Tribute to King of “Queen” Freddie Mercury

by azzayindia | September 6, 2008 at 03:02 am
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Freddie mercury was in a class of his own. he an 'empire child', born right at the end of the colonial era, so he kind of had an old-fashioned britishness about him,
that existed in stark contrast to the flamboyance of the 70's rock he typified. He was a child of a well-to-do family and had that kind of gentlemanliness about him that rock stars completely lack these days.
He also had great talent for the piano, and of course a trememdous voice.
The great thing about him was, for all the refreshingly unashamed flamboyance of his lifestyle, he never seemed to court publicity, yet never seemed too upset by the attention either.
When you think about it, the real strength of Queen was the way they sidestepped the homophopbia that they could easily have been a target of.
Few bands today would have the balls to call their band Queen, and less would dare to be as blatantly campy as freddie. Yet the power of queen's music (some of which, according to
the mighty henry rollins "Could strip the paint off your car") eclipsed all other concerns the 70's audiences may have had. The name Queen now almost stands for a kind of Rock machismo, which is deliciously and perplexingly ironic in itself.

Freddie was a great performer because he sang with joy, and his charisma was almost peerless. I remember hearing my grandmother's opinion that the the way he manipulated the crowd (as can be seen in the Wembley footage) was *obscene*.
The only thing I can compare it to is the Nuremberg rally. Watching those scenes, you can almost imagine an 'Evil Freddie', that, after serenading the crowd with call-and-response singalongs, tells them all to march on Westminster. And they almost certainly would.

MUSSOORIE: 4 Sept: Following the fall of the Sassanid Empire in 651, many Zoroastrians migrated. Among them were many groups who ventured to Gujarat on the western shores of the Indian subcontinent, where they finally settled. The descendants of those refugees are today known as the Parsis. Some settled in Southern Gujarat in the town of Bulsar or Valsad. One such family was that of Bomi and Jer Bulsara, the parents of  legendary Rock Musician, Songwriter and live performer Farrouk Balsara or, as the world knows him, Freddie Mercury. The King of “Queen” (he was the lead singer of  Queen, the great rock band) was born on 5 September 1946 in Stone Town, a small spice island in Zanzibar off the coast of Tanzania, as the family had moved there for his father to continue his job as a cashier at the British Colonial Office. He had a younger sister, Kashmira, who was born in 1952. In 1954, at the age of eight, Freddie was sent to St Peter's, an English boarding school in Panchgani, about fifty miles outside Mumbai. It was there his friends began to call him “Freddie”, a name the family also adopted. He was a bright student who excelled at several sports. He formed a popular school band, called ‘The Hectics’, for which he played the piano. It is learnt that he had an uncanny ability to listen to the radio and replay what he heard on the piano. At school, Freddie liked hockey, sprinting and boxing. Freddie was not only a good sportsman, his artistic skills were incomparable. At the age of twelve, he was awarded the school trophy as Junior All-rounder. He was a music freak and played records on the family’s record player. He preferred music to school work. He loved his piano lessons and applied himself to them with determination and skill, finally achieving Grade IV both in practical and theory. He completed his education in India at St Mary's (ISC) High School in Mazagon before returning to Zanzibar.
As a child, Mercury listened to a lot of Indian music and one of his early influences was t playback singer Lata Mangeshkar, whom he had the opportunity to see live in India. After moving to England, Mercury became a fan of ‘The Who’, Elvis Presley, ‘Led Zeppelin’, Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon and The Beatles but his favourite performer was singer and actress Liza Minnelli.
At the age of 17, Mercury and his family, along with many of the British and Indians, due to political unrest left Zanzibar and  moved into a small house in Feltham, London. He  enrolled at Isleworth Polytechnic  in West London and studied art. Earning a Diploma in Art and Graphic Design at Ealing Art College, later using these skills in order to design the Queen crest. Mercury remained a British citizen for the rest of his life. During vacations, he took a variety of jobs to earn some money; one was in the catering department at Heathrow Airport, Feltham trading estate, a job in a warehouse lifting and stacking heavy crates and boxes. He studied hard, and achieved his Art A level, graduating in the spring of 1966.
In April 1970,  after dabbling with  series of bands like “Ibex” later renamed Wreckage he later  joined “Sour Milk Sea”. Failing in that, too, he again joined with guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor. Despite reservations from the other members, Mercury chose the name "Queen" and with it he also legally changed his name to Freddie Mercury thus completely transforming himself for the big stage. With joining of John Deacon the band and “Queen” were complete.
Freddie was the author of the first Queen song that entered the British charts (Seven Seas Of Rhye), the first big hit (Killer Queen) and the most famous Queen song that was on the top of charts for 9 weeks (Bohemian Rhapsody).
In 1980, Freddie changed his image. He cut his hair and grew a moustache. His fans began to send him gifts of nail polish and razor blades.
In 1982, the band took a break from each other announcing that they wouldn’t be touring throughout 1983. Freddie collaborated with Georgio Moroder, for a solo album and the result of this association was the song “Love Kills”.
July 13, 1985 Queen and Freddie gave their memorable performance at Live Aid, a tremendous show at Wembley Stadium in front of 72,000 people, broadcast over one billion people worldwide. Queen secured their place in history, by stealing the show.
Freddie Mercury created a dedicated fan base for himself as well as his Band “Queen” through his theatrical performance and flamboyance.
Julie Eby-Mskenzie, a communication specialist at Woodstock School, here, reminiscing about Mercury says, “I loved the music of Queen, the fantastic and amazingly talented artists. It is tragic the way Mercury died but he was thouroughly creative.” Her favourite Queen number was “Bohemian Raphsody”and really the funny ones. She added further that is was incredibly versatile. He took some of the Beatles’ ideas and the change of music in the middle of the song and his unique voice was what hooked her to Freddie Mercury’s music.The present generation music lover should really listen to his music and they would find so much to learn.
Darab Nagarwala, Outdoor Education teacher at Hanifl Centre,Woodstock School, said, “I was introduced to Freddie’s music during my school days in the social gatherings at Woodstock. He also said that some songs were like anthems for most children. “We are the Champions” is still played in the graduation parties of high schools. Adding further he said, “I remember the song “I want to break free” and “We will Rock You”, which feature regularly in the introduction of the Woodstock Basketball Tournament even now. Darab adds that present day students know the songs but are not aware of the artists and it is due to the fact that there are no live performances plus the songs are good to listen to but are difficult to play like “Bohemian Raphsody’. Freddie could go high and low with his voice easily, he was so creative. Being a Parsi, himself, he thinks that the Parsi community should be proud of this rock legend.
Darab also has an unnamed Band and soon they will be performing live and a “Queen’ song will definitely figure in it.
Vijayan Almieda, Songwriter/Lead Guitarist of the rock band  “Kixmet” from Goa,  paid tribute to Freddie Mercury saying, “The greatest thing about Freddy Mercury was that he lived a lot of his life here. It just proved to me that we Indians have what it takes to make it on the international stage. My favorite Freddie/Queen song will always be ' We are the Champions'.  It is inspiring and powerful, done in the trademark Queen style, layered guitars, progressive chord structures, choral voices and Freddy's emblematic Operatic Vocal style. The song makes me believe that our dreams are not impossible and we could emerge winners some day. Musically, Freddie contributed a lot to the sound of Queen and their numerous experiments with techno (livin on my own), opera/classical and even good old rock n roll (crazy lil thing called Love).”
Arjun Kaul, Lead Vocalist of the leading Rock Band from Delhi, “Prithvi’, said,
“Freddie Mercury is a special inspiration for me personally. He has shown me what a human being can achieve as musician. Although we're all unique, we all want to be like him in grace, eloquence, and passion. The body of work he has left for us will inspire generations for eons to come. A compositional genius and the greatest singer that ever lived, Freddie Mercury possessed a very distinctive voice, including a recorded range of four octaves. On his birthday, I would like to rejoice and celebrate his stay on earth. I cannot pinpoint any particular song by him as my favorite because I think everything he ever wrote was brilliant. These days I keep listening to "A kind of magic", "Killer Queen", and "The Great Pretender".
Freddie last performed on 8 October 1988. The King of Queen breathed his last on 24 November 1991 at his home in London. He was suffering from AIDS-related bronchial pneumonia.
Mary Austin, his friend from 1970, was with him until his death.
Monty, Lead Vocalist of “Corsair”, the rock band from Dehradun, says, “Freddie was a saint, with immense musical talent. Who gives a damn if he was gay.”
Freddie Mercury was truly the ultimate showman of ROCK!


 

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at 04:01 on September 6th, 2008

azzayindia, I like this story. It's good stuff.

Barry Artiste
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at 05:57 on September 6th, 2008

azzayindia, I like this story. It's good stuff. Gotta love Queen, Gotta love Freddie

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i miss freddy so much

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