Freddie Mercury Would have been 75 today 5th September 2021
Remembering Freddie Mercury
Today, (05.09) we would have celebrated Freddie Mercury’s 75th birthday. Unfortunately, on November 24, 1991, the legendary Queen singer passed away due to complications from AIDS at the age of 45. By this time, Mercury had already reached incredible career milestone, so in celebrating the music icon’s life, let’s look back at his biggest moments.
- Academic achievements
In 1969, the British singer graduated from London’s Ealing Art College, where he studied Art and Graphic Design. Although his professional career followed a different path into the music industry, his honed artistic skills led him to participating in the creation of the iconic heraldic arms, part of Queen’s logo.
- The beginning of Queen
By 1970 the Queen members were regularly rehearsing together and ready to focus on their career. Their debut album ‘Queen’, released in 1973, featured their first single, ‘Keep Yourself Alive’. During a radio interview in 1977, the band’s guitarist Brian May said he wrote the lyrics to the track, but his idea of the meaning behind them was completely changed when Mercury leant the track his unique voice.
- Queen’s first number one
‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’, was Mercury’s first number one with Queen on the Billboard Hot 100, although it missed out on the top spot on the UK chart. The 1979 single, written by Freddie himself, remained at the top of the US chart for four weeks in a row. Over the past years numerous music stars have covered the famous track, including Michael Bublé and Maroon 5.
- The biggest paying audience ever
By the early 80s, Freddie and the rest of Queen were already rock megastars across most of the planet, so they embarked on a South American tour called The Game in 1981. In Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Mercury and fellow Queen members gave a concert to a 250,000 people crowd, setting a new world record at the time for the biggest paying audience at the time.
- Iconic Live Aid performance
Perhaps the most fondly remembered Freddie Mercury concert performance took place during 1985’s charity gig Live Aid at Wembley Stadium, London. In 2005, Queen’s 21-minute live performance was voted as the greatest in rock history by a group of 60 people consisting of music stars, prominent figures within the music industry and journalists.
- Striking out solo
That same year, 1985, Freddie reached a new musical milestone, releasing his debut solo album ‘Mr. Bad Guy’, while Queen were on hiatus from recording. The album features Mercury’s iconic track ‘Living On My Own’, the video of which shows footage of his 35th birthday party at a Munich nightclub. Freddie lived in the German city for some years in the 80s.
- The Halls of Fame
Freddie Mercury did not only reach many milestones during his lifetime, but these also continued after his tragic passing. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the UK Music Hall of Fame, in 2001, 2003 and 2004, respectively.
- Freddie For A Day
Another high distinction that Freddie received after his death was given in 2010 when The Mercury Phoenix Trust, founded by Brian May and Roger Taylor, established an annual initiative called Freddie For A Day, which aims to preserve the fantastic singer’s life, work and legacy.
- Bohemian Rhapsody
The Hollywood blockbuster ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ was released in 2018, detailing Freddie’s private life and work and helped introduce a new generation to the legend that is Freddie Mercury. Freddie Mercury was excellently portrayed by Rami Malek and the movie won four Academy Awards for Best Actor, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing.
- His smile
Although it is not a professional achievement per se, Freddie Mercury’s trademark, his fantastic smile featuring four extra teeth will always have a special place in fans’ hearts all over the world. His unique appearance reflected the wonderful, eccentric and charismatic personality of this man, and will never be forgotten.