Freddie Mercury, the most flamboyant personality and the front man of legendary rock band Queen was one of the very best showmen in history. He was a magical personality who could captivate the heart of millions. He used to entertain everyone with his incredible vocal range. This flamboyant character of his used to create controversies also but despite this side of his on stage, he was a very shy person in real life due to which he rarely granted to give interviews. He was also a very opinionated person due to which once he had to wait for fourteen hours for the last seat in economy on the next flight.
Apart from these side of his character, there are many facts about him which are unknown but amazing!
8 Amazing And Unknown Facts About Freddie Mercury
1. Freddie Mercury was born in Zanzibar, Africa, and his parents were actually Parsis from British India. He practiced Zoroastrian religion. He also had a younger sister named Kashmira. Freddie’s original name was Farrokh Bulsara. At the age of 8, he was sent to a boarding school near Bombay. He got his inspiration from Bollywood singer Lata Mangeshkar. During his time in school, he formed a band call “The Hectics” and from there the people used to call him “Freddie”.
2. Freddie was a gay but he had a strong relationship with a girl named Mary Austin, though the relationship ended but Mary remained an important figure in his life. This was the reason he wrote the song “Love of my Life” dedicating to his lady love. Freddie died due to AIDS but left his most of the wealth to Mary.
3. He loved cats and had as many as 10 at one point. He even had an album and a song dedicated to his cats Mr. Bad Guy. This song was dedicated to his favorite cat, Delilah. While on tour, he would periodically call his beloved friend Mary, who would hold the phone up to the cats so Mercury could talk to them.
4. Freddie was an avid stamp collector, also known as the philatelist. His collection was purchased by the post office in 1993. Now also his extensive stamp collection is exhibited at stamp shows throughout the world under the estate of his birth name.
5. He himself designed the emblem of Queen because of the degree he got in Art and Graphic design. The crest is made of the zodiac signs of the whole band “two Leo lions for John Deacon and Roger Taylor, a cancer crab for Brian May and two fairies to represent Freddie’s Virgo sign. The “Q” and the crown represents the band name and the phoenix protects the whole thing in the emblem.
6. Mercury did not fancy himself as a great pianist. Thus, he often dreaded having to perform “Bohemian Rhapsody” live in concert because he was worried that he would mess up the piano section during the performance. As years went on, he relied less on the piano on his albums so he could be freer to dance during concerts.
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7. This entertainer’s trademark was “Bottomless Mic” all happened by accident during one performance early on in the band’s career. He was mid performance and the mic stand snapped. Instead of replacing it, in true Freddie Fashion, he made it work and continued to use the bottomless mic from then on.
8. “The Show Must Go On”: the final track on Mercury’s final album with Queen was recorded just a few months before his death. Brian May was concerned about whether he would be able to sing or not as he was suffering from AIDS and could barely walk but his mercury consumed a measure of Vodka and sang the vocals in one take.
Summing It Up
Freddie Mercury was truly a star who was publicly so flamboyant and privately so shy. So, to celebrate the life of one of the music greatest loved man, who died 23 years ago, these were the some facts which will make us remember him and his songs once again. He was the personality who will always remain in our hearts through his songs.