Freddie Mercury

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Legal name: Farrokh Bulsara

Also performs as: Larry Lurex

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Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara; Gujarati: Pharōkh Balsārā‌; 5 September 1946 – 24 November 1991) was a British singer-songwriter and producer, best known as the lead vocalist and lyricist of the rock band Queen. As a performer, he was known for his flamboyant stage persona and powerful vocals over a four-octave range. As a songwriter, he composed many hits for Queen, including "Bohemian Rhapsody," "Killer Queen," "Somebody to Love," "Don't Stop Me Now," "Crazy Little Thing Called Love," and "We Are the Champions." In addition to his work with Queen, he led a solo career, and also occasionally served as a producer and guest musician (piano or vocals) for other artists. He died of bronchopneumonia brought on by AIDS on 24 November 1991, only one day after publicly acknowledging he had the disease.

Mercury was a Parsi born in the Sultanate of Zanzibar and grew up there and in India until his mid-teens. Posthumously, in 1992 he was awarded the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music, and the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert was held at Wembley Stadium, London. As a member of Queen, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001, the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2003, the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2004, and the band received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2002. Also in 2002, Mercury was placed at number 58 in the BBC's poll of the 100 Greatest Britons.

He has been voted one of the greatest singers in the history of popular music. In 2005, a poll organised by Blender and MTV2 saw Mercury voted the best male singer of all time. In 2008, Rolling Stone editors ranked him number 18 on their list of the 100 greatest singers ever. In 2009, a Classic Rock poll elected him the best rock singer of all time. Additionally, AllMusic has characterised Mercury as "one of rock's greatest all-time entertainers," who possessed "one of the greatest voices in all of music."

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1985 Mr. Bad Guy Freddie Mercury 3
1988 Barcelona Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballé 5 9
1992 The Freddie Mercury Album Freddie Mercury 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1992 The Great Pretender Freddie Mercury 2
2000 Solo Freddie Mercury 1
2000 The Solo Collection Freddie Mercury 1
2006 Lover of Life, Singer of Songs: The Very Best of Freddie Mercury Solo Freddie Mercury 3 4

Album + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1993 Remixes Freddie Mercury 2

Single

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1984 Love Kills Freddie Mercury 1
1986 Time Freddie Mercury 1
1987 Barcelona Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballé 3
1987 The Great Pretender Freddie Mercury 2
1993 Living on My Own Freddie Mercury 3 3
Guide Me Home Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballé 2
In My Defence Freddie Mercury 2

Other + Interview

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Limited Edition Interview Picture Disc Freddie Mercury 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Freddie Mercury Star Profile Freddie Mercury 1
In Memoriam Freddie Mercury 1

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