Happy Birthday Freddie Mercury

Happy Birthday Freddie Mercury

Farrokh Bulsara was born on Thursday, 5th of September 1946 on African spice island of Zanzibar, to parents Bomi and Jer Bulsara. Today Freddie Mercury would have been 74 years old and would surely have being rocking away, “not bad for 4 aging Queens”.

Today we remember arguably the greatest musical and rock performer who ever lived.

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Happy Birthday Fred !

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New Street, Freddie Mercury Close, unveiled in London

Freddie Mercury Close, London street named after Queen singer

A street in Feltham, the London suburb where Freddie Mercury lived in November 1964, was renamed as Freddie Mercury Close on Monday 24th February. Freddie’s and the Bulsara family moved to 22 Gladstone Avenue in Feltham in 1964, after fleeing the revolution in Zanzibar. The house was commemorated with a blue plaque back in 2016. He was known as ‘Fred’ rather than Farrokh even before the family came to London, and signed himself as Fred Bulsara on letters until 1970, when he changed his name to Mercury. Freddie lived in Gladstone Avenue in Feltham until 1970, and even took jobs while in college such as washing dishes in the kitchens of Heathrow Airport, just a stone’s throw from Gladstone Avenue.

The Local authorities in Feltham agreed to rename part of a cul-de-sac on Hanworth Road as Freddie Mercury Close, which is the address of the headquarters of the World Zoroastrian Organization. As you probably know, Freddie was born into the Zoroastrian faith and practiced the ancient religion as a child. The World Zoroastrian Organization is now housed at 1 Freddie Mercury Close, Feltham, Middlesex, TW13 5DF.

The unveiling of the new road, was attended by Freddie’s sister Kashmira Cooke (Bulsara), her son Samuel, Tony Louki the Mayor of Hounslow, supporters of the World Zoroastrian Organisation and The Lord Bilimoria CBE DL.

The location of the new Freddie Mercury street has also been added to my list of Queen related Places to Visit in London.

Brian May grew up in the area also and recalls visiting Freddie at number 22 Gladstone Avenue. Freddie was insistent that Brian listen very closely to Jimi Hendrix and said “this is what we will do … we will be a group“. Brian realls thinking, “I don’t even know if this guy can sing” … turns out he really could !

 

Ironocally, Freddie Mercury Close runs almost straight into Queen’s Road… Coincidence?

 

DID YOU KNOW – Brian and Freddie lived about 400m away from each other when they were younger, but never actually met prior to meeting around the Smile era.

Happy Birthday Freddie Mercury

Freddie Mercury – 5th September 1946 – 24th November 1991

Freddie Mercury died November 24th 1991 – Anniversary of his passing

On this day in 1991, 24th November at around 6:50 pm Freddie Mercury died at his home in London.

Freddie Mercury died and the world lost its best Rock Front-man. 

27 Years on we still Remember Freddie … Freddie Mercury – Lover Of Life, Singer Of Songs: 5th September 1946 – 24th November 1991

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About Freddie Mercury

Farrokh Bulsara was born on Thursday, 5th of September 1946 on small African spice island of Zanzibar, to parents Bomi and Jer Bulsara. His early school years were spent away from the family as he attended a boarding school in Bombay. Freddie’s father Bomi, was a British diplomat, so they were often moving from one location to another. In 1954, aged only 8 years, Freddie started to attend British College School, St. Peter’s in Panchgan. At this time his schoolmates started to call him by the more English name of Freddie. The school was typically British and in sports Freddie was very strong in boxing and in table tennis, winning many trophies and medals. Freddie also loved art and music and showed great talent in both areas; playing the piano and performing in school shows and also joining the school choir. Freddie, with the encouragement of the headmaster of the school, did piano lessons and applied himself to them very well achieving Grade IV in both practical and theory. In 1958, five friends at St Peter’s School formed a rock’n’roll outfit called ‘The Hectics’ – the members were Freddie Bulsara, Bruce Murray, Derrick Branche, Victory Rana and Farang Irani (Freddie was the piano player in the band). They played at school parties, at annual events and school dances.

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Happy Birthday Freddie Mercury 65th Birthday

Freddie Mercury 65th Birthday

Farrokh Bulsara was born on Thursday, 5th of September 1946 on the African spice island of Zanzibar, to parents Bomi and Jer Bulsara. Today Freddie Mercury would have been 65 years old and would surely have been rocking away, “not bad for 4 ageing Queens”. The Freddie Mercury 65th Birthday is marked by radio stations and TV channels running specials about Queen.

Today we remember arguably the greatest musical and rock performer who ever lived. Today – Freddie Mercury 65th Birthday!

Check out Brian May’s Birthday Message to Freddie … feel free to add your Birthday Messages to this post.

Happy Birthday Fred !

Freddie Mercury - 65th Birthday - September 5th 1946 : Remembering Freddie Mercury

About Freddie Mercury

Farrokh Bulsara was born on Thursday, 5th of September 1946 on the African spice island of Zanzibar, to parents Bomi and Jer Bulsara.  In 1954, aged 8 years, Freddie started to attend British College School, St. Peter’s in Panchgan (near to the city of Bombay). At this time his schoolmates started to call him by the name of Freddie. The school was typically British and in sports Freddie was very strong in boxing and in table tennis, winning many trophies and medals. Freddie also loved art and music and showed great talent in both areas; playing the piano and performing in school shows and also joining the school choir.

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Coverage of Freddie Mercury Day and Freddie Mercury’s Birthday

Coverage of Freddie Mercury Day and Freddie Mercury’s Birthday

Coverage of Freddie Mercury Day

September 5th is Freddie Mercurys Birthday. Below are some media stories hitting the headlines today about Freddie’s Birthday. Lots of news agencies and TV channels covering the story and giving good air time to the Coverage of Freddie Mercury Day. Even years after Freddie’s death, his legacy lives on. It’s amazing to think that the birthday of Freddie continues to be celebrated not just by fans but my music lovers around the world. Freddie’s music and his influence reached millions while he was alive but today that legacy continues with the We Will Rock You musical and also work starting on a new Movie. (If you haven’t heard, Brian May and Roger Taylor are working on a Movie about Queen which will come out soon. Rumours are that Sascha Baron Cohen might even star as Freddie in this new Queen Movie.)

Sky News

Freddie’s Friends To Attend Charity Auction

Sky News covered this story about Freddie’s Birthday and this charity Auctions which has a few Queen items for sale.

http://news.sky.com/home/showbiz-news/article/16061499 (Unfortunately this Link has expired – This news story was checked Oct 2021)

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Celebs honour friend Freddie

Sky News covered how the friends of Freddie Mercury were celebrating Freddie Mercury’s 65th birthday.

http://news.sky.com/home/article/16062302 (Unfortunately this Link has expired – This news story was checked Oct 2021)

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London Evening Standard

Charity Party to Celebrate Freddie Mercury’s 65th Birthday. Similar to the top Sky News story about the charity auction to celebrate Freddie’s Birthday.

http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/showbiz/article-23980025-charity-party-to-celebrate-freddie-mercurys-65th.do (Unfortunately this Link has expired – This news story was checked Oct 2021)

 

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Rumour … Queen working on Michael Jackson Freddie Mercury tracks

There are a lot of internet rumours at the moment that Queen are working on some tracks which were laid down in the early 80’s. These tracks feature Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson who at the time were good friends. I do remember that aeround the mid 80s I would have liked a lot of Michaels tracks but myself, I never really felt that Michael Jacksons vocals were as strong or as emotionally charged as Freddies vocals. (As an aside and an interesting fact, Micahael and Freddie quit the project as Freddie was put off by Michael having an alpacca or a lama in the recording studio.)

Apparently Queen drummer Roger Taylor, has said that it was Michael who suggested they release “Another one Bites the Dust” as a single which became Queens biggest hit in the U.S.A.

Freddie and Michael laid down 3 tracks called “Victory”, “State of Shock” (later released with Mick Jagger) and “There must Be More to Life than This” (later released on Freddie’s solo album Mr. Bad Guy). These Michael Jackson Freddie Mercury tracks or demos were never finished.

The rumour mill has pointed to an interview with a Belgian magazine where Roger Taylor said, “We are now working on some never-before-released songs that Freddie made with Michael in the early 80’s. I’m not allowed to say too much about it but they sound incredible!”.

What do you think? Would you like to hear these Michael Jackson Freddie Mercury Tracks? Let me know in the comments below what your thoughts are on these old and rare recordings.

Internet sources: Legendary MJ; Knack Focus

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Freddie Lives on Mojo Magazine ; A Tribute to Freddie

Mojo – The Worlds Best Music Magazine, has an excellent tribute to Freddie Mercury online.

The Cover of Mojo Magazine also has Freddie in a classic pose. The magazine has a feature on Queen Also – the details of the magazine feature are as follows;

“QUEEN: So how did young, quiet Fred Bulsara transform himself into strutting peacock Queen frontman Freddie Mercury? In this fascinating MOJO exclusive, Mark Blake takes us from Zanzibar to Kensington Market to Wembley Stadium, speaking to the friends, band members and eyewitnesses who witnessed the grand metamorphosis.”
Source: http://cover.mojo4music.com/Item.aspx?pageNo=1819&year=2011 (Link Expired) 
Have you seend this Mojo Tribute to Freddie? Let me know your thoughts on the feature and if you felt it was a good article / feature. Lots of Queen interest in the press right now. Freddie continues to be remembered.

Read the Mojo Tribute to Freddie

If you want to read the full on-line Tribute to Freddie Mercury visit MoJo online at
http://www.mojo4music.com/blog/2010/11/freddie_lives.html (Link Expired)

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Freddie tribute singles from Nobodeknows released on iTunes

As we remember the loss of the incomparable Freddie Mercury on 24th November 1991 – two tribute singles will be released to honour the life and genius of Freddie Mercury. “November” & “Freddie was a Rocker” are the debut releases from nobodeknows. “November” is a piano based ballad which almost pays a tribute (musically) to Freddie’s “Barcelona” project with Monserrat Caballe, while “Freddie was a Rocker.” provides the definitive rock  statment about Freddie Mercury, and features an optimism which was a hallmark of Freddie and Queen’s music.

Samples from Nobodeknows

Sample clips for both songs from nobodeknows can be found on YouTube, and both songs are available as of November 24 exclusively on iTunes UK/Europe, Japan and Canada stores.”

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Freddie Mercury named Greatest Rock Legend of All Time

Freddie Mercury has been named the ‘Greatest Rock Legend of All Time’ on the website OnePoll.com.

Freddie Mercury, beat off the challenge from Elvis Presley to claim the title of Greatest Rock Legend of all Time. The Queen front-man who sold 300 million records after forming Queen in 1970 was best known for his charismatic and dramatic stage presence during his 21 years with Queen.

David Bowie, came third in the poll, followed by Jon Bon Jovi, Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, Jim Morrison, Slash, and Bono of U2 fame.

“Freddie Mercury had it all the voice, the image, the stage presence, everything,” the Daily Star quoted a OnePoll.com spokesman.

Freddie Mercury named Greatest Rock Legend of All Time – not surprising to Queen Fans

I’m sure as Queen fans we knew this already but it’s great to see that yet another online poll has proved that Freddie is the Greatest Rock Legend of all time. There have been many of these best vocalist and best frontman polls over the years and Freddie has always been in the top 3. What are your thoughts? Drop me an email or contact me on social media with your thoughts.

I don’t think anyone would disagree with this result!!

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Coverage of Freddie Mercury Day and Freddie Mercury’s Birthday

Freddie Mercury: Freddie For A Day 2010 – September 3, 2010

Are you Ready to Be Freddie for a Day on September 3, 2010?

Have you ever wanted to be Freddie for a day? Freddie For A Day is a celebration of the life of on Mr. Freddie Mercury. This year The Freddie for a Day 2010 celebration takes place on September 3rd, 2 days before his birthday (September 5th).

“Freddie for a Day” is meant to engage people in a fun way to remember Freddie, but will also help raise funds to support the fight against HIV AIDS. The funds will help the Mercury Phoenix Trust, which is a HIV AIDS charitable organisation set up in Freddie’s memory after his passing almost 20 years ago.

How do you help? How can you be Freddie for a Day?
Simply dress up as “Freddie For A Day”, put in curlers and get a hoover, or grow a mustache and put on your best leather gear and get your friends and family to sponsor you!

For full details on how to be “Freddie For A Day 2010” and raise money for HIV AIDS, visit www.mercuryphoenixtrust.com

Coverage of Freddie Mercury Day and Freddie Mercury’s Birthday

Freddie Wins in BBC TV Poll

Freddie Wins in BBC TV Poll

The results of the “I’m in a Rock ‘n’ Roll Band” TV Poll were announced by Jonathan Ross in a live TV broadcast last night. Freddie Wins in BBC TV Poll – The TV Poll was conducted under various categories such as Best Band, Best Singer, best Guitarist, Best Drummer, best Bassist and other relevant areas.

As could be expected Freddie Mercury won best singer but Queen lost out to Led Zeppelin in the Best Band category. I would have expected a UK based TV show to have a UK slant on the voting results. Therefore I expected to see Brian May as Best Guitarist and Queen as the Best Band. When I studied the nominees for Best Guitarist, Bassist and Drummer none of our Queen friends were even nominated in the BBC TV Poll.

The results were as follows …

Best Band – Led Zeppelin
Best Singer – Freddie Mercury
Best Guitarist – Jimi Hendrix
Best Drummer – John Bonham
Best Bassists – Flea

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