydor DDI 3008A, DDI 3008 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
2801 318 Freddie Mercury - How Can I Go On / Call My Name album art Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballé / Koreana Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballé / Koreana - How Can I Go On / Call My Name(12", Maxi, Promo) Polydor 2801 318 Brazil 1988 Sell This Version
PZ 29, 871 395-1 Freddie Mercury - How Can I Go On album art Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballé Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballé - How Can I Go On (Single, Maxi) Polydor, Polydor PZ 29, 871 395-1 UK 1989 Sell This Version
7243 8 80396 2 8, CDR 6331 Freddie Mercury - In My Defence album art Freddie Mercury In My Defence (Single) Parlophone, Parlophone 7243 8 80396 2 8, CDR 6331 Europe 1992 Sell This Version
CDP 519261 Freddie Mercury - Foolin' Around album art Freddie Mercury Foolin' Around(CD, Single, Promo) Parlophone CDP 519261 Germany 1992 Sell This Version

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AtitoLobe

AtitoLobe

May 9, 2021
The king Freddie Mercury of Queen! Bohemian Rhapsody 1974! Le best!!
Daniel_Aasbjoernsson

Daniel_Aasbjoernsson

May 5, 2021
Freddie Mercury was an astonishing performer, brilliant songwriter, and overall genius. His work with Queen and with Montserrat Caballé has stood the test of time and will continue to do so. As a human being, he was, from what I've gathered, kind, generous, loving and exceptionally strong. After getting the AIDS diagnosis in early 1987, which was a death sentence at the time, he continued to work on music for FOUR more years, ultimately completing an album with Montserrat Caballé and two with Queen. In the face of certain death he produced some of the finest work of his entire career.

Freddie Mercury remains one of the greatest singers, songwriters and showmen in all of human history, and he is, rightfully, an inspiration to countless aspiring musicians, myself included.
Bourbonman

Bourbonman

November 25, 2016
edited over 5 years ago
Freddie was everything. A performer, a strong frontman, If you didn´t like Queen you could easily be influenced by Freddie's radiant persona. You wouldn´t care if he was gay or whatever. Once you heard him, you were sold. Possible one of the most prolific, most stand out performer in music the last 30 years. Few can enchant a stadium of people like he did. Wembley 1985 AND 1986 just shows that. And to this day, he still keep influencing people.
A real legend..

November 20, 2006
edited over 15 years ago
I just have to give my upmost respect to an amazing vocalist that i think, no one has come close to match in terms of singing. I have never been a major fan of Queen but Freddie had an amazing gift, and 'A Kind Of Magic" is my absolute favourite. Just the way he begins that tune is enough and he has you in his pocket right away. But then the tragic desease AIDS took his life in the end.
He truly left a mark upon the world. I never heard to this day anyone who has the voice and brilliance that Freddie Mercury possesed. He litteraly took Queen to his grave because he was all and everything in that band.

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