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Queen’s frontman Freddie Mercury was a force to be reckoned with, the definition of a superstar. Considered one of the greatest rock singers of all time, Mercury’s theatrical essence and powerful stage presence coincided with his remarkable vocal range.
Today marks exactly thirty years since we lost Mercury who tragically lost his battle to AIDS on November 24th, 1991 at the age of 45. Queen continues to tour, these days with Adam Lambert as the lead singer, but always remembers to tribute their late former frontman and remind audiences he can never be replaced.
KLOS will also continue to celebrate the legacy and extraordinary talent of Mercury. Here are some interesting facts you might not have known about the singer:
- He was born in Zanzibar with the name Farrokh Bulsara
- He was close friends with David Bowie and Elton John
- His vocal range extended from bass low F2 to soprano high F6 as well as tenor high F5
- He obtained a degree in art
- He was born with four extra teeth in the back of his mouth
- He collected stamps
- Before he died, he knew Bohemian Rhapsody was going to be featured in Wayne’s World, and he loved it
- He wrote Crazy Little Thing Called Love in a bathtub.
- He loved cats and had about ten at one point
- His former fiance and lifetime friend Mary Austin is the only one who knows the location of his ashes
Watch Freddie Mercury with Queen perform at Live Aid in 1985 here: