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Tue Nov 24, 2020, 06:56 AM

29 Years Ago Today; Freddie Mercury dies

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freddie_Mercury



Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara; 5 September 1946 – 24 November 1991) was a British singer, songwriter, record producer, and lead vocalist of the rock band Queen. Regarded as one of the greatest singers in the history of rock music, he was known for his flamboyant stage persona and four-octave vocal range. Mercury defied the conventions of a rock frontman, with his highly theatrical style influencing the artistic direction of Queen.

Born in 1946 in Zanzibar to Parsi-Indian parents, he attended English-style boarding schools in India from the age of eight and returned to Zanzibar after secondary school. In 1964, his family fled the Zanzibar Revolution, moving to Middlesex, England. Having studied and written music for years, he formed Queen in 1970 with guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor. Mercury wrote numerous hits for Queen, including "Killer Queen", "Bohemian Rhapsody", "Somebody to Love", "We Are the Champions", "Don't Stop Me Now", and "Crazy Little Thing Called Love". His charismatic stage performances often saw him interact with the audience, as displayed at the 1985 Live Aid concert. He also led a solo career and served as a producer and guest musician for other artists.

Mercury died in 1991 at age 45 due to complications from AIDS. He confirmed the day before his death that he had contracted the disease, having been diagnosed in 1987. Mercury had continued to record with Queen following his diagnosis, and he was posthumously featured on the band’s final album, Made in Heaven (1995). In 1992, his tribute concert was held at Wembley Stadium. His career with Queen was dramatised in the 2018 biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.

As a member of Queen, Mercury was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001, the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2003, and the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2004. In 1990, he and the other Queen members were awarded the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music, and one year after his death Mercury was awarded it individually. In 2005, Queen were awarded an Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Song Collection from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers, and Authors. In 2002, Mercury ranked number 58 in the BBC's poll of the 100 Greatest Britons.

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Miss you an awful lot, Freddie.

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Reply 29 Years Ago Today; Freddie Mercury dies (Original post)
Dennis Donovan Nov 24 OP
TEB Nov 24 #1
tavernier Nov 24 #11
DonaldsRump Nov 24 #2
TNNurse Nov 24 #7
Rice4VP Nov 24 #3
NurseJackie Nov 24 #4
Rice4VP Nov 24 #5
AllyCat Nov 24 #6
Ohiogal Nov 24 #8
Ferrets are Cool Nov 24 #9
tavernier Nov 24 #10
tavernier Nov 24 #12
mahatmakanejeeves Nov 28 #13

Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Tue Nov 24, 2020, 07:00 AM

1. Was listening to innuendo Sunday

That album gives me chills still to this day.

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Response to TEB (Reply #1)

Tue Nov 24, 2020, 08:36 AM

11. One of the best.

I agree with the chills... Till the end of time...

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Tue Nov 24, 2020, 07:01 AM

2. Somewhere, I have Queen's Greatest Hits on CD

Just a fabulous album...every track is magnificent, just like Freddie Mercury.

You were one of a kind, mate. RIP.

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Response to DonaldsRump (Reply #2)

Tue Nov 24, 2020, 07:37 AM

7. That is a great CD for driving around.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Tue Nov 24, 2020, 07:07 AM

3. One of my favorite groups of all time. The movie

was also fantastic

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Response to Rice4VP (Reply #3)

Tue Nov 24, 2020, 07:11 AM

4. I enjoyed the movie too. Later I saw youtube side-by-side comparisons of his LiveAid performance...

... it was absolutely perfect.. The moves and choreography were in perfect sync with the original performance, just amazing.

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Response to NurseJackie (Reply #4)

Tue Nov 24, 2020, 07:15 AM

5. Yeah, after I saw the movie I went crazy on YouTube

trying to see how accurate they were with various performances. I was born in South America in the late 70s and one of my most vivid memories is hearing “Another one Bites the Dust” at a family party. I have played their music throughout the years but my teenage daughter became a fan after watching the movie

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Tue Nov 24, 2020, 07:27 AM

6. My dad and I loved Queen. First concert I ever saw.

They were spectacular and Freddie was instrumental in bringing the audience into the scene of the night. I was crushed when I heard he died. And we had good treatments just a few months later. RIP Freddie!

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Tue Nov 24, 2020, 08:14 AM

8. Awwww

What a great photo.

Miss him so much

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Tue Nov 24, 2020, 08:33 AM

10. I'm flying to Michigan in April to see a Queen tribute band

that is playing in the theater where I worked when I was 16. Both flight and show were scheduled this past April but canceled due to virus, but both tickets are being honored next year.

Freddie is actually my spirit guide. I know, I know, I’m a wacky old weirdo, but he’s been a really great guide, so .

Queen!!

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Tue Nov 24, 2020, 08:43 AM

12. I've read all of his biographies but my favorite

is by Peter Hince, his long time roadie, AKA Ratty. He talks in general about traveling with Queen and their many concerts and escapades. It it especially good in audio form because the reader is very talented and mimics the voices, great fun to listen to.

Thanks for posting this tribute!

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Sat Nov 28, 2020, 04:37 PM

13. Dying on exactly the same day ...

80s Grooves Headphone Retweeted

November 24th, Is a very sad day for my family and 1000's of fans & musicians around the world.
We would like all you great folks out there to NOT be sad, but to celebrate Eric's memory with us.
Please share your stories and photos with us.
RIP, Eric and Freddie


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