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14/50 Freddie Mercury

Freddie Mercury, born Farrokh Bulsara (5/IX/1946-24/XI/1991) was a British musician, singer and songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist 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, Mercury 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, penning hits such as "Barcelona", "I was born to love you" and "Living on my own". He died of bronchopneumonia brought on by AIDS on 24 November 1991, only one day after publicly acknowledging he had the disease.

Mercury was born in the British protectorate of Zanzibar, now part of Tanzania. He started taking piano lessons at the age of seven. The family moved to England in 1964, and in 1970 Mercury formed, together with Brian May and Roger Taylor a band named Smile, which later changed its name to Queen.

Dear Freddy Mercury, thank you for existing.

Bohemian rhapsody:
Don't stop me now:
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