Little-known facts about the legendary musician
28 years ago, on November 24, 1991, the legendary singer and musician, soloist of the Queen band Freddie Mercury passed away. At that time he was only 45 years old. With his departure, an entire era of rock music of the twentieth century ended. These are well-known facts. But there were moments in his biography that he himself preferred not to talk about …
The fact that Freddie Mercury is a pseudonym is known to all fans of the musician. He himself did not hide this, although he lost his temper when he was called by his real name – Farrukh Bulsara. The singer rarely spoke about his homeland and childhood – he was not ashamed of his past, but preferred to live in the present and not to remember what was once.
He was born on September 5, 1946 on the island of Zanzibar. His parents were Parsi by nationality – this is a nation of Iranian descent, whose representatives profess Zoroastrianism. Their name Farrukh was then very common, in translation from Farsi it meant “happy”, “lucky”, “beautiful”. He won his first victory at the age of 1 year, when his photo won the title “Photo of the Year” at a local competition. And when Farrukh became a world star, he liked to repeat: “With the exception of my protruding teeth, I am perfection itself!”
Parents raised their son and daughter in national traditions, and from youth they visited the Zoroastrian temple and participated in all the rites and celebrations of fire worshipers, the first of which was the ceremony of consecration to the Zoroastrian faith. Farrukh already showed musical talent. His mother said: “We attended ceremonies and holidays, and he always sang … And he was so proud that he knew how to make everyone happy, even at that age.” His parents wanted to give him a good education, but in Zanzibar they did not see such an opportunity, and when Farrukh was 8 years old, he was sent to study in India.
It was an elite English-language school in the city of Panchgani. It was there that his classmates began to call him in the English manner of Freddy, and he liked this name. He talked a little about his school years: “I was in a boarding school for nine years, so I did not see my parents too often. This experience helped me a lot because it taught me how to stand up for myself. ” The birth of the star Freddie Mercury was associated not only with the emergence of a new name: the music teacher drew attention to his ability to play any melody heard on the piano on the piano and advised me to make music. Soon, Freddie began performing on the school stage with his first band – “The Hectics”. And at the age of 12 he was awarded the cup “for all-round giftedness”.
Already during the first concerts, his peculiarity manifested beyond recognition in the stage of transformation. In everyday life, Freddie was very shy, quiet, reserved and secretive, and during the performance he showed a stormy temperament and incredible artistry.
In 1964, when armed clashes broke out on Zanzibar Island, the Freddy family moved with him to England, where the young man continued his studies at Ealing College. There, in addition to music, he was engaged in design and painting, in which he also demonstrated success. Together with other college students, Freddie became a member of the music group “Smile”. Later it was renamed “Queen”, and Freddie took the pseudonym Mercury.
The words that Freddie Mercury most often repeated in interviews were probably the following phrases: “I like that after the Queen concert the audience diverges as after a pleasant pastime, feeling full of what they saw. I think our songs are a pure escape from reality, like a good film, watching which the audience says: “It was great,” and then return to their problems ”; “On stage, I’m the devil, but not a rebel. I can hardly be considered a revolutionary. I don’t strive to change the world with the help of our music … I like to compose songs for entertainment, for consumption, in a modern spirit. The public can throw them away like used wipes.