Biography of Freddie MercuryFreddie Mercury, born Farrokh Bulsara, was a British singer of Persian descent. He was the lead vocalist, songwriter, and creative inspiration behind the iconic band Queen.
Childhood and YouthFarrokh, which translates from Farsi as "lucky one," Bulsara was born on September 5, 1946, in Stone Town, Zanzibar. Today it is part of the Republic of Tanzania, but in those years Zanzibar was a "puppet" state under the protectorate of the British Empire.
His father, Bomi, was an accountant at the Supreme Court of England and Wales and earned a good living, so the family was well provided for. His mother, Jer Bulsara, took care of the children: Farrokh and his sister Kashmira, who was six years younger.
Most of Farrokh's classmates spoke English. It was difficult for them to pronounce his real name, so 'Farrokh' quickly transformed into 'Freddie''In 1963, when Farrokh was 16, Zanzibar gained independence, and the family started having problems with the local population. Bomi had a British passport, so the family, along with Farrokh, decided to move to Britain and settled in Feltham, a suburb of London.
During his years at the boarding school, Farrokh had grown accustomed to independence and did not feel the need to report back to his parents when, for example, he embarked on another adventure to nightclubs and came home in the early hours.
Many think I have a terrible character. But I like to be ambiguous and surround myself with complex, conflicting brats. I would be bored in the company of impeccable people.After receiving a diploma he didn't need, having stitched together two women's coats for the occasion, Freddie decided to rent an apartment in London – he craved freedom, and a neighbor threatened to sue him if he didn't stop playing the guitar non-stop and listening to records at full volume.
Early Steps to FameAt the end of his studies, Freddie met the Liverpool band Ibex. Just 10 days after their first meeting, Mercury already knew the entire repertoire of the musicians, added a few of his own songs, and went to his first-ever concert at a blues festival in Bolton. Despite a successful performance and subsequent concerts, the band quickly disbanded as some members returned to their studies.
However, Taylor and May quickly found a replacement for Tim. They were well acquainted with his roommate and, upon discovering that he, in addition to his charm and musicality, was an excellent singer, they did not hesitate for a minute to invite him to join the band. At Freddie's suggestion, they changed the name to Queen. In 1971, bass guitarist John Deacon joined them, and thus began the 20-year stellar history of the legendary band.
QueenAfter the band was formed, Mercury created their emblem, which was based on the coat of arms of the United Kingdom, with the addition of the zodiac signs of the members of the band: two lions, a crab, and a virgin.
That same year, the band released their first album, "Trident," which quickly gained popularity. The high-quality stadium rock and the variety of genres the musicians worked in thrilled listeners, with many comparing them to The Beatles.
Freddy Mercury's Personal LifeThe "love" side of Freddy Mercury's personality is just as intriguing as his artistic side. It would be incorrect to label him strictly homosexual – his lovers included both men and women. He had a vast sexual appetite and easily charmed people.
In the early 70s, Freddy had a long-term relationship with Mary Austin, whom he met through his bandmate Brian May. Mary managed a cosmetics store, and Freddy sold clothing at a market stall with Taylor.
Freddy often said that he always loved Mary and under different circumstances, she would have been his wife. He left most of his 28-million fortune to her.In 1985, Freddy began a relationship with hairdresser Jim Hutton, which lasted until his death. Hutton cared for Mercury in his final days and later wrote a book titled "Mercury and Me."
The Final YearsIn 1986, rumors of his illness with the AIDS virus surfaced. The band members consistently denied them, but a day before his death, Mercury made an official statement confirming he had HIV.
After leaving Queen, Freddie Mercury began his solo career. In the five years allowed by his illness, he managed to record two solo albums: "Mr. Bad Guy" in 1985 and "Barcelona" in 1988. The title song of the second album was written in honor of Montserrat Caballé. In October 1988, he performed with the opera diva, delighting in the opportunity like a child.
DeathOn August 18, 1990, Freddie told his family about his illness. Sitting in a room with his sister and her husband, he said, "My dear Kash, you must understand one thing: my illness is incurable. I'm going to die." She looked at his legs, covered in sores, and understood everything.
The singer's body was cremated, and only Mary Austin and his family knew the whereabouts of his ashes – as Mercury had wished. Later, fans discovered this place – Kensal Green Cemetery in London.