Freddie Mercury’s biographyFreddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara) was a British singer of Parsi descent, lead vocalist, songwriter, and the ideological inspirer of the legendary rock band Queen.
Freddie Mercury’s childhoodFarrokh Bulsara was born in 1946 in Stone Town in Zanzibar (now part of Tanzania). His father Bomi was a cashier at the British Colonial Office and earned good and the family was in no need.
The Queen timesAt the end of his studies, Freddie met a Liverpool band «Ibex». Ten days after they first met Mercury already knew the whole repertoire of the musicians, had added some of his own songs to the latter, and went for his first-ever concert with them within the blues festival in Bolton. Despite the successful appearance and the following concerts the band quickly separated as part of them returned to studies.
The personal life of Freddie MercuryIn the early ’70s Mercury had a long-term relationship with Mary Austin, whom he met through guitarist Brian May. Mary worked as a manager in the «Biba» store, which was a place of accumulation of the youth of those times. Seven years later Mercury admitted being bisexual, which put an end to their romance but they stayed close friends until the end of life. Mary was a part of family for Freddie and namely, she reported his parents the mournful news during the singer’s unusual fight with the disease.
In 1985 Freddie started a relationship with hairdresser Jim Hutton which lasted till his death. Hutton nursed him till the end of his days and later wrote a book named «Mercury and Me».
Disease and deathIn 1986 the first rumors on his disease with the immunodeficiency virus appeared. The members of the band refuted it hard but Mercury made an official announcement that he had been tested HIV positive and had AIDS a day before death. Incurably diseased Mercury continued performing for five years.
HeritageSongs that didn’t succeed to be released by Mercury, were included in the «Made in Heaven» album (1995). One of Mercury’s dying orders was to transfer the income from the reissue of the song «Bohemian Rhapsody» in favor of the charity fund fighting against HIV after Terrence Higgins.
In 1992 the former members of Queen gave a concert in honor of Freddie at the «Wembley» stadium and the collected money was transferred to funds fighting against HIV.