Freddie Mercury Biography and Quotes

Birthday: September 5th, 1946
Commemoration: November 24th, 1991
Nationality: British


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Farrokh Bulsara, or Freddie Mercury, was a renowned singer and record producer. He was popularly known for his role as the lead vocalist and producer of the local band, Queen. Through Queen, Freddie emerged to be one of the greatest rock singers that ever existed.

Early Life

The band leader was born in Stone Town, Zanzibar, to Bomi and Jer. The singer spent most of his childhood in India, living with his relatives. Freddie’s love for music started showing at a tender age. At the age of seven, the talented rock artist had already taken piano lessons. He schooled at St. Peter’s School, Panchgani. During his stay in the boarding school, Freddie formed a band that he named the Hectics. The groups covered rock and roll songs from artists such as Little Richard and Cliff Richard. Freddie also studied art at Isleworth Polytechnic, West London. 

Personal Life

In the early ‘70s, Mercury met Mary Austin through his band member, Brian May. Mary and Freddie started a long-term relationship, and they even moved in to live together in West Kensington. Later on, Freddie started an affair with a male record executive. He decided to reveal his sex life to Mary, and this saw their longtime relationship come to an end. 

Since then, Freddie never seems to find a stable relationship. In the ‘80s, Freddie was said to have a love affair with an Austrian actress, Barbara Valentin. Afterward, the singer started a relationship with Jim Hutton, an Irish-born hairdresser. Jim spent time with the singer until the time of his death. 


Mercury started his career selling second-hand clothes in Kensington Market, London, together with his then-girlfriend, Mary. On one occasion, the singer also worked at Heathrow Airport, in the baggage section. His career as an artist is associated with various bands. For instance, in 1969, he joined Ibex, a band from Liverpool. 

The singer renamed the group to Wreckage before leaving and joining the Sour Milk Sea. The Oxford-based band also broke up. In the early ‘70s, Freddie teamed up with Brian May and Roger Taylor, the drummer, to form a group. Later on, John Deacon joined the band, and it was named Queen. Freddie continued to produce songs for his band and solo projects until the time of his death. 


Freddie died at the age of 45 years at his home in Kensington after suffering from bronchial pneumonia, which resulted from HIV/AIDS. His death came 24 hours after stating being infected with the virus. 

Quotes by Freddie Mercury