Anniversary of Freddie Mercury's Death: 11/24
Posted 11/24/2012 12:00:00 AM

Anniversary of Freddie Mercury’s Death – November 24th, 1991

Conversation Starters:

  • Today marks the 21st anniversary of Freddie Mercury’s death. In his memory, share with us your all-time favorite Queen song!
  • Today in 1991, Rock and Roll lost one of the greatest front men in history. You are missed, Freddie Mercury!
  • 21 years ago today, Freddie Mercury died tragically at the age of 45. In his honor, share your favorite Freddie moment!

Fast Facts:

  • Birth name: Farrokh Balsara
  • Born: 9/5/1946 in Stone Town, Zanzibar to mother Jer and father Bomi
  • Died: 11/24/1991 Due to AIDS related illness, in his home in Kensington, London
  • Instruments: Vocals, Piano, Keyboard and Guitar
  • Nicknames: “Freddie”
  • In 1954 Farrokh was sent to  St. Peters School near Mumbai India, where classmates called him Freddie as a nickname; his family also adopted the name for him
  • In 1958 Freddie formed a his first band called “The Hectics”
  • When Freddie was 17, he and his family left Zanzibar and moved to Middlesex England
  • Freddie attended Ealing College in 1966 and graduated with a diploma in graphic art and design in 1969
  • Freddie became friends with guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor who played in a band called “Smile”
  • Freddie met aspiring rock band “Ibex” in 1969
  • Ibex added Freddie along with them started playing around England, but “Ibex” broke up after a name change to “Wreckage”  at the end of the 1960’s
  • Mercury then moved on to a band called “Sour Milk Sea” and began singing for the group in 1969, but after just 2 months together, they broke up
  • In April of 1970 Tim Staffell had left “Smile” so Freddie joined with May and Taylor
  • Freddie then changed the band’s name to “Queen” and also changed his last name to Mercury
  • On June 27th, 1970 Queen had their first concert in Cornwall, England
  • In March of 1971 bassist John Deacon joined the band
  • On June 29th, 1973 Mercury Released a single called “I Can Hear Music” under the name Larry Lurex
  • On July 13th, 1973 “Queen” released their debut, self-titled album and the band embarked on their first US tour the following April
  • Mercury received his first Ivor Novello award on May 22nd, 1975 for the song “Killer Queen”
  • On October 31st, 1975 Freddie’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” gave Queen their first #1 single on the UK charts
  • The album A Night at the Opera was released in November of 1975 and became Queen’s first #1 album on the UK charts
  • Freddie received his second Ivor Novello award for song “Bohemian Rhapsody” in January of 1976
  • In October of ‘77 Freddie and Queen filmed the music video for “We are the Champions”; the Queen fan club made up the audience
  • Mercury and the Royal Ballet teamed up to perform “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” in October of 1979
  • On February 23rd, 1980 the song “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” went # 1 in the U.S.
  • On September 25th, 1982 Freddie and Queen perform on the show Saturday Night Live
  • Freddie released his first single under his own name “Love Kills” on September 10th, 1984
  • Mercury’s first album “Mr. Bad Guy” was released on April 29th, 1985
  • Queen’s performance at  the concert fundraiser Live Aid in July of 1985 at Wembley Stadium is regarded as one of the greatest in rock history
  • On September 5th, 1985 Mercury took over a night club in Munich and decorated it to film the video for “Living On My Own”
  • In May of 1986 Mercury collaborated with Dave Clark on two songs on his album Time
  • Freddie played his last show with Queen on August 9th, 1986 in Knebworth Park in Stevenge, in front of a crowd of over 100 thousand fans
  • Mercury releases his version of the classic “The Great Pretender” on February 23rd, 1987
  • In October of 1987 Mercury released his first duet single with Montserrat Caballe called “Barcelona”
  • April 14th, 1988 was Mercury’s last live on stage performance; it was a fund raiser for AIDs in London’s West End
  • Mercury and Caballe released their album Barcelona on October 10th, 1988
  • Freddie Mercury died tragically of died of bronchopneumonia brought on by AIDS on 24 November 1991, only one day after publicly acknowledging he had the disease.
  • In April of 1992 a Freddie Mercury tribute concert was held at Wembly Stadium
  • On November 16th, 1992 the album The Freddie Mercury Album was released
  • A remix of “Living On My Own” was released on July 19th, 1993 which posthumously gave Freddie his first #1 single on the UK charts
  • In 2008, Rolling Stone rated Mercury #18 on their list of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time

Personal Life:

  • Freddie’s Father worked as a high court cashier for the British Government
  • Freddie also had a sister Kashmira who was born in 1952
  • Mercury met Mary Austin in the early 1970’s the two lived together during the 1970’s and remained good friends till his death
  • Freddie was known for his flamboyant personality that was always stretching the limits
  • Mercury labeled himself as a bisexual

Discography: Solo/Duet

  • Mr. Bad Guy – 1985
  • Barcelona – 1988

Discography: (with Queen)

  • Queen – 1973
  • Sheer Heart Attack – 1974
  • Queen II – 1974
  • A Night at the Opera – 1975
  • A Day at the Races – 1976
  • News of the World – 1977
  • Jazz  - 1978
  • Live Killers - 1979
  • The Game – 1980
  • Hot Space – 1982
  • The Works – 1984
  • A Kind of Magic – 1986
  • The Miracle – 1989
  • At the Beeb – 1989
  • Innuendo – 1991
  • Made In Heaven – 1995

RIAA: (with Queen)

  • February 23rd, 2012: Platinum Collection Vol. 1-3 – 2x Platinum
  • May 23rd, 2006: Greatest Hits – 8x Platinum
  • November 15th, 2002: A Kind of Magic – Gold
  • November 14th, 2002: News of the World – 4x Platinum
  • November 14th, 2002: Live Killers – 2x Platinum
  • November 14th, 2002: Classic Queen – 3x Platinum
  • November 14th, 2002: The Game – 4x Platinum
  • November 14th, 2002: A Night at the Opera – Platinum
  • November 14th, 2002: A Day at the Races – Platinum
  • March 26th, 1996: Made in Heaven – Gold
  • April 3rd, 1991: Innuendo – Gold
  • April 24th, 1984: The Works – Gold
  • July 12th, 1982: Hot Space – Gold
  • November 28th, 1978: Jazz – Platinum
  • November 18th, 1975: Sheer Heart Attack – Gold

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