You might not know this but today it would have been Freddie Mercury's birthday... He would have reached the venerable age of 67. Unfortunately he died of bronchopneumonia brought on by AIDS on 24 November 1991, only one day after publicly acknowledging that he had the disease.
Mercury was a Parsi born in Zanzibar and grew up there and in India until his mid-teens. He has been referred to as "Britain's first Asian rock star". In 2002, Mercury was placed at number 58 in the BBC's poll of the 100 Greatest Britons, in 2006, Time Asia named him one of the most influential Asian heroes of the past 60 years, and he continues to be voted one of the greatest singers in the history of popular music. In 2005, a poll organized by Blender and MTV2 saw Mercury voted the greatest male singer of all time. In 2008, Rolling Stone editors ranked him number 18 on their list of the 100 greatest singers of all time. In 2009, a Classic Rock poll saw him voted the greatest rock singer of all time. Allmusic has characterized Mercury as "one of rock's greatest all-time entertainers", who possessed "one of the greatest voices in all of music".
P.S. Did you knew that Mercury had an extremely versatile vocal range that extended from bass low F (F2) to soprano high F (F6). He could belt up to tenor high F (F5) - Wow! Talk about talent!
Mercury didn’t consider himself a particularly great pianist. As a result, he always dreaded performing ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ in concert because he worried he would mess up on the piano in the process. In future years, he started using the piano less on albums so he would be free to dance and run wildly during concerts……
P.S.S. Freddie Mercury once cancelled a duet with Michael Jackson in the 1980s because Jackson insisted on bringing his llama to the studio ;))))
All that put aside Freddie was the best male lead singer I ever heard in my whole life. He was utterly insane and creative (Hey! When Roger Taylor had his 29th birthday he was actually swinging from the hotel chandelier...) and he truly was one of a kind ;)
"You never went backstage after a gig and said ‘Great gig, guys.’ when it wasn’t. I remember Freddie asking someone what he thought after a show, the guy said ‘Fantastic, Freddie’ and Freddie said ‘Wrong answer’ and walked away. ‘Perfectionist’ doesn’t even begin to describe it."
FM's HUGE Fan :) May he RIP...