- Freddie, real name Farrokh Bulsara, was born in Stone Town, Tanzania on 5th September 1946.
- Freddie designed the famous Queen emblem himself, thanks to a degree in art and graphic design from Ealing Art College. 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 represent the band name, of course, and a phoenix protects the whole thing.
- Freddie’s last appearance on stage was when Queen won the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution in 1990.
- Freddie loved cats and once owned up to 10! He loved them so much so that while on tour he would periodically call home to talk to them. His one-time girlfriend and long-time close friend Mary Austin would hold the cats up to the phone so they could listen to him speak.
- When asked what one of Queen’s most famous songs Bohemian Rhapsody meant, he replied “It bears no real meaning, it’s all rhyming nonsense.”
- The bottomless mic was an accident which turned into a trademark. It began when Freddie was mid-show and his mic stand snapped in half. Instead of having it replaced, Freddie carried on with the show and used the mic stick from then on.
- While recording The Show Must Go On, Brian May was concerned about whether Freddie would be able to complete the take as he was ill with AIDs. Freddie consumed a measure of Vodka and said “I’ll fucking do it darling”. He sang the vocals in one take.
- Freddie died on 24th November 1991 aged just 45. Today his legacy lives on through his music. It is estimated that Queen’s total worldwide sales have been set as high as 300 million and in the UK they have spent more collective weeks on the UK Albums Charts than any other artist including the Beatles. Guinness World Records voted Bohemian Rhapsody as the greatest song of all time.
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