BFreddie Mercury- born as Gujarati Parsi name Farrokh Bulsara:---was one of the most talented and innovative singers of the rock era
- British musician, singer and songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist of the rock band Queen.
- Freddie Mercury: Singer, songwriter, musician as the frontman of Queen, was one of the most talented and innovative singers of the rock era. He spent time in a boarding school in Bombay , India, where he studied piano
- Mercury legally changed his name from Farrokh Bulsara to Freddie Mercury.
Google doodles on Freddie Mercury's 65th birthday
London, Sep 5, 2011 Flamboyant Parsi-British musician Farrokh Bulsara, better known by fans as Freddie Mercury and the lead singer of popular rock band Queen, was remembered on his 65th birth anniversary by Google with an animated doodle on its home page.
The 100-second collage, said to be among the longest posted by Google, has been kicked off with a blog by Brian May, who was a song-writer for Queens with numbers like ?We Will Rock You? that made Mercury one of the most popular artists ever.
"From time to time, we invite guests to post about items of interest and are thrilled to have Brian May join us to talk about friend and bandmate Freddie Mercury," said Google, introducing the blog on Mercury, equally versatile on piano, keyboard and guitar.
"Freddie was fully focused, never allowing anything or anyone to get in the way of his vision for the future. He was truly a free spirit. There are not many of these in the world," said May, remembering his friend, who would have been 65 Monday.
"Some people imagine Freddie as a fiery, difficult diva who required everyone around him to compromise. No! In our world, as four artists attempting to paint on the same canvas, Freddie was always the one who could find the compromise -- the way to pull it through."
Born to Bomi and Jer Bulsara in the British protectorate of Zanzibar, now in Tanzania, Bulsara soon moved to Panchgani near Mumbai and spent his childhood there. He started taking piano lessons since seven and five years later formed a rock band of his own.
His family then moved to Feltham in Middlesex, England, and after his graduation and some odd jobs, he joined a band called Ibex in 1969. A year later, along with May and drummer Roger Taylor, he formed Queen -- and also changed his surname to Mercury.
Counted among the greatest entertainers, Mercury himself wrote several songs, notably "Bohemian Rhapsody", "Killer Queen", "We Are the Champions", "Seven Seas of Rhye", "Play the Game", "Somebody to Love" and "Don't Stop Me Now".
He was openly gay, but hid his HIV status -- believed to have been diagnosed sometime in 1987 -- from the public for at least two years. He died Nov 24, 1991 at his home in Kensington, when he was barely 45, a few months after he said bye to Queen.
Among the other notable tributes, luxury car-maker Lotus has produced a one-off Evora S coupe in his honour in pearl white with red and gold accents that was the entertainer's signature costume in the mid 1980s.
The car is to be auctioned off for an HIV-AIDS charity formed by his Queen-mates...IANS/NRIpress.com
- My Love Is Dangerous
- I Was Born To Love You
- Love Me Like There's No Tomorrow
- The Great Pretender
- Man Made Paradise
- Let's Turn It On
- Exercises In Free Love
- Made In Heaven
- Fooling' Around
- Living On My Own
- Love Kills
- Living On My Own (Mix)
- Mr. Bad Guy
- Your Kind Of Lover
- There Must Be More To Live Than This
September 05, 1946 – 24 November 24, 1991
- He was born in Zanziba, an island off the east coast of Africa, which is now part of Tanzania, a British colony and now in Tanzania.
- His parents Bomi and Jer Bulsara in the British protectorate of Zanzibar and moved to Panchgani near Mumbai, were Parsis, citizens of India of Iranian origin and practitioners of the Zoroastrian religion
- He spent his childhood in Mumbai, started taking piano lessons since seven and five years later formed a rock band of his own.
- After completing his education in India, he moved back to Zanzibar to live with his parents.
- During the revolution in 1964, the Bulsara family fled Zanzibar for London, where Farrokh began his college education.
- After a few stops and starts, he ultimately obtained a degree in Art and Graphic Design from a small technical college.
- He has been referred to as "Britain's first Asian rock star
- Composed many hits for Queen, such as:
- Bohemian Rhapsody", "Killer Queen", "Somebody to Love", "Don't Stop Me Now", "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" and "We Are the Champions"
- "Barcelona", "I Was Born to Love You" and "Living on My Own
He died of bronchopneumonia by AIDS on Nov 24, 1991
- 2006: most influential Asian heroes ..by Time Asia
- In 2005, a poll organised by Blender and MTV2 saw Mercury voted the greatest male singer of all time.
- In 2006, Time Asia named him as one of the most influential Asian heroes of the past 60 years,
- He was continued to be voted one of the greatest singers in the history of popular music. In 2005, a poll organised 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 characterised Mercury as "one of rock's greatest all-time entertainers", who possessed--one of the greatest voices in all of music
• A Royal Mail stamp was issued in honour of Mercury as part of the Millennium Stamp series in the UK