This Day in Rock History: Freddie Mercury is Born



freddiemercurystatueOn this day in 1946, the late Farrokh Bulsara, also known as legendary Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, was born in Stone Town in the Sultanate of Zanzibar. Mercury’s impact on music was obviously gigantic; he is widely recognized as one of the great singers in rock history, one of the great entertainers and stage presences in rock history. and is still widely beloved across the world today.

Mercury was also widely admired and beloved from within the rock community. Here are a few quotes about Mercury, via queenrockband.blogspot.com:

“There’s so few people behind the glamour who really make it as true performers. It’s very strange thoroughbred condition to be a successful musician and still be able to project it with confidence. Freddie had that, and there’s not many people who have had it.” – Robert Plant

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“I was deeply saddened when I heard Freddie passed away. A great performer, a great voice, a great musician was lost to the world. Thank God we have the music to listen to forever.” – Rob Halford of Judas Priest

“If I didn’t have Freddie Mercury’s lyrics to hold on to as a kid, I don’t know where I would be. It taught me about all forms of music. It would open my mind. I never really had a bigger teacher in my whole life.” – Axl Rose

“Of all the more theatrical rock performers, Freddie took it further than the rest… he took it over the edge. And of course, I always admired a man who wears tights. I only saw him in concert once and as they say, he was definitely a man who could hold an audience in the palm of his hand.” – David Bowie

“When we lost Freddie, we not only lost a great personality, a man with a great sense of humour, a true showman, but we lost probably the best. The best virtuoso rock ‘n’ roll singer of all time. He could sing anything in any style. He could change his style from line to line and, God, that’s an art. And he was brilliant at it.” – Roger Daltrey

Mercury’s voice continues to sing to the world 24 years after his death in 1991 and will continue to do so long after all of us are gone. We’ll close it out with some favorites from Mercury and Queen:

Photo credit: By S_Werner (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons

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