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10 Unknown Facts About The Legendary And Most Versatile Singer Freddie Mercury

Published Wed Jun 19 2019 By Dibas Pratap Basnet
10 Unknown Facts About The Legendary And Most Versatile Singer Freddie Mercury

Freddie Mercury is undoubtedly one of the best performers in history if not the best there are very slim chances that his fans do not know about the eccentric and flamboyant on-stage persona, however, there are still some facts that even his biggest fans may not know about Mr. Fahrenheit himself.   

Few people know about the superstar off stage and even few knew him on a personal level however, he was one of the most beloved and figures in show business. While many of his on-stage performances established him as a distinguished name even among the best of rock stars.  

Among all the talent that has ever graced the music industry Mercury is in a class of his own and few have left a mark on the industry and the world as a whole as he did. One of the greatest showmen ever to be born he always had the spirit of fighting through adversity and overcoming obstacles as evidenced by Queen’s song “The Show Must Go On”.

Although 10 facts may not be enough to summarize Freddie Mercury here are some of the facts about Mr. Mercury that might shock even the biggest Queen fanatic. 

Unknown Facts About Freddie Mercury

1. Freddie Mercury Always Knew He Would Become Rock Royalty

Even before controlling the jam-packed venues and the passionate audience that came to Queen shows he knew that he would become an icon.  In the present world, Mercury’s legacy has been set in stone and he is universally recognized as a legend but he had confidence that he would be a star right from his early days.

Mercury performing in his iconic yellow jacket at Wembley Stadium
Mercury performing in his iconic yellow jacket at Wembley Stadium 

In fact, he has said that

“I always knew I was a star. And now, the rest of the world seems to agree with me.”

Similarly, he told people around him that he won’t become a rock star but he would become a legend, and he did indeed become a legend whose stardom still echoes in every corner of the world.

2. He Publically Revealed That He Had Aids A Day Before He Passed Away

Although his persona on stage might have made the greatest of extroverts shy, sources close to him have stated that he was very reserved and almost timid. He kept to himself most of the time and Queen members have also commented on his introvert persona off stage.

A photo of a frail Mercury shooting a music video
A photo of a frail Mercury shooting a music video

As a matter of fact, he kept the fact that he had AIDS a secret from the public and had revealed it to only a handful of people. He disclosed his disease to the public just a day before he would pass away on 24 November 1991.

3. The Legendary Bottomless Mic That He Used During His Performances Was An Accident

During the initial days of Queen, they were performing at a small venue when Mercury’s mic stand broke into two maybe it could not handle Freddie’s stardom. He was not stopped by the mishap and went on with the show as was in his nature to do so.

Freddie performing with the bottomless mic
Freddie performing with the bottomless mic

The image of him holding a microphone is more iconic than what most artists become in a lifetime. His moves with the mic persisted throughout his career as his signature.

4. Writing Hits Was As Easy As Pie To Mr. Fahrenheit

With his time in Queen and his solo work have provided the masses with some of the greatest songs in history however, Mercury did not find writing hits like Bohemian Rhapsody difficult.

Mercury wrote Bohemian Rhapsody which was released in 1975
Mercury wrote Bohemian Rhapsody which was released in 1975

In fact, he once said writing Bohemian Rhapsody, which is one of the best songs ever written was not any harder than writing Somebody To Love which in itself is a divine song.

5. Freddie Mercury Was Not The Original Singer Of Queen!

Queen is unimaginable without the presence of Freddie Mercury, in fact, he designed the bands emblem and is responsible for numerous hits that made the band legendary but he was not the original singer for the band.

Mercury performing at a Queen show in 1975
Mercury performing at a Queen show in 1975

They were originally fronted by Tim Staffell but recommended Freddie to the band members as he thought he would be a more appropriate singer for the band rather than Staffel.

6. He Sang “The Show Must Go On” When Struggling With AIDS

Mercury and Queen members were in the recording studio to record the epic melancholy song “The Show Must Go On” but Freddie was struggling to sing as he could not even walk anymore due to AIDS-related complications but not one phased by adversity, he downer a measure of Vodka and belted out a legendary track.

A picture of Freddie Mercury during his final days
A picture of Freddie Mercury during his final days 

This further cements his status as an artist and performer to the core. Many sources have also reported that he was positive and had a never say die attitude even till the very end.

7. The Late Queen Frontman Partied With Princess Diana In Gay Bars And Clubs

Another touch of Royalty to Mercury’s legacy was when he made Princess Diana wear disguises so that they could have fun together on nights out. 

Rock Royalty Freddie Mercury and Princess Diana used to party together
Rock Royalty Freddie Mercury and Princess Diana used to party together 

He took her to some bars and clubs dressed in drag so that the duo could enjoy without Princess Diana being recognized.

8. Despite Being Born In Zanzibar, Mercury Was Voted 59th In A Poll Conducted By The BBC Of The 100 Greatest Britons

Freddie Mercury was born Farrokh Bulsara in Stone Town, Sultanate of Zanzibar to Parsi parents originally from India but became a British icon due to his talents and tenure with Queen.

Mercury (middle) in India
Mercury (middle) in India 

His stardom and persona influenced so many people that he was voted 59th in the BBC poll of 100 Greatest Britons conducted in 2002 almost a decade after his death and in spite of the fact that he was not born in Britain.

9. Freddie Was A Huge Fan Of Blues Legends Jimi Hendrix And Aretha Franklin

It comes as no surprise that Freddie was inspired by some of the most iconic names in music. He idolized Jimi Hendrix and Aretha Franklin who are some of the best performers of all time.

Mercury giving an interview where he praised Aretha Franklin
Mercury giving an interview where he praised Aretha Franklin 

To quote Mercury,

Jimi Hendrix is very important. He's my idol. He sort of epitomizes, from his presentation on stage, the whole works of a rock star. There's no way you can compare him. You either have the magic or you don't. There's no way you can work up to it. There's nobody who can take his place.

Which clearly shows the love he had for Hendrix tunes. He also expressed his love for Aretha Franklin in an interview in 1984. He also said “I wish I could sing like her” in the same interview where he also heaped praise on her phrasing.

10. The Last Song Mercury Recorded Before He Passed Away Was “Mother Love”

A song that has brought legions of fans to tears, Mother Love is the last song ever recorded by Mercury. His condition had worsened to a degree where he could not even finish the song as he could not physically sing anymore and Brian May sang the ending verses.

Mercury's coffin being carried by close friends and family during his funeral
Mercury's coffin being carried by close friends and family during his funeral

The song’s melancholy is magnified by the lyrics which are about returning to the mother’s womb and going back to the start.

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