- Occupation : singer
- Real name: Farrokh Bulsara
- Sign: Virgo
- Date of birth: Thursday, September 05, 1946 (age: 45 years old)
- Date of Death: Sunday, November 24, 1991
- Country: Zanzibar
Freddie Mercury, Farrokh Bulsara of his real name, was born on September 5, 1946 in Stone Town in the Zanzibar protectorate. Son of a couple of expatriate civil servants, whose family is originally from Gujarat in India, he has a younger sister, Kashmira. At the age of 7, his parents entrusted him to his maternal grandmother so that he could continue his schooling in India. Enrolled in a boarding school in Panchgani, St Peter’s boys school, he proved to be very gifted in sports and music. He began taking piano lessons and joined the school choir. At the end of the 50s, he was part of the first rock band at his school. Then, in 1964, he flew to England with his parents who fled the revolution in Zanzibar.
In London, he continued his art studies and joined the Ealing College of Art in 1966. Three years later, he graduated in graphic art and design. During his studies, he befriended Tim Staffell, singer of the group Smile, along with his musicians Brian May and Roger Taylor. After his studies, Freddie became the singer of a small group called Ibex, for which he also writes and composes. But the group struggles to make itself known and collapses at the end of the 60s. In 1970, Tim Staffell decides to leave the group Smile and Freddie seizes the opportunity to succeed him. Shortly afterwards the group is renamed Queen, and its singer takes the pseudonym of Freddie Mercury. The following year, the bassist John Deacon completes the formation.
In 1973, the band released its first album, Queen, which was a great success and allowed the band to support well-known artists. In 1975, the album A Night at the Opera propelled them to the forefront of the scene, carried by the hit Bohemain Rhapsody, which remained at the top of the English charts for several weeks. The group meets a world success in 1977 with the hits We are the champions and We Will rock you. The growing success of the group allows it to enter the Book of Records in 1981 when it gathers a crowd of more than 130 000 people for a concert given in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The creativity of the band and the charisma of its singer allowed Queen to play a string of hits; Somebody to Love, I want to break free, Don’t stop me now, A Kind of Magic… In 1985, the band performed at the Live Aid concert at Wembley Stadium, and its performance was acclaimed by critics around the world.
At the same time, from 1985, Freddie Mercury also performed as a solo artist. In 1988, he released the album Barcelona, which included a duet with soprano Montserrat Caballé.
In 1991, he joined the members of the group Queen to record the album Innuendo, which included the hit The show must go on. On November 24, 1991, Freddie Mercury died at the age of 45 years, carried by the AIDS virus, which he had been suffering from for several years.
In 2002, more than ten years after the singer’s death, the musical We Will Rock You, dedicated to the group Queen, was released in London. In October 2018, the musical was adapted in France and performed at the Casino de Paris, and the biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody, dedicated to Freddie Mercury, was released on the big screen.
On the private side, in 1974, Freddie Mercury revealed his homosexuality in an interview given to the press. He had previously lived in a relationship with Mary Austin in the early 1970s.