If you were asked to name the biggest superstars in rock music of all time, there’s a good chance that Freddie Mercury would sit in your top ten. He formed ‘Queen’ in 1970, with Brian May and Roger Taylor, and together they became one of the biggest selling rock bands in the world. Their appearance at 1985’s Live Aid concert is still cited as among the greatest live performances from many musical sources. Mercury, the band’s inimitable lead singer, was a flamboyant performer and had an incredible vocal range. He wrote many of the band’s best-loved songs, including ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, ‘We are the Champions’ and ‘Under Pressure’, his 1982 smash hit duet with David Bowie. His life was tragically cut short in 1991 when, at the age of 45, he died of complications from AIDS.
The Humble Beginnings Of A Rock Legend
It was 1946, in the British Colony of Zanzibar East Africa, that Farrokh Bulsara was born. He spent most of his childhood at a boarding school in India, and it quickly became apparent that little Farrokh was a gifted musician. At 8 years old he learnt how to play the piano, and it was said that Farrokh only had to hear a song once to be able to play it back perfectly. At age 12 he had formed his own band covering popular songs of the time. Fleeing the Zanzibar Revolution in 1964, Freddie, as he was now known, fled to the safety of the UK. It was here that he met the band mates that would change rock music forever. Rami Malek stars as the Queen’s frontman in new biopic film which will chronicle the story of Freddie and Queen. The film ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ will be a must for all his fans.
Mercury’s Incredible Vocal Range
There are few performers even now that can match the vocal range of Freddie Mercury. While he naturally spoke in a baritone range, many of the tracks we come to associate with the singer were in the tenor range. He was one of the few singers that could effortlessly hit a perfect note anywhere from a bass to a high soprano. A truly unprecedented vocal range. Not only was his vocal range incredible, but Freddie’s effortless musical versatility meant he could also adapt to any style of music. This is reflected in the eclectic sounds featured in the music of ‘Queen’. Freddie’s way of expressing himself was to innovate and try something new every time, instead of doing the same thing over and over again. If you are interested in rock memorabilia, then make sure you visit Barnebys.com for upcoming auctions that might feature rock legends like Freddie Mercury.