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CAIRO – 06 September 2017: “Inside my heart is breaking, my makeup may be flaking, But my smile, still, stays on.” - Freddie Mercury
Farrokh "Freddie" Mercury was born on September 5,1946 and died on November 24, 1991 due to a complication arising from his battle with AIDs. He was a singer, songwriter and record producer, primarily renowned as the lead vocalist of the iconic rock band Queen.
His trademark flamboyant stage persona and four-octave vocal range made him the musician of worth and substance we know him to be today.
David Bowie performed at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert and recorded the song, "Under Pressure," with Queen. He praised Mercury's performance style, saying: "Of all the more theatrical rock performers, Freddie took it further than the rest... he took it over the edge. And, of course, I always admired a man who wears tights. I only saw him in concert once and as they say, he was definitely a man who could hold an audience in the palm of his hand."
Mercury wrote many of Queen’s hit songs, including "Bohemian Rhapsody", "Killer Queen", "Somebody to Love", "Don't Stop Me Now", "Crazy Little Thing Called Love", and "We Are the Champions".
- He led a solo career while performing with Queen, serving as a producer and guest musician for other artists.
- Mercury was born of Persian descent in the Sultanate of Zanzibar.
- He grew up in Sultanate of Zanzibar and India before moving with his family to Middlesex, England in his teens.
“I always knew I was a star and now, the rest of the world seems to agree with me,” Freddie Mercury