Freddie Mercury (1946 – 1991) was the lead vocalist of the rock band Queen, and is regarded by many as one of the greatest rock singers of all time. He wrote many of Queen’s hit songs including “Bohemian Rhapsody” which is regarded by many as one of the greatest rock songs of all time. Other hit songs written by Mercury include “Somebody to Love”, “We Are The Champions”, “Killer Queen”, “Don’t Stop Me Now” and “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”.
During the 1980’s, some of Queen’s best known songs were released such as – Another One Bites The Dust (1980), Flash (1980), Under Pressure (1981), Radio Ga Ga (1984), I Want To Break Free (1984), A Kind Of Magic (1986), I Want It All (1989) as well as their 1981 Greatest Hits album which is the best-selling album in the UK and is certified nine times platinum in the US. Queen’s performance in the 1985 Live Aid concert is known as one of the greatest performances in rock history.
Freddie Mercury gave his last performance in Auguest 1986, and died of AIDS five years later in 1991 at the age of 45.
Mercury was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001, the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2003, and the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2004. He also won a Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution To Music, and along with Queen was awarded an Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Song Collection.
In 2002, Freddie Mercury was voted number 58 in a BBC poll of the 100 Greatest Britons.